Choosing the Type of Adoption You Want in Your Adoption Plan
As an expectant mother exploring your unplanned pregnancy options, you may have questions about the types of adoptions available through adoption agencies in Colorado. Whether or not to place your baby for adoption is a hard decision. We can help! At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we can provide you with the information and support you need to make the right choice for yourself and your baby.
We offer three basic categories of newborn adoption for you to consider in your adoption plan: open, semi-open and closed adoptions. The differences among the three mostly focus on the issues of contact and privacy. Determining which adoption option works best for you depends on your preferences. For instance, how much personal information you’re comfortable exchanging with the adoptive family, and how much contact you want between yourself and adoptive parents — both during the pregnancy and post adoption.
What is a Closed Adoption?
Closed adoption, also known as confidential adoptions, is the most private adoption option we facilitate at Adoption Choices of Colorado. In a closed adoption, the birth mother and adoptive parents will have no direct contact. No identifying information, such as known medical history, is exchanged between you and the adoptive family through the adoption agency or otherwise.
Sometimes in closed adoptions, the child may not even be told that he or she was adopted, and you will not know his or her name. This option might work well for birth mothers who find it too difficult to have contact with their child and want to gain a sense of closure. However, we do want to note that this option can be challenging due to the existence of social media and the internet. While we do our utmost to protect your privacy, there is no guarantee you would maintain absolute anonymity.
What is a Semi-Open Adoption?
Semi-open adoptions involve more contact between the birth mother and adoptive family. All communication is typically monitored through a secure, confidential online portal we use at our adoption agency called ChildConnect. This allows you to receive updates, letters and pictures of your child from a safe distance. Identifying information, such as last names and addresses, can be kept private, if you’d like that, as well.
Often, in a semi-open adoption, the birth mother and adoptive family have the opportunity to meet prior to the birth of the baby. The adoptive parents may also be present at the hospital when the baby is born. So, if you’d like to know a little about your child’s adoptive parents and how he or she is doing as they grow up, semi-open adoption can provide that for you.
What is an Open Adoption?
Open adoptions make up the largest percentage of adoptions through Adoption Choices of Colorado. It is the most common type of adoption chosen by birth mothers, and the one that we believe keeps everyone’s best interests at heart. The exact terms of an open adoption plan can be decided by you to reflect your level of comfort, along with your needs from the adoption process.
In an open adoption, the birth mother and adoptive parents make contact directly and begin forming a relationship before the baby is born. The adoptive parents usually come to the hospital when the birth mother is in labor and take the baby home as soon as it’s medically advisable. Keep in mind, the degree of involvement in one another’s lives post adoption can change over time. Open adoption agreements are not legally enforceable in Colorado, but are often advised as the best option for you, the adoptive parents and the child.
Which Type of Adoption is Best for Your Adoption Plan?
As you can see, each type of adoption comes with its own pros and cons. Each one has a varying level of openness and communication to best accommodate you and your personal situation. There is no right or wrong choice to make. It’s all up to you and what you feel is best for you and your child.
Adoption Choices of Colorado would love to answer your questions and help you figure out what adoption option will best meet your needs. No matter what type of adoption you choose, we want to help make sure it’s a choice that works well for you — both now and in the future.
So, what type of adoption is best for your adoption plan?
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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