Open and Closed are Not Types of Adoption!

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Are you thinking about adoption but feeling overwhelmed by all the options and terminology? One area that can be confusing is the different types of adoption communication. So today, we’ll break down the differences between open, semi-closed, and closed adoption communication and clear up some misconceptions.

First, let’s clarify what we mean by “types of adoption.” Many people refer to open and closed adoptions as types of adoption, but this is actually incorrect. The term “types of adoption” refers to the avenues through which you can adopt a child, such as domestic agencies, consultants, private adoptions, embryos, foster care, and international adoption.

Now, let’s dive into the different types of adoption communication:

  1. Open Adoption Communication
    This type of adoption communication involves communication between everyone involved in the adoption process, including the adoptive family, the birth mother, and the child. Communication can occur before and after placement and can take various forms, such as visits, phone calls, letters, and emails. Open adoption communication can help everyone feel more connected and informed and can be especially beneficial for the child’s emotional well-being.
  2. Semi-Closed Adoption Communication
    This type of adoption communication involves communication between the adoptive family and the birth family, but not between the child and the birth family. It may include sending letters or photos to the birth mother directly or through an intermediary, such as an adoption agency. This type of communication can be helpful for the birth mother who wants updates on the child’s well-being, but may not want ongoing contact.
  3. Closed Adoption Communication
    This type of adoption communication involves no communication between the adoptive family, birth mother, or child after the adoption is finalized. This type of adoption communication used to be more common, but today, most adoptions involve some level of openness.

It’s important to note that some people use the term “semi-open” adoption to describe the second type of communication, but this is incorrect. “Semi-closed” is a more accurate description because the adoption is closed to the child.

Understanding the different types of adoption communication is crucial for anyone considering adoption. Open, semi-closed, and closed adoptions are not types of adoption but rather different communication styles. Choosing the right type of adoption communication for your situation is a personal decision that should be made with care and consideration, keeping the child’s best interest at heart.

Be sure to catch my latest video for more insights, and don’t miss out on our essential checklist for home study documents if you’re considering adoption. Our website, Adoption & Beyond, offers a plethora of resources and in-depth guides to help prepare you for adoption, including detailed information on the home study process.

Take that first step in your adoption journey and start building a family that will last a lifetime. If you’re uncertain about which of the adoption routes is best for you and your loved ones, consider enrolling in The Avenues of Adoption course. course. It will help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

This blog post is provided for educational and informational purposes only. Our services are not financial, business or legal advice. The information presented here is not a guarantee that you will obtain any results or earn any money using our content. Adoption & Beyond, Inc. owns all copyrights to the materials presented here unless otherwise noted.

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Meet Steffany Aye, the heart behind Adoption & Beyond since its inception in 1998. Fueled by a deep passion for supporting both birth and adoptive parents, Steffany's journey as an adoptive parent has continued the foundation for this non-profit adoption agency.

Drawing from more than 25 years of dedicated experience, Steffany and her team are committed to crafting warm, thriving families through child-centered adoptions. Their inclusive services, free from any form of discrimination, reflect Steffany's unwavering dedication to the beautiful tapestry of adoption.

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