What Is Open Adoption?
What is Open Adoption?
At the Independent Adoption Center, open adoption involves choosing the family for your baby, sharing information, and agreeing to ongoing contact throughout the years. In an open adoption, your child grows up knowing where he/she came from, his/her medical history, and that your decision to place him/her for adoption was made out of love.
Open Adoption Gives You Choices
Our staff of knowledgeable counselors understands that making the decision to place your baby for adoption is very difficult. We offer free pregnancy counseling to ensure that you are making the right decision, and we respect your decision to change your mind at any time. Whether you are nine days, nine weeks or nine months pregnant, we can help you make an adoption plan that is right for you.
In open adoption, the choices are up to you. You have the right to:
- Choose an adoptive family for your baby
- Choose the amount of contact you want with the adoptive family as your baby grows up
- Choose who you want to support you at the hospital
For a more comprehensive look at your choices and the services available to you, check out our adoption process.
Is Open Adoption Right For You?
Deciding if open adoption is right for you involves researching your pregnancy options. The IAC offers the following ways to help you decide if open adoption is right for you:
- Call our toll-free hotline: (800) 877-OPEN (6736)
- Chat with a counselor for no-hassle advice (Look for the button on the left)
- Have an adoption information packet sent to you
- Sign-up for our private Social Support Network to connect with other birthmoms
- Read birthmother testimonials
- Visit our blog for up-to-date news and stories
Benefits of Open Adoption
How it benefits you, the expectant mother: The selfless act of placing your child for adoption is a conscious decision to give your child the best life possible. Therefore, choosing open adoption enables you to take control of your situation. Moving forward, it is the ongoing, open relationship that enables you to heal as you see that your child is loved and cared for.
How it benefits your child, the adoptee: Open adoption provides answers to questions like, "Who do I look like?" and, "Why was I given up?" If your child knows who you are, it will be much easier for him/her to develop an identity and understand the reasons for being adopted.
How it benefits the family you choose, the adoptive parents: Meeting you and getting to know you before the birth helps them develop trust and understanding. Being selected by you makes them feel entitled to parent, and for that they are honored and humbled. Having ongoing contact over the years is reassuring for them because they can always contact you with questions regarding medical history, etc...