There are about 135,000 children adopted in the United States each year. Many of those adoptions will be open adoptions. Typically, birth mothers and adoptive parents can choose between an open adoption and a closed adoption. The biggest difference between the two is the amount of contact and information before and after the adoption takes place. There are numerous reasons why one would want to keep the adoption closed, but for some, an open adoption is the best fit for both the adoptive parents and birth mother. This allows both sides to have a little more control without the adoption agency handling all communication. Here are some benefits to an open adoption.
The Child Has More Answers
Some children who are adopted struggle with their identity. Even if the have loving and supportive adoptive parents, it can be hard on them knowing they were given up by their birth mother. Having some type of interaction with the birth mother allows them to adjust to the situation better. In some cases, having the birth mother a part of the child's life adds more support for the child. In a closed adoption, the adoptive parents are only given a limited amount of information and many times it does not include the reason the birth mother gave the child up. In an open adoption, the child has the ability to reach out to the birth mother to find out answers to their questions. In many cases, this can help relieve some anxiety the child has about being adopted.
Medical Issues Arise
Even in a closed adoption, the adoption agency will do everything they can to get a thorough amount of previous medical history, but it may only include the birth parents. Should a medical issue arise later in life with the adopted child, it is important to have a complete background of medical history that includes grandparents and other siblings. This can help with future medical issues. In an open adoption, you can go back to the birth parents and find out more about their medical history as needed.
Peace for the Birth Mother
Giving up a child can be one of the hardest decisions a mother ever makes. An open adoption can bring some peace for the birth mom by allowing her to remain part of the child's life. Knowing she is able to communicate with both the adoptive parents and child can make the process and decision making much easier. It also allows her to communicate with the adoptive parents to ensure she made the right decision. Being a part of the child's life in this manner can be just what the birth mother needs to remain connected.
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