Open Adoption Can Be Beneficial For Everyone Involved

Since infant adoption has become increasingly difficult — especially closed adoptions in which the biological and adoptive parents never meet one another — people have turned to alternative ways of welcoming little ones into their home. You may be considering an open adoption of a baby or a toddler and wondering whether you’re ready for the extended family obligations — and potential problems — this will entail. 

Visitation in Open Adoptions

Traditionally, open adoptions have allowed the biological mother or both biological parents to have some limited contact with the child over the years. Increasingly, the trend has shifted to the biological parents being able to build a real relationship with their offspring — even with a regular visitation schedule. 

You and the biological parents would set up a visitation schedule and have a lawyer enter it with the court. Any modification to that schedule would need to be done through the legal system. 

Visitation could be set up any way that you all can agree on. It might be as little as one supervised visit twice per year, or as often as one full day each week. Depending on the circumstances, you might begin with a more restricted schedule and gradually allow more frequent visits.

A Larger Extended Family

Another trend in open adoptions is to have the child’s biological grandparents and siblings build a relationship with the youngster. You’re essentially creating a large blended family if you choose this route. 

How Does the Open Adoption Process Begin?

There’s no set way to begin the attempt for an open adoption. A common strategy is to register with an adoption agency and discuss your preferences and requirements in regard to welcoming a child into your family.

Some individuals and couples advertise in newspapers and online, wanting to catch the attention of someone who is pregnant and does not want to keep the baby. They offer continued contact with the youngster, hoping this will be appealing and help boost their chances of being chosen. 

Becoming a foster parent is another road that can lead to adoption. Sometimes parental rights are terminated but the parents are still allowed to visit their child. 

Concluding Thoughts

Open adoption can be a warm and loving ongoing situation for everyone concerned. Nevertheless, it does have challenges. You may want to speak with an adoption agency counselor and participate in online forums where adoptive families discuss their experiences. Talk with a family law attorney about what you need to do legally in the process.  

Then if you do choose an open adoption, you’ll know that you’re doing so as a well-informed prospective parent.

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