Open Adoption in a Transracial Adoption
Adoption is a process that allows birth mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy to place their child into homes that can take care of them. It requires a huge amount of love and humility from the birth mother and eagerness and preparation from the adoptive parents. If you are a birth mother in Arizona who is facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be wondering what the adoption process entails and what types of adoption you can pursue. There are three main types of adoption: open, closed, and semi-open. If you want to maintain a close relationship with your child as they grow up, you may want to consider an open adoption, which will allow you to communicate with your child the most out of all three options. Additionally, you may want to place your child into a transracial adoption, which will allow your child to grow up in a multicultural environment. If you are wondering how these two aspects of adoption can merge together, Adoption Choices of Arizona is here to help.
What is an Open Adoption?
As a reminder, the three types of adoption that you, as the birth mother, will be able to choose from are open, closed, and semi-open. Some birth mothers may be intimidated by the adoption process because they are afraid of being out of control or that they will end up never seeing their child again. This is not the case–unless, of course, you choose to pursue a closed adoption, which means your child will not have any communication with you, and you will not be involved in the adoption after the child is placed with their adoptive parents. As mentioned above, if you do want to maintain communication with your child, the adoption choice that will allow for the most communication is an open adoption.
As you make your adoption plan with Adoption Choices of Arizona, you will come to an agreement with your child’s adoptive parents that will determine the specifics of your open adoption, but most cases involve in-person visits and communication via phone or email. Additionally, in an open adoption, you will usually be able to form a connection with the adoptive parents and get to know them on a deeper level than other adoption types. Some benefits of choosing an open adoption are:
- Watching your child as they grow up
- Forming a close bond with your child and their parents
- Being involved in significant events in your child’s life
- Being able to instill your own personal and cultural values into your child
- Potentially allowing your child to get to know your own parents and extended family
- And many more!
If you are a birth mother that desires to stay connected with your child but just isn’t able to be a mom, this type of adoption is a huge blessing that you can choose to pursue.
What is Unique About an Open, Transracial Adoption?
Another choice that you will be able to make in the adoption process is who your child’s adoptive parents will be. You will be given the profiles of a few different families and will use the information provided to determine which family will be the best fit. You may choose to place your child into a transracial adoption in this process, which means that one or more of your child’s adoptive parents is from a different race than your child. Transracial adoptions are unique and provide many benefits for your child as they grow up. They will learn to appreciate the difference from a young age and learn about the different cultures that make up their family.
When it comes to mixing an open adoption with transracial adoption, there are many great opportunities for both you, the birth mother, your child, and the adoptive parents. Being in an open, transracial adoption will allow you to teach your child about your culture and provide you with an opportunity to learn about a culture that is different from yours from both your child and their adoptive parents. People can always do more to expand their worldviews and understand different cultures a little better, so being a part of open, transracial adoption will provide many opportunities for personal growth. Although communication or cultural differences can be difficult to navigate, the benefits that ensue from this type of adoption overwhelm the challenges.
How Do I Pursue Adoption in Arizona?
If you are looking to begin your adoption plan, Adoption Choices of Arizona is a great adoption agency in Arizona to get connected with. We have locations in Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tucson, Tempe, and Yuma. Just contact us, and we will answer any questions you have and start assisting you on your adoption plan.
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!
Meet the author: Kyla’s life has been filled with adventure and transition – both good and difficult. She loves to take on challenges head-on and lead an organized and balanced life. She’s passionate about many different areas and loves how writing gives her the flexibility to engage in research of almost every field of study imaginable. She grew up very involved in theater and music and continues to use her free time to play the piano and sing. However, she is also very interested in how the natural world works and takes any chance she has to spend the day away from crowds, enveloped in the seclusion of nature. Growing up in the Philippines, she’s had some unique experiences that have shaped her worldview and given her a deeper understanding and appreciation for different cultures. She gets excited about research papers, completed to-do lists, and her morning coffee.