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What are the differences between open and closed adoptions?

In our previous blog post, we discussed how adoptions are joyful family affairs. It is important that you take the time necessary to ensure that the adoption you are considering is the best option for your family. The type of adoption that you are using can have a big impact on your happiness in the future.

What are the different types of adoptions?

There are two basic types of adoptions -- open and closed. Open adoptions are the newer type of adoption that is becoming more popular. Closed adoptions were once the main type of adoption, but they aren't as common now.

What is an open adoption?

An open adoption is one in which the birth parents can still have some contact with the child. This can be as small as getting pictures and emails with information about the child or as involved as getting to spend time with the child. The terms of an open adoption should be discussed before the adoption takes place. Generally, the terms aren't court enforceable.

What is a closed adoption?

A closed adoption is one in which the birth parents don't have any contact with the child. Closed adoptions are more common now for international adoptions than for domestic adoptions. In most cases, there is only limited information that is passed to the adoptive parents about the birth parents. The child might have to wait until he or she is 18 to find out about his or her birth parents.

As you try to determine which adoption option best fits your needs, you should get all of the information about each type. If you are considering an open adoption, make sure that you understand the contact terms so you are prepared for the contact with the birth parents.

Source: FindLaw, "Open vs. Closed Adoption," accessed Sep. 08, 2016

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