We offer comprehensive adoption planning and maternity services to women considering adoption including…
- Adoption counseling
- Financial and medical assistance
- Open adoption support services for birth and adoptive families
- Legal counsel through the agency attorney
- Post adoption support
- Certified Open Adoption Practitioners on staff
Planning an Adoption
We strongly advocate for and encourage clients to consider “open adoption”, but we respect their right to plan an adoption that meets their individual circumstance and comfort level. Below are the types of adoptions, with varying levels of contact, offered by our agency…
Confidential or Closed Adoption
In a confidential or closed adoption, no information is shared between birth and adoptive parents. All health and social information given to the adoptive parents for the benefit of the baby is “non-identifying”. This means that no one could use this information to figure out the identity of the birth parents, including names or addresses. There is no contact between birth and adoptive parents before or after the child is placed for adoption.
Semi-Confidential or Semi-Open Adoption
In a semi-confidential or semi-open adoption, information shared between birth and adoptive parents is limited. Birth and adoptive parents may share first names and general information (ages, religion, town in which they live) about themselves. The birth and adoptive parents may meet prior to placement. Contact after placement is limited to picture and letter exchanging, which is generally facilitated by the agency.
Disclosed or Open Adoption
In a disclosed or open adoption, information shared between birth and adoptive parents is generally fully identifiable; full names and contact information are shared. Birth and adoptive parents typically meet and develop a relationship during the pregnancy. This relationship continues after the child is born and placed for adoption. Most birth and adoptive parents in an open adoption visit on a regular basis — every three, six, or twelve months, depending on the comfort level of the parties involved.
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