Learn more about modern adoption and your pregnancy options
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be thinking about adoption. There may be a variety of reasons you are considering adoption, including:
- You want your baby to grow up in a two-parent household
- You cannot currently afford to care for a family
- You are not in a stable relationship
- You cannot care emotionally or physically for a family
- You don’t want an abortion, but don’t want to be a parent
- You want your child to have a loving and strong support system
All of these points are valid reasons for considering this option. At Reliance Center, we can discuss the different types with you and connect you with local agencies.
An open adoption is a form of adoption that allows the birth mother and adoptive parents to have access to each other’s information, as well as opens the lines of contact through face-to-face meetings, phone calls, emails and more. Additionally, it allows you to have contact with your child throughout his or her life if you choose. This could mean personal visits, receiving photos or emails, or regular phone calls with the adoptive parents or the child. With open adoption, you have the option to play a role in your child’s life.
A semi-open adoption is a hybrid between the two better-known options. In this option, the birth mother and adoptive family will experience limited interaction, typically mitigated by a third party such as the agency or an attorney. Any communication with the child is done through non-identifying emails or letters. In some cases, regulated and supervised visits between the birth mother and child are allowed.
A closed adoption is where the information of both the birth mother and adoptive parents are kept private. This includes names, family history, photos, and any other identifying information. For this option, there is no contact between the two parties, as well as between the birth mother and child once the process is final. With a closed adoption, many birth mothers are able to find closure and are secure in knowing they have privacy.
No matter which process you choose, it will not be an easy decision. It’s about making a choice that is right for you and your child.
Do you have additional questions? Make your free appointment at Reliance Center to discuss the process and have your questions answered today.
Reliance Center is not an adoption agency. We do not facilitate the adoption process. We facilitate referrals and connections to licensed agencies that can help you.