What are the Types of Adoption?
By Jan Douglas
Are you a pregnant woman wondering what is involved in adoption? Adoption Choices of Arizona treats every expectant woman with respect and dignity and ensures you will receive the birth mother benefit you need. If you are looking for information about adoption in Yuma or adoption in Chandler, our private adoption agencies can help. We have experienced and professional adoption counselors available 24/7. We understand the difficulty in making this decision and compassionately offer adoption help.
When a pregnant woman decides to place a baby for adoption, she will create an adoption plan. The adoption plan will include the type of adoption the birth mother wants. There are three types of adoption to consider: open adoption, semi-open adoption, and closed adoption. These terms describe the approximate level of contact and interaction of the birth mother with the adoptive parents. And the child.
What is an Open Adoption in an Adoption Plan?
Open adoption allows for the greatest amount of contact and sharing of information between the birth parent and adoptive family. The amount of interaction can vary in both the adoption process and post-placement, depending on what the birth mother wishes. Our adoption professionals can help a birth mom figure out these specifics. What will make her comfortable? What would she like to have in this experience? It may feel overwhelming thinking of all these things. Adoption Choices of Arizona will take you step-by-step through this process. The various features of an open adoption plan can be:
- Level of involvement of the adoptive parents during the pregnancy – will they attend the doctor’s appointments? Will they be present for the birth?
- Post-placement – how often will the birth mother see or have contact with the child?
- What about birth grandparents and their role in the child’s life?
When the birth mother reviews various family profiles, she may decide she desires an open adoption. She may want to meet with the adoptive family and get to know them personally rather than just on paper. She may decide she would like to continue to have a relationship with the adoptive family and child post-placement. Sometimes, the birth mother becomes a close member of the new family. She may be invited and attend major gatherings and celebrations. Each adoption is unique. Adoption Choices of Arizona has the experience to help birth moms figure these details out.
Helping you to understand a Semi-Open Adoption
Semi-open adoptions may be a good choice if the birth mother prefers not to have direct contact. The great thing about modern adoptions is the flexibility. There is no set of rules when creating an adoption plan. A birth mom may want to have the adoptive parents at the birth but not desire an in-person relationship post-placement. Depending on the pregnancy’s circumstances, she may want to keep her life separate from the child’s. The birth mother may not want to have any direct contact. One choice is having our private adoption agency mediate the relationship between the two parties. In a semi-open adoption, there will not be an in-person relationship after the adoption. However, it usually entails the exchange of letters, emails, photos, etc., between the birth mom and adoptive family.
Closed Adoptions in an Adoption Plan
Closed adoptions are not as prevalent today. However, they are still an option. In a closed adoption, there is no contact between the birth parent and the adoptive family. The only information shared is the birth mother’s health and emotional history. The birth mother surrenders her child to our private adoption agency and will not receive information about the adoptive family.
The court seals all records identifying the birth parents. There are different reasons a pregnant woman would choose a closed adoption – circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, teenage pregnancy. But whatever the reason, Adoption Choices of Arizona will support and guide you through the process.
Finding the support you need
When placing your baby for adoption, we understand how difficult this decision may be. Our agencies were established in 2011, and we have guided and supported countless pregnant women. If you seek information for private adoption in Arizona, one of our adoption specialists can walk you through the adoption process. You may feel like you are “giving up,” but this is untrue. We believe: “Giving a baby up for adoption isn’t giving up! You are choosing a life for your child. Rather than “giving up” your baby, you are doing the opposite: you are choosing to place your child into the arms of eternally grateful, loving families that will spend their days appreciating the gift.”
Adoption Choices of Arizona can help women with adoption in Yuma or adoption in Chandler. We have locations across Arizona. If you are seeking adoption help, you can visit us or contact us here, and we will meet you in a public or private place.