Adoption is often mischaracterized as being a finality, but it doesn't have to be that way. The misconception is an idea that the parents put their child up for adoption, sign over their rights and they are forever out of the child's life. With an open adoption, this is not the case.
What Is an Open Adoption?
An open adoption is a type of adoption in which the biological parents and the adoptive parents have somewhat of an open line of communication with each other.
In addition to the adoptive parents being able to ask questions about the health background of the biological parents, the biological parents can ask questions about the financial ability, lifestyle and religious background of the adoptive parents. Throughout the child's life, the biological parents can, but don't have to, communicate with the child as well.
You Have More Control
Open adoptions give you more control. With traditional adoptions, who your child is placed with is entirely up to an outside agency. However, this is not the case with an open adoption. The agency with who you have partnered will provide you with a list of potential adoptive parents. You can then review these applicants and turn down anyone that you don't fit is the right match.
Create A Lasting Relationship
For some people, the difficulty of adoption is the idea that they must forever be out of their child's life. In a sealed adoption, information about the adoptive parent is kept from the child and vice versa. With an open adoption, you and the adoptive parents can agree on terms that allow you to be an active participant in the child's life. Whether this is occasional holiday visits, or more frequent contact, the choice is yours.
Establish an Adoption Plan
Some open adoptions also give the biological parents the right to come up with an adoption plan. An adoption plan is basically the terms by which the adoption must follow. For example, you can determine at what point you decide to place your child in the home of the adoptive parent, such as at birth or after. In other cases, religious preferences can also be included in the adoption plan.
If you don't believe a traditional adoption is the right option for you, consider an open adoption. This method gives you greater confidence that your child will be in the best environment and puts you in control.