Open Adoption is a form of adoption in which the biological and adoptive families have access to varying degrees of each other’s personal information and have an option of contact. In an open adoption, the adoptive parents hold all the rights as the legal parents. Both sides of the adoption may exercise the option to open the contact in varying forms from sending mail and/or photos, or face-to-face visits between the birth and adoptive families.
Often times in open adoption, the birth parents choose the adoptive parents before the birth of the baby. They are able to meet, interview, and select the people who will raise their child.
In open adoption, the adopted child grows up knowing where he or she came from, their medical history, and the adoption plan was made out of love. Learn more by visiting “What Are The Benefits Of Adoption?“
There are varying degrees of open adoption. Some may know the first and last names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses whereas others will go through the agency to send letters and pictures. Others may involve phone calls, emails, and personal visits a certain amount of times a year.