There are three types of adoption: open, semi-open, and closed. You get to choose.
Having options gives you the opportunity to choose the one that’s right for you. Even within the adoption process, you have options. It all depends on how much contact you would like to have with your child once they are placed with their adoptive family.
Your Adoption Choices
As the birth mother (and father, if available), you make all the decisions. You choose the potential adoptive couple, the adoption plan, and the future you hope for your child.
Today, an open adoption plan is the most popular. It provides flexibility to stay connected with both your child and the adoptive family.
With an open plan, the birth mother and adoptive couple exchange information like full names, phone numbers, and addresses. You can choose to communicate through letters, email, or phone calls. If possible, you can schedule in-person visits too.
This is a great option for those of you who want to build a relationship with your child but don’t feel capable of raising them.
If you prefer not to have communication with your child or their adoptive family, this is the best choice. Maybe you are in a difficult relationship or fear for your child’s safety.
You can choose a closed adoption and remain anonymous. The courts seal the birth records, and there is no contact between yourself and the adoptive family or your child. It is the most private option.
A semi-open adoption is a middle ground between open and closed adoption. You can have contact with the adoptive family and your child, but all contact is handled through a third party such as the adoption agency you’ve chosen.
The birth mother and adoptive parents share non-identifying information and communicate through letters or emails. You remain anonymous but still learn about your child and their family.
How Do I Know If Adoption Is Right For Me?
Knowing if adoption is best comes from learning as much as possible about the process, Texas law, and what assistance is available to you. Once you have all the information, you can choose confidently.
Adoption is not an easy decision to make. It focuses on the needs of your child first. It is hard, brave, and selfless at the same time.
Schedule an appointment to talk with us about adoption. A Client Advocate can give you referrals to agencies and explain the process.