Benefits of Open Adoption
Birthparents in an open adoption are involved in the decision-making and control with regard to the placement. Birthparents in open adoptions may go through the normal feelings of sadness more easily. Because of this, they may display better emotional health compared to those involved in closed adoptions.
Contact with birthparents supplies adoptive parents with a real picture of the birthparents. Trust and understanding of one another is more likely to develop. There is more worry and uncertainty in a closed adoption for the adopting parents because they are not in regular communication with the birth parents during the process.
Having been chosen by the birthparents, the adoptive parents feel more comfortable with the process. Adoptive parents also have more access to continuous data, such as medical details, which aid them in parenting their son or daughter.
Open adoption offers instant answers to the adoptee's questions, in addition to correct information -- answers to questions that all adoptees have, like "Who do I look like?" and "Why was I given up?" The adoptive parents can communicate facts, as opposed to half-truths or unknowns. Additionally there is a chance for ongoing access to information. For instance, when the child asks a question that his/her parents cannot answer, they are able to turn to the birthparents for the answers.
In closed adoptions, the adoptee may have little or no access to his/her hereditary and health background. This can be upsetting to adoptees and may result in significant medical implications due to the lack of knowledge. In open adoption the adoptee's background, along with access to family medical information, is accessible to her/him and may be kept up to date as time passes.
In an open adoption, the adoptee is always aware of the reasons why he or she was placed for adoption. This removes an element of fantasy. The child may be free of the frustration around the unknowns and the feelings of being rejected which are inherent in closed adoption.
Children often have difficulty comprehending abstract concepts. In closed adoption, the words "birthmother" and "adoption" are hard for youngsters to understand since there is nothing concrete to connect to these phrases. In open adoption, the child has definite information and the birthmother is a concrete reality in his/her life. Therefore, it is simpler for children of open adoption to understand adoption.
Please feel free to call us at 800-813-9345 for more information about adoption and the additional benefits that come along with choosing an open adoption.
You've been wonderful through this whole thing. Very helpful, understanding and patient. This is probably one of the hardest things in life to go through. You found the perfect parents for my baby. No one in this world could be better than them."
(Birth Mother) Catrina
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