Adoption is a choice many women and couples make who aren’t ready to parent but don’t want an abortion. Adoption can also be a loving option for couples who can’t have children but want to grow their family.
It’s important to recognize there are no easy answers or quick fixes when it comes to an unplanned pregnancy. We’re here to provide information on all your options and help you navigate them to come to a decision that’s best for you.
When it comes to adoption, you have a few different choices and paths available for your consideration.
In an open adoption, the birth mother is known by the adoptive parents and can have a relationship with them and her child. This type of adoption is great for all parties involved, and can help alleviate the financial burden from the birth mother while also allowing her to play a role in the child’s life.
Open adoptions are becoming more and more popular as research indicates these types of relationships can be emotionally healthy and fulfilling for the child, adoptive couple, and birth mother.
In a closed adoption, the birth records are sealed and the birth mother’s identity remains confidential after birth. There is no interaction between birth mother, child, and adoptive family, and no ongoing relationship.
This option usually appeals to women who find it easier emotionally to move on after birth and hit refresh on their life and goals. This is also a viable option and one where all parties can heal and grow and lead fulfilled lives.
Think of a semi-open adoption as halfway between the other two options. Like an open adoption, there can be some communication between birth mother and child, but in a more limited form. The birth mother may be less involved in the life of the child and adoptive family because of physical distance or other factors.
If you are considering adoption and would like more information, we can help. We’ll answer questions and can refer you to agencies so you can learn more about this option for your unplanned pregnancy. Contact us today. We’re here for you as you navigate and plan for your adoption.