If you’re pregnant and considering adoption in Florida, one thing to think about is whether you want to have an open or closed adoption. Both of these types of post-adoption relationships have pro’s and con’s, so it’s crucial to take the time to consider your options before making a final decision.
Open or Closed Adoption?
When deciding between open and closed adoption, the first thing to consider is communication. In open adoption there is a certain level of communication between the birth family and adoptive family with an open adoption. This could include sharing letters, chatting on the phone, texting or sending photos, or even the periodic visit. However, no two adoption situations are alike, so it’s important that the expectant mother really considers what level of contact she’d like to have. She can make her preferences known in the adoption plan. This will assist her adoption entity in finding adoptive families that have similar desires for the future.
Conversely, closed adoption is a post-adoption situation where no contact takes place between the two parties. No information is shared, beyond what is required, and all of the expectant mothers court records are sealed. Of course, if the expectant mother would like her baby to be able to reconnect with her when they’re an adult, she could sign up with the Florida Adoption Reunion Registry.
Why Choose Closed Adoption?
When considering whether you’d like to have an open or closed adoption, one thing to really consider is privacy. If you’d like to simply place your baby for adoption and move forward with life, closed adoption might be the way to go. For some women, this better allows them to cope with the adoption process.
Why Choose Open Adoption?
If you’d like to see your child grow up and maintain a relationship with them, then open adoption will probably be the better choice. With open or semi-open adoptions, in the very least, you will receive pictures and letters of your child as he/she grows up. This provides many mothers with a sense of peace, knowing that their child is thriving and in a home full of love. Additionally, if you’d like to have visits with your child or at least be in communication, then open adoption is the way to go. Just make sure to be clear in the beginning about what level of contact you’d like to have with the adoptive family.
The Decision is Yours To make
When choosing between open and closed adoption, one thing to remember is that the choice is 100% yours to make. Do your research. Talk to friends, family or any one you trust. See what they think. This is not a decision to take lightly, especially if you’re leaning towards closed adoption.
If you’re currently thinking about adoption, or have a baby that you’re considering putting up for adoption, Adoptions by Shepherd Care is here to help. We’d be happy to discuss open or closed adoption, or simply just learn more about you and what you’re going through at this time. We’re here 24 hours a day. We’d be happy to go over the pros and cons of both open or closed adoption. You can call us at 1-800-966-2060 or text us at (754) 666-2973. We’re here for you at any time, day or night.