Types of Adoption | For Expectant Parents
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We’re here to help you understand your options and the various types of adoption so you can decide which path is right for you and your child.
There’s more than one option when it comes to adoption.
Many people believe that adoption means giving a child away, but they don’t realize birth parents can remain in their child’s life while providing a more secure future.
Adoption is one of the hardest, yet most selfless, decisions you’ll ever make.
You can decide how (and if) you’d like to stay in your child’s life.
You’ll get to choose your child’s adoptive family.
We’ll be by your side throughout the process.
There are three types of adoption:
closed, semi-open, and open.
In a closed adoption, the expectant and adoptive parents don’t have any contact with one another. Identifying information is kept confidential; for example, expectant and adoptive parents won’t know each other’s last names or personal contact information.
An expecting mom may choose a closed adoption if she feels it would be easier to not establish a relationship with the adoptive family and to cease contact with her child after delivery. This may help her get a sense of closure as she moves forward after giving birth.
In a semi-open adoption, an agency facilitates contact between expectant and adoptive parents. Identifying information is still kept private, but each family can communicate with the agency, which then passes photos, letters, and information along to the other party.
It’s common for the adoptive family to send photos and updates to the birth family through the agency or social worker. The adoptive parents might also set up an email account or private website for the birth parents to see the child’s photos and other updates.
In an open adoption, the expectant and adoptive parents have direct contact with one another. Adoptive families usually share photos and updates with the birth parents, such as the child’s recent milestones, interests, activities, and overall well-being.
Every open adoption will be different, based on the type of relationship the families agree to. For example, they may or may not exchange last names and addresses. Some families communicate via phone or email, while others have regular visits with one another.