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Choosing Closed Adoption in Missouri

Choosing Closed Adoption in Missouri

By Noah Abrams

Contrary to what some may believe, every birth mother has a very unique journey through adoption. If you are considering adoption, you should know that there are a few types of adoption to choose from. This is important to think about, as it will determine transparency, communication, and your level of authority in the adoption process. 

Adoption Choices of Missouri is an experienced adoption agency assisting many birth mothers throughout the year. We can educate you and walk you through your options to make the adoption process as smooth as possible. The three to choose from are open adoption, semi-open adoption, and closed adoption. They all offer their own challenges and benefits, but it’s important to choose the right type for you. If you are considering closed adoption, keep reading to see the benefits, challenges, and what it entails.

Diving Into Closed Adoption

Closed adoption involves the least amount of communication between you and the adoptive family. Neither of you will see each other or exchange information. You will know little to nothing about each other, assuring your complete privacy. If you are pregnant and need a local adoption agency you can trust, we are a reliable intermediary. 

 

Due to the lack of communication between both parties, we would need to mediate major decisions amongst you. We will also decide which adoptive family your child will be placed with through a closed adoption. This is to allow for complete privacy. This is an important decision, so we will try to match your child with the ideal family. You can highlight the specific characteristics you are looking for from the adoptive family in your adoption plan.

The Benefits and Challenges of a Closed Adoption

Because choosing the type of adoption is specific to the birth mother, the benefits may be different across birth mothers. Though true, one potential benefit is a sense of closure. With closed adoption having a clear ending, it can ease your mind. This could allow you to move on more peacefully. Another potential benefit is the privacy it ensures you. Closed adoption keeps your personal information private if desired. This also saves you from acknowledging and understanding the boundaries set in an open or semi-open adoption.

Recently, attitudes have changed toward the preferred type of adoption. Most birth mothers lean more towards an open or semi-open adoption. This is because of the opportunity to communicate with these types of adoption. We encourage open adoptions because of this and transparency, but it is up to you. If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, understand that the choice of adoption type is yours. 

Why Consider an Open Adoption?

As mentioned, we lean towards wanting birth mothers to choose an open adoption. This is because it offers valuable benefits, some of which can last post-adoption. Those benefits include:

  • Peace of mind: It’s a common misconception to say you are giving a child up for adoption. Instead, you are placing them with a loving family. You’ll know your child is safe and loved from your experience with the adoptive family throughout.  
  • Communication: Keeping communication open allows for a fostered relationship with the adoptive family and child. It also ensures transparency between both parties.
  • Sense of connection: Communicating and staying connected with the adoptive family can help you manage the emotions you face. It also can empower an everlasting bond between you and the adoptive family.

Have you thought, “What would happen if I put my baby up for adoption through a Missouri adoption agency?” If you work with us, we will give you the information needed to ensure a smooth adoption journey. Offering services for adoption in Missouri and Kansas, our goal is only to provide support. We are not in control of the adoption process just because we are the agency. We provide support so that you feel comfortable with your authority to make important decisions. In saying that, any decisions that need to be made, including adoption type, will be decided by you.

Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri Today

When considering a closed adoption, don’t hesitate to reach out to us immediately. We will go over our adoption services and your options for unplanned pregnancy.  We can also answer any questions you may have regarding closed adoption. We have adoption specialists and counselors that are ready to help you in any way. We will support you no matter your decision, as we truly care about each birth mother we work with.

If you are pregnant, help us help you if you are considering adoption. As a fully licensed agency, we’ve provided our services for many years. We want to ensure that the adoption process doesn’t add any additional stress than you already have. Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri today if you have any questions or concerns regarding closed adoption!