Your Birth Mother Rights After an Adoption in Arizona
At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we work hard to provide new birth mothers with the resources they need to make an informed decision about their adoption plan in Arizona. Many birth mothers come to us with questions about their rights during and after the adoption process. The question of what legal and factual rights you have after your adoption is finalized is an important one, and we are here to make sure that you are covered. These are some of your rights as a birth mother after an adoption in Arizona.
Your Post-Adoption Rights after an Open Adoption
While many birth parents are familiar with the rights they are given during an open adoption, the details of what occurs after the open adoption are somewhat more vague. During an open adoption, birth mothers typically make use of their right to choose a family for their child based on any number of factors. Going along with and extending beyond the end of the adoption process, however, is your right to contact. When you select a family that will adopt your child, you will enter into an agreement with them concerning a lot of important things that will end up defining your relationship down the road. One of these is how much you would like to communicate with the adoptive family and your child, with another being through what means, such as email or traditional letter. Your right to communicate with your child is one of the primary birth mother rights after an adoption in Arizona that we focus on.
When it comes to post-adoption rights, the rules can be a little murky, and they differ from case to case. In general, adoptive parents and birth parents will usually enter into a predetermined contract through their adoption agency that specifies the expectations of communication post-adoption. If you are uncertain about anything regarding your rights in a relationship with your child and their adoptive family, be sure to talk to an expert at your adoption agency of choice. At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we can help connect you with a legal counselor or an adoption caseworker. These professionals will give you the information you need. As a birth mother, we believe you have a right to maintain a relationship with your child if you desire, even after the adoption process is finalized.
Your Post-Adoption Rights after a Closed Adoption
Birth mother rights after an adoption in Arizona are largely dependent on which type of adoption you decide on. In a closed adoption, a birth mother has effectively waived her right to choose her child’s adoptive family. In this scenario, communication will not happen at all between the birth mother and the adoptive parents, and after the adoption is finalized, there is no way for any parties involved to identify one another. In some sense, the birth mother who chooses a closed adoption is gaining a right to privacy. You have every right to choose a closed adoption for the sake of your own emotional well-being if that closure is something you desire after the adoption process.
What Rights Do You Not Have?
Understandably, there are many rights that are not guaranteed to birth mothers after the adoption process is finalized. The act of adoption in and of itself is essentially a process of signing off your legal parental rights to another family that is going to be taking care of your child. In this sense, you do not have any rights or responsibilities over how your child will be raised and what kind of experiences they will have after the adoption is finalized. This is why it is important to exercise your right to choose a family that feels right for you when selecting an adoptive family for your child during the adoption process.
Understanding Birth Mother Rights in Arizona
At the end of the day, exploring birth mother rights after an adoption in Arizona is a very important part of what we do at Adoption Choices of Arizona. Our mission is to help birth mothers learn more about their adoption process and to provide them with the resources they need to have a successful and positive adoption experience. If you are interested in pursuing an adoption with us, do not hesitate to reach out today. We are more than willing to help any birth mother in need of assistance, and we would love to give you a hand in your adoption process, no matter the circumstances. We are here to help 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 a prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!
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