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Which type of adoption is right for you?

Adoption in the U.S. has changed significantly since it first became regulated in the 1850s. People today think about family in broader terms and federal and state laws are being updated to reflect those changing views. There is a lot of stigma around the adoption process, namely, how long it takes and the associated costs. If you’re considering adoption, here are some national statistics and an overview of the types of adoption available to you.

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With so many children out there hoping for a good home, you want to partner with an agency who will guide you through the process as quickly and effectively as possible. But what kind of adoption is right for you?

Three common types of adoption:

  1. Closed. The adoption agency seals the file. Birthparents and adoptive parents do not communicate. There are, in some cases, ways to access your records.
  2. Semi-open.Choosing this type of adoption means that you keep in touch with the birthparents. However, you typically communicate via an adoption agency to maintain confidentiality. It is possible, if both sides agree, for a semi-open adoption to become an open adoption.
  3. Open. More common now than ever is an open adoption, where you stay in touch with the birthparents through phone calls, visits, photos and written communication. The level of involvement varies according to your contract. The aim of open adoption is to help the child know their past and to give the birthparents a chance to stay connected with you.

Adopting a child is a momentous decision. The process is longer than you would hope, and it can wreak havoc on your emotions. At the end of the day, you are choosing to invite a child into your life and create a family. It’s normal to have fears and concerns about the adoption process. It’s also normal to have concerns about what the future will hold. Keep the child’s best interests at heart and you will succeed.

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