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Open vs. Closed Adoption in Arizona, Which is Right for Me?

By Gabriella Maya

You’re a birth mother in Arizona that has decided to choose Adoption Choices of Arizona as your agency. We are here to answer any questions regarding adoption, unplanned pregnancy help, and the adoption process. Part of starting your adoption process is figuring out your adoption plan. The first step of the adoption plan is adoption type and choosing an adoptive family. Once a challenge you may have difficulty with is choosing an adoption type. Open, Closed, and Semi-Open are the three adoption types. Adoption Choices of Arizona is happy to help provide information about both types if you are stuck between open vs. closed adoption. Remember, this is your adoption. You have the final say. 

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 1-480-900-5520 or visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona.

Open vs. Closed Adoption: What You Need to Know

Choosing an adoption type will help establish your relationship with your child and the adoptive family. But, first, let’s explain what open and closed adoptions are?

Open adoption is when you want to have a more personal relationship with the adoptive family and your child. You decide the consistency of communication with both child and adoptive family through contact methods such as phone and video calls, in-person visits, letters, personal emails with photographs/materials, etc. 

A closed adoption is when you want no form of communication or contact. You think the best course of action is having the adoptive family be the best parents they can be for your child. So your personal information isn’t shared with the adoptive family. 

Now that we’ve briefed you on what happens in an open and closed adoption let’s explore the benefits of each adoption choice. 

Benefits of Open Adoption in Arizona

Connection with Child After an Adoption

You have the opportunity to be aware and know about your child’s well-being. Even if you aren’t a massive part of their life, you are in the know and can feel at ease. This can be a way a birth mother feels guilt-free and knows that the child is mentally and physically well in the years to come and is aware they are adopted. 

Develop Healthy Relationships With Your Child and Their Adoptive Parents

As a birth mother, you can form a close bond with your child and the adoptive family. You are a part of the family dynamic and establish a place in the child’s life without repercussions. Your desire to have a healthy relationship with your child, knowing the child can accept you and your decision. Having an opportunity for that relationship to form benefits this adoption. 

How Can I Cope with Grief, Loss and Adoption?

Having an open adoption, a birth mother can feel at ease with their decision of choosing adoption. Sometimes it’s comforting to see the child live their life before your eyes. This can help you, any birth mother, cope with the feelings of loss, grief, and guilt built up throughout the adoption. Slowly but surely, you’ll feel secure about your decision.

The Benefit of Closed Adoption in Arizona

Maintaining Your Privacy Throughout Your Adoption

No personal information is shared with the adoptive family. You may have a past that you want to keep private. You may fear judgment by the adoptive family or just like your privacy. Whichever reason sounds more like you. This is a benefit of this type of adoption. 

Closure about Adoption

Choosing closed adoption means that it’s officially done. As a birth mother, you may feel protection from your inner feelings and emotions. Having that closure and moving on with your life through this type can be best for you. 

At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we hope that this information has been helpful. Weighing the pros and cons of both adoptions is plenty to consider. We wish you the best of luck choosing which adoption type fits your situation and your feelings. Next, we will discuss the unplanned pregnancy help that every birth mother receives during their adoption process.

Unplanned Pregnancy Help in Arizona

Financial Aid

If you are in an unstable economic situation, we have loans, grants, and programs you can apply to. We have resources for all kinds of birth mothers who need them. We can help pay for your medical expenses, transportation fees, phone bills, rent, maternity materials, groceries, etc.

Medical Assistance

You can have a doctor provide for you. Whether or not you have medical insurance, we are here to help pay for medical expenses that you are eligible for. In addition, we can help you stay on track and schedule your medical checkups. Our goal is to make sure you and the baby are healthy.

Birth Plan 

Creating a birth plan is essential to do beforehand. When consulting your doctor about the next steps, remember to consider some questions about how you want your birth plan to be safe and comfortable. Think about the birth location, if you want an all-natural birth if you would like pain relief medication during delivery if you want to breastfeed the child, or have any family or friends in the delivery room. This will help your doctor prepare in advance for the birth you want.

Adoption Housing Assistance 

If you have a home or do not have a home, even if you do not have enough space, we offer affordable housing that you can apply for. We have a list of potential homes for you during the duration of your adoption. We want you to feel safe and comfortable during this process. 

Free Pre and Post-Placement Counseling

Need a place to process your thoughts and emotions? We offer free counseling for all birth mothers at any time. With our one-on-one sessions or group counseling, choose a place to vent and learn about yourself. We have professionals who want to help you accept, acknowledge, and cope with your adoption and other conflicting emotions you have experienced.

Adoption Choices of Arizona is the best agency for your adoption. We hope that you can choose which adoption type is best for you. In addition, you have full access to our unplanned pregnancy services. If you have any further questions about your adoption planadoption process, and getting started, please go to our site for more information.

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!