Open adoptions make up the majority of adoptions in the US. An adoption being “open” means that the birth mother and adoptive family can identify each other, communicate, and share information. If desired by the birth mother as a condition of her adoption plan, she may have a relationship with her child.
This often gives everyone comfort, knowing the child will still have a connection to their biological roots. Of course, doing what feels right for your unique situation is the most important thing.
When it comes to adoption, there are different levels of openness you could choose from. Read this article to learn more about the different types of adoption and what steps to take if you are looking for a solution to an unplanned pregnancy.
What Are the Other Types of Adoption?
If you are considering adoption, two other terms to be familiar with are closed and semi-open.
In a closed adoption, all identifying information about the biological parent is kept confidential from the adoptive family and child. Personally identifiable details are not disclosed.
A semi-open adoption falls between closed and fully open. While the biological parent’s identity is protected, they can still communicate and share information with the adoptive parents through the facilitating adoption agency or another third party. Contact details are not exchanged directly.
How Much Does Adoption Cost?
There is no cost to make an adoption plan in Missouri.
According to American Adoptions, the adoptive family usually pays for medical expenses, adoption agency fees, and legal fees. An adoption agency can help you determine eligibility for having other costs covered during pregnancy, such as living expenses.
At Pregnancy Help Center, our doors are open to women considering all options. If adoption interests you, we can refer you to trustworthy local agencies to explore a potential adoptive placement.
We provide a safe, non-judgmental space to learn about adoption and your other options.
We also offer no-cost ultrasounds, a necessary step in confirming your pregnancy. This important scan can give you valuable pregnancy information such as gestational age, location, and viability, all of which can affect which options are available to you.
We are here to equip you on this journey. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!