Placing your child in adoption with an adoptive family isn’t an easy choice for any parent. Thus, many birth families may want somewhat of an open relationship with the adoptive family and the child.
There are three types of adoption: open adoption, semi-open, and closed adoption. Every type has its pros and cons. Each person’s decision is based on their circumstances. This article will tell you how semi-open adoptions may be the most suitable for you and your baby.
What Is Semi-Open Adoption?
Birth and adoptive parents are aware of each other’s identities in a semi-open adoption. It is possible they do not have direct contact, but they will be mindful of one another’s whereabouts. This adoption is also called mediated adoption because a mediator is involved who coordinates between those involved.
Here are some features that best describe a semi-open adoption:
- It is not mandatory that the birth and the adoptive parents need to meet.
- The entire coordination can be done via a mediator.
- Birth parents don’t have any direct contact with the adoptive parents.
- Either of the parties may initiate the process by connecting with the mediator.
- Both parties may decide to close the adoption in the future.
Advantages of a semi-open adoption include (but are not limited to):
- Many women can protect their privacy through this adoption so that it can work well. You don’t need to share all the information related to your identity.
- It gives an option to birth parents to see the growth of their child with the adoptive family.
- The adoptive parents can access their child’s medical records and other information.
- The adoptive parents can keep in touch with the birth parents.
How Does Semi-open Adoption Work?
The contact between the birth and adoptive parents can be kept confidential. The communications may happen over emails, letters, pictures, and calls, but can also happen indirectly via the adoption agency.
This type of adoption lets you choose the right adoptive family for your child. You can speak to them over Skype, email, or calls and allow them to be present at the hospital when your child is born. You can decide the time you wish to spend time with the baby before placing your baby in adoption with the adoptive family you have chosen.
We ensure that many of our waiting adoptive parents have agreed to this adoption. Our adoption center can regularly exchange pictures and letters to keep you updated about your child’s well-being. Most birth parents are at peace knowing that their child receives the proper upbringing and a good environment. Studies also show that this type of adoption positively impacts the child.
At Morning Star Adoption Center, we believe it is important for you to be well educated about the types of openness in adoption so that you can make the choice that is right for you and your baby. To speak to someone about these options or learn more about a family, please call 248.483.5484 or text 248.921.4769, or fill out our online form.