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The Difference between Open, Semi-Open, and Closed Adoption

Making the decision to place your child for adoption will provide a safe, supportive, and loving home for your child. There are different options available to birth parents looking to place their child for adoption, including open, semi-open, and closed adoptions.

What is the difference between open and closed adoption? Is there a difference between open and semi-open adoption? It’s important to note that open, semi-open, and closed adoptions operate on a spectrum, with different options available depending on the best interests of everyone involved. Learn more about these three different options so you can make the best decision for you and your child.

What Is Open Adoption?

In an open adoption, the adoptive parents typically meet and stay in touch with the birth parents before, during, and after the birth of the child. The birth parents maintain a certain level of communication with the adoptive family and the child, depending on what everyone involved is comfortable with. Methods of communication include visits, phone calls, letters, and more.

What Is Semi-Open Adoption?

In a semi-open adoption, non-identifying information is shared with the adoptive family, usually through an adoption agency. In most cases, the identity of all parties is kept confidential, and interaction between parties is limited to letters and cards.

What Is Closed Adoption?

While closed adoptions are more rare in the United States, they are available to birth parents who wish to keep their identities private. In closed adoptions, there is typically no communication between the birth parents and adoptive family after the birth of the child. The files related to a closed adoption are usually sealed; family members seeking to open a closed adoption may be able to access information about parties involved, but in some states, this requires a court order to do so.

Thinking about Adoption? We Can Help

The adoption process is one that requires a lot of thought and consideration, but it’s not one you have to go through alone. At Adoption Choices of Florida, we help birth mothers find loving, trustworthy homes for their babies. We’re with you throughout the entire process and everything comes down to your decision and what you are most comfortable with.

If you’re an expecting mother who’s considering placing your child for adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Florida at (800) 985-8108 to talk with a member of our team today.