What You Need to Know about the 3 Types of Adoption

3 types of adoptionCreating an adoption plan is an exciting time. You may not be ready to become a parent. If you feel like you might not be able to provide everything you would want to give to your baby, then creating an adoption plan is a heroic and selfless choice to give your baby everything they will need. If you are pregnant, and you want to know more about any of your options – adoption, abortion, or parenting – please call us at 229-814-1072 and one of our counselors will talk with you confidentially.

When you create an adoption plan with an adoption agency, you will have a dedicated Advocate who will walk beside you throughout the whole process and will be there for you after the baby is born.

One of the first decisions you get to make is deciding the type of adoption you want to do. There are 3 types of adoption:

  • Closed adoption
  • Semi-open adoption
  • Open adoption

The 3 different types of adoption are based on how much interaction you can expect to have with the adopting family before and after your baby is born.

3 Types of Adoption

Closed Adoption

A closed adoption offers both you and the adopting family complete confidentiality. In a closed adoption, you choose to give the responsibility of hand-picking a family to the adoption agency you are working with. Only your medical history will be shared with the adopting family chosen by the agency. After the adoption takes place, your information and the adopting family’s information is sealed by the courts for total privacy.

Semi-Open Adoption

In a semi-open adoption, you have the opportunity to hand-pick the family you believe will be perfect for raising your baby. During the pregnancy, you can create a list of things that are very important to you to determine how your baby will grow up, and the adoption agency will show you profiles of eligible families. These profiles often include pictures and descriptive information like their jobs, if they have other children, pets, and what they do for fun, but the profiles will not contain any identifying information like addresses, last names, etc. You can choose to meet the family in person if you want to, as long as both parties are OK with that. Some birth mothers choose to have less contact and others choose to invite the adopting family to the hospital room when they give birth. After the adoption has taken place, letters, pictures, and gifts can be exchanged through the adoption agency.

Open Adoption

An open adoption offers you and the adopting family an opportunity to remain in direct contact as much or as little as you both choose. Unlike an open adoption, communication does not need to be sent through the agency. Both you and the adopting family exchange contact information, and some form of regular communication is established. The amount of contact between the birth mother and adopting family varies depending on your preferences. For some, both parties may choose to communicate through email and send pictures, and for others, both parties may choose to invite each other to family gatherings and celebrations.