For centuries, adoption was something that wasn’t discussed outside courtrooms and adoption agencies. Birth parents and adoptive parents never met, did not know each other’s identities, and had no ongoing relationship. With the concept of open adoption, all that has changed. It’s not necessarily the best option for everyone, but here are the potential advantages of an open adoption.
Benefits for Birth Parents
As a birth parent, you want to choose the best situation to place your child. The more you know about potential adoptive parents, the better decision you can make. With an open adoption, you can meet adoptive parents, ask them all the questions you need answered, and have the confidence that you are doing the right thing. In addition, you have the opportunity to maintain a meaningful relationship with your child as they grow up. Accordingly, you can formulate an adoption plan with confidence, knowing that your child will be in good hands.
Benefits for Adoptive Parents
One of the most difficult parts of the adoption process for adoptive parents can be the sense that you have no control over any part of the process. With an open adoption, you get to participate in the matching process. If the birthparent chooses you, you can have a strong sense of validation, that you are doing the right thing. You’ll have the ability to learn about your child’s family medical history, and will have a contact person, should issues arise as your child gets older.
Benefits for Adopted Children
Adopted children can also benefit from knowing both adopted and birth parents. They’ll have a stronger sense of personal identity knowing their birth parents, and will have fewer unanswered questions about why they were adopted. In addition, there won’t be unfounded fantasies or imaginings about birth parents.
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