The term “open adoption” refers to an adoption where the adoptive parents and birth parents share certain information and, in some cases, agree to some type of ongoing contact. The range of openness can include:
It is important to recognize that not everyone is comfortable with all levels of openness. In some cases, you as the birth parent may not desire that level of communication with your child’s adoptive family and in other cases, this may be threatening or uncomfortable for the adoptive family. Open Arms Adoptions believes and respects each person’s right and responsibility to make the decision that is right for their family. Our social workers will assist each person in designing a plan that is right for them.
It is also important to know that any agreement for any level of openness is based on trust and commitment. These agreements are not binding and may, in fact, change over time due to a variety of circumstances.