Adoption Choices

Adoptions can be open, closed or somewhere in between. You get to decide which adoption arrangement works best for you.

Historically, adoptions were closed, but now the majority of adoptions tend to be open or semi-open. This is beneficial to everyone involved — birth parents, adoptive parents and the adopted child. It gives the adopted child the chance to know the family of origin and helps answer questions about his or her adoption story.

What about the Birth Father?

Your baby’s father does have rights, whether or not he is supportive of you and your adoption. Find out what those rights are and how we can help you determine your options.

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Types of adoptions:

  • Closed. There is typically no further contact after the birth of the child.
  • Semi-open. Pictures and updates are exchanged through the adoption agency.
  • Open. This can be anything from exchanging pictures and updates with the adoptive family by phone, email or a shared website to the potential for in-person visits throughout childhood.

Also, know your relationship with the adoptive family can change over time. So there’s no pressure on the decision you make — just consider what seems right for you at this time.

We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding the various types of adoption.


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