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Understanding open and closed adoptions

On behalf of Sparkman Law Firm posted in adoption on Monday, July 18, 2016.

For many Florida residents who are unable to have children biologically, adoption can offer a much-sought-after path to parenthood. Some people who are able to and have even had their own biological children choose to adopt other children out of a desire to help others and grow their families at the same time. Whatever the reason a person pursues adoption, understanding some of the terms is important.

American Adoptions, a national adoption agency, indicates that adoption terms have been evolving in recent years. Historically it was common for birth mothers to have little to no involvement in selecting adoptive families. Similarly, they had little to no contact with their children or the adoptive families past birth. These are referred to as closed adoptions. Some people still opt for these types of adoptions today but they are growing less common.

An alternative to a closed adoption is an open adoption. This is one in which information can be exchanged between birth and adoptive families and some contact may take place throughout a child’s life. People may choose to exchange only information that does not reveal their identities and to only have contact via a third party. These adoptions are sometimes referred to as semi-open. People who choose to participate in fully open adoptions can decide the frequency and type of contact.

If you would like to learn more about the different types of adoptions and which one may be right for your family, please feel free to visit the adopting-a-child page on our Florida family law website.

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