Ways to Communicate in a Semi-Open Adoption in Arizona
For birth mothers in every state, weighing the advantages and disadvantages of open adoption and closed adoption is a huge deal. While closed adoption offers you separation, it lacks communication. While open adoption offers you communication, it lacks separation. If you want something that falls somewhere in between the two, however, a semi-open adoption seems to be the way to go. One of the most important qualities you’ll find at Adoption Choices of Arizona is our drive to ensure you the best adoption experience possible. We want to help you figure out what’s best for you.
Every adoption plan should be personalized to meet the needs of the birth mother, and if you need an adoption plan that gives you privacy and distance while allowing you to remain emotionally invested, then we’d be happy to accommodate. When discussing your adoption with an adoption caseworker, you’ll have the opportunity to talk about several different ways to communicate in a semi-open adoption. This opportunity will allow you to understand what semi-open adoption can offer you as a birth mother.
Here are just a few of the questions that you, and other birth mothers like you, might have about semi-open adoption and the ways to communicate within it.
What is Semi-Open Adoption?
As previously mentioned, semi-open adoption is a type of adoption that falls somewhere between open and closed. In an open adoption, the birth mother chooses the adoptive family she wants for her child, and she works with them to establish a method and frequency of communication. In a closed adoption, a birth mother gives her right to choose a family to the adoption agency, and has no contact with the adoptive family whatsoever. Both of these options are certainly valid, but sometimes, a birth mother feels pulled towards the emotional closure that closed adoption offers while still wanting the connection with her child that open adoption provides. In a case like this, a semi-open adoption is favorable.
A semi-open adoption will allow you to have a correspondence with an adoptive family while removing any identifying information. The benefits of this type of adoption generally center around the idea that it allows birth mothers like you to retain your privacy and move forward with your life after the adoption process without cutting off contact completely with your child and adoptive family. If you choose this option, you’ll be working with our adoption agency, Adoption Choices of Arizona, very closely. Our priority in this case is to help you facilitate ways to communicate in a semi-open adoption with your adoptive family.
How will I Communicate with the Adoptive Family in a Semi-Open Adoption?
There are a few ways to communicate in a semi-open adoption. As required by the adoption type, all contact information is left out of any interaction between you and your adoptive family, and all communication will be facilitated through a third party, such as your adoption agency. At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we use a secure, confidential portal online called ChildConnect. This ensures the removal of any identifying personal information from your communications, allowing you to maintain privacy and confidentiality in your adoption process. This still allows you to form a connection with your child through communication, but provides you with a degree of separation from him or her and the family.
As for the actual methods of communication, that’s entirely up to you. When it comes to ways to communicate in a semi-open adoption, many adoptive families and birth mothers tend to stick to traditional methods of communicating, such as letters. Digital methods have been growing in popularity over time as well, so things like emails are also becoming more common and frequent in the adoption world. In some cases, pictures and photographs may also be something you want to consider sending your child, though these will still be sent through Adoption Choices of Arizona to ensure any identifying information is removed.
How can I have a Successful Semi-Open Adoption?
Beyond discussing the different ways to communicate in a semi-open adoption, you may be curious in general how to start your adoption process. If this limited form of communication and separation sounds like something that would be good for you as a birth mother, you have options to handle your adoption process.
Adoption Choices of Arizona wants to work with you to give you the best adoption process possible, from giving you information on ways to communicate to ensuring your access to necessary resources like financial aid and housing. Call or contact us today, so we can get started planning your adoption journey, wherever it takes you.
For adoption resources or to begin your adoption journey, birth parents can visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or call or text us at 1-480-900-5520. If you are an prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!
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