Did you know adoption is not one-size-fits-all? If you’re in the middle of an unplanned pregnancy and believe adoption is the right path for you, understand that you have options when it comes to choosing an adoption plan. 

In this article, we’ll highlight what a semi-open adoption is and also examine how it differs from a closed and open adoption.

Three Types of Adoption

Adoption plans are available in three variations: closed, semi-open, and open. In order to better understand what a semi-open adoption is, it’s important to first look at what open and closed adoptions are. 

Open Adoption

Most adoptions today are, in some ways, considered open adoptions. Open adoption means that both the birth mother and the adoptive family share personal information, such as phone numbers and emails, and also agree to some form of contact both during and after the adoption is finalized. 

Closed Adoption

A closed adoption is defined by privacy. In a closed adoption, the birth mother will have no immediate contact with the adoptive family and her identity and contact information are kept confidential during and after the adoption process. 

While this might feel a bit extreme to the adoptive family, giving a child up for adoption is not an easy task. Sometimes, the path of no future contact with the child or their adoptive family can allow the birth mother to grieve more quickly and move on with her life. 

Semi-open Adoption

As the name suggests, a semi-open adoption is a blend of an open and closed adoption. While the birth mother may desire some form of contact, her identifying information is kept confidential from the adoptive family and child. 

For example, after the adoption is finalized, all contact will be filtered through the adoption agency. If the adoptive family sends pictures of the child as he/she grows, they will first be delivered to the adoption agency and then forwarded to the birth mother. 

What’s The Right Path for Me?

Deciding what type of adoption is right for your situation can feel a bit overwhelming. If you’d like to learn more about the adoption process or be guided to a local adoption agency, Pregnancy Help Center is here for you. 

Adoption is a journey. And every journey is better with a solid system of support. Contact the Pregnancy Help Center at 314-894-9800 and see how our staff can support you today!