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Choosing Open Adoption with Adoption Choices of Missouri

Choosing Open Adoption with Adoption Choices of Missouri

By Noah Abrams

Every birth mother will have a unique adoption process tailored to their ideal scenarios for each step. Along the way, you will have to make important decisions that will determine how your journey through adoption will go. An important decision you will make is the adoption type, which primarily affects the level of communication and transparency. The three types of adoption are open adoption, semi-open adoption, and closed adoption. Each comes with its own benefits and challenges, as well as varying levels of communication and transparency. 

If you are considering adoption in Missouri and interested in an open adoption, Adoption Choices of Missouri can be of assistance. With knowledgeable specialists and counselors available 24/7, we are one of the most reputable adoption agencies in Missouri. Please continue reading to learn more about open adoption and why we encourage this type.

What is an Open Adoption?

Open adoption has emerged as the most common of the three adoption types offered. It offers the most communication and transparency between you, your child, and the adoptive family. This includes before, during, and after post-placement. Additionally, you and the adoptive family will share identifying information with each other. This opposes a closed adoption, which is more final and keeps distance and anonymity between all parties.

Choosing the adoptive family is also something you will be in charge of in an open adoption. Based on your preferences, we will provide profiles of adoptive families for you to choose from. Each profile will contain information on the adoptive family, allowing you to pick the most ideal. Once you find a good match, we will have a caseworker set up a phone call and in-person meeting.

You will also have the opportunity to connect with your child in person. This can foster a bond that lasts beyond your adoption journey. If agreed upon, other members of your family can also be a part of the meetings. This helps the child with their sense of identity, knowing their biological family and establishing those relationships. It also gives the birth mother a chance to remain in their child’s life, even if it is not as the legal parent.

Why is an Open Adoption Preferred?

Open adoption offers many benefits for all parties, making it the preferred type of adoption. One of the primary reasons is because it is proactive in addressing questions or concerns from your child. It is normal for adopted children to become curious about their situation and birth family as they get older. Open adoptions allow you to grow with your child, maintaining a relationship. This helps your child with understanding who he or she is, while navigating other complexities from being adopted.

Additionally, barriers are set between both parties in an open adoption, which usually is minor, if any. Because of this, information that is requested will be readily available. Privacy and anonymity can be correlated to shame or embarrassment. Though adoption is associated with many emotions or feelings, shame and embarrassment shouldn’t be. It can be a complicated and complex journey, but it should also come with celebration and joy. A child is being placed in a loving and safe environment while all parties can foster a forever bond.

Determining if Open Adoption is Right for You

Hopefully, you will be able to make an informed decision about the type of adoption you prefer. An unplanned pregnancy comes with unique obstacles, some that an open adoption can help alleviate. You can establish and maintain a connection with the adoptive family and your child. You can also take pride in knowing that your child has been successfully placed in a loving home.  

One of the potential challenges of an open adoption includes establishing emotional boundaries. For some birth mothers, this can be considered intimidating. If that is the case for you, you may want to choose a semi-open or closed adoption. Additionally, an open adoption is more layered, requiring more involvement throughout the adoption process. Adoption is a method of closure for birth mothers. Because of this, dealing with the level of communication, legal procedures, and other protocols may cause more stress. If your life circumstances aren’t the best when considering adoption, an open adoption may not be for you. 

Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri for More Information on Open Adoptions

When choosing an adoption agency to partner with, it’s beneficial if it is full-service, licensed, and local. We offer private adoption services, and you can be assured we will be by your side until the end of the adoption. You can also be assured that we are complying with mandatory legal procedures.

Deciding the adoption type may not be an easy decision for you. You should ensure you are making the best decision for you and your child no matter what. We can educate you on each type of adoption to help you do so. At Adoptions Choices of Missouri, we are committed to helping birth mothers, their children, and adoptive families. We offer private adoption services when you decide to create your adoption plan. Working with us, we will provide the information, as well as emotional support you need. Contact us today to begin your adoption journey and learn more about open adoptions!