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Post-Placement Contact Arrangements in Arizona

By Kennedy Wood

Learning about an unexpected pregnancy adds a lot of stress to a woman’s life. It can be confusing and cause a lot of different emotions. Even after making the big decision of placing a child for adoption, there is still more to think about. One thing on your mind could be the post-placement arrangements with the adoptive family and the child. Luckily, you don’t have to go through this process alone.

At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we want to be your support system and help you every step of the way. We will ensure that you know all of your rights and options to make the best decision for you and your child. 

What is Post-Placement Contact?

Post-placement contact is the level of contact the birth mother has with the adoptive family and child. Once the child is placed with the adoptive family, whatever contact agreement was made between the two parties will begin. Depending on your state, you will have the choice to create a post-adoption contact agreement. This contact agreement is enforced in Arizona, so if you choose an adoptive family also in Arizona your post-adoption contact agreement will be enforced by the law. This legal agreement ensures that both parties maintain their rights and whatever agreement they decide on will be upheld by both parties. The birth mother and adoptive family will be able to make requests and be given legal advice during this part of the adoption process

Creating a post-adoption contact agreement ensures everyone feels heard and knows the contact expectations once the child is placed for adoption. If you are unsure about your state’s laws or have any other questions, reach out to an adoption agency in Arizona or a local agency near you. 

Open vs. Closed Adoption

Choosing which type of adoption is best for you will be the first step in deciding on a post-placement contact agreement. If you decide to do an open adoption, this means that you will most likely meet with the adoptive family while you’re pregnant. This will give you the opportunity to get to know each other and hopefully build a relationship. In an open adoption, the birth mother and adoptive family are in contact quite often. This allows you to stay in the loop as a birth mother and know that your child is doing okay. Aside from simply just being in the loop, you can also be involved.

An open adoption allows birth mothers to not only speak with adoptive parents but they are also still in direct contact with the child. This will allow you not only to speak with them but you can even schedule days where you are able to meet up with the child. If you want to continue to maintain a relationship with the child, an open adoption will be a good choice for you. When you know what type of adoption plan you want to move forward with, you will begin the process and you and the adoptive family can then make a post-adoption contact agreement. For more information about open adoptions, you can contact an adoption agency near you

While it is more common for birth parents to choose an open adoption, a closed adoption could be a good choice for you. Some mothers need to have no contact with the child or the adoptive family to move on from the situation, and that is okay as well.

Choosing a Post-Adoption Contact Agreement with Adoption Choices of Arizona

There are several different adoption opportunities and we want you to be able to choose the best fit for you and your child. Creating a post-adoption contact agreement will ensure that you do not lose any of the rights that you maintain as a mother and it lays out clear expectations of what communication will look like post-placement. Your adoption agency and/or legal team will help walk you through this document so both parties know exactly what to expect and what they are signing. If you have any questions about post-adoption contact agreements or just about the adoption process, you can contact Adoption Choices of Arizona via website or phone. We will be with you every step of the way.

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