Open Adoption in New York
Types of adoption include open adoption, semi-open adoption, and closed adoption. Many adoptions from the past were closed adoptions in which the adoptive families and birth parents had no contact whatsoever. In modern day, most adoptions are open or semi-open adoption.
What is Open Adoption?
Open adoption is when the adoptive family and birth mother (parents) know about each other. Identifying information is exchanged, and in person meetings are permitted before, during, and after the adoption process. Both sets of parents work together to establish boundaries and expectations for what life will look like moving forward, and to ensure that everyone’s rights are respected and protected.
Open adoption allows for communication, shared medical history, closure and comfort for the birth mother, and so much more!
What is Closed Adoption?
A closed adoption is when there is no contact between adoptive families and birth family before, during, or after the adoption; no identifying information is shared. The adoptive parents will receive information about the birth mother’s social and medical history so they can be aware of anything that may affect the child’s health now or in the future. Beyond that, information and identity is private.
Closed adoption might allow for privacy and simplicity.
What is Semi-Open Adoption?
While closed adoptions have zero contact between birth parents and the adoptive family, open adoptions allow for direct communication between birth parents and the adoptive family. The middle ground is a semi-open adoption, where all parties can communicate through the adoption agency to preserve anonymity while allowing for the peace of mind that comes with knowing communication is possible if needed.
Semi-open adoption allows for flexibility, less pressure, and availability of information from all parties of the adoption triad.
There is no right or wrong way to choose adoption; there’s only the way that feels best to you. From there, you’ll be able to find the birth parents or the adoptive parents who share your vision for the adoption. If you have any further questions about open, semi-open, or closed adoptions, please contact us.
At Adoption Choices of New York, we are dedicated to helping you through your adoption journey. Nobody should go through it alone. We’ll help you with creating an adoption plan that brings you the best adoption experience as is possible. Adoption Choices of New York is available to assist with your adoption plan. Call us, text us, email us; we are here for you!
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