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Choosing a Semi-Open Adoption with Adoption Choices of Kansas

By Kennedy Wood 

Learning about an unexpected pregnancy can bring up a lot of confusion. There are many different paths you can take when making the decision to place a child for adoption. At Adoption Choices of Kansas, we want to ensure you know all of your options to make the best decision for you and your child. Everyone’s situation is unique and we want you to know we are there for you throughout the entire adoption process. Choosing what type of adoption to do can be difficult but we hope to give you the information you need to decide. Semi-open adoptions can be a great choice for many mothers and we hope to help you make the right decision for you. You can contact a local adoption agency to learn more about adoption services offered. 

What is a Semi-Open Adoption?

A semi-open adoption is when you still have contact with an adoptive family but it is limited. A semi-open adoption isn’t the same as an open adoption. In an open adoption, you can have access to the child either in person or over the phone. An open adoption allows you to  be in the child’s life as much as you and the adoptive family have agreed to. In a semi-open adoption, there is less contact with the child and the adoptive family. Usually, with a semi-open adoption, the birth mother and the adoptive family will talk and maybe meet during the pregnancy. When the child is placed with the adoptive family, the family can contact you with updates on the child. 

Advantages of a Semi-Open Adoption

Placing a child for adoption is already a hard decision and can lead birth mothers to feel sad, stressed, or any range of emotions. Semi-open adoptions are a great choice for birth mothers. You will be able to choose the adoptive family that you want and begin to talk about the level of communication you would like. A semi-open adoption will allow you to stay connected with your child if that is what you wish to do. In a semi-open adoption, you will be staying in touch with the adoptive parents and not the child. The adoptive parents will be sending you updates on the child and how they are doing.

Semi-open adoption is a great choice for birth mothers who want to know how their child is doing, but also want to be able to move on with their lives. Birth mothers should never feel ashamed of placing their child with an adoptive family and wanting to move on. You have every right to want to live your life on your own terms and do what is best for you, which in turn will be best for the child. A semi-open adoption will allow you to know that the child is okay while leaving some distance between you and the adoptive family.

A semi-open adoption can be more beneficial and alleviate some emotional stress for some birth mothers. You won’t have to deal with the pressures of scheduling meeting times and both families can maintain a level of privacy. If you feel like this could be the right decision for you, you can contact local adoption agencies in Kansas for more information. 

Disadvantages of a Semi-Open Adoption

Although a semi-open adoption is a great choice for many mothers, it may not be the perfect fit for you. One disadvantage of a semi-open adoption is that, unlike an open adoption, there won’t be direct contact with the child. An open adoption may allow you to talk to the child on the phone or even schedule times to meet with them in person.

However, a semi-open adoption will have more restrictions than that. You will mainly be speaking with the adoptive parents during this type of adoption and there will be very limited if any direct contact with the child. The main form of communication you will receive is a message that will update you on your child’s life and well-being. 

If you are hoping to be more involved in the child’s life, then a semi-open adoption may be difficult for you to navigate. This type of adoption process is less personal and probably won’t be a good fit if you want to be more involved in the child’s life. If you prefer to be more involved with the child, an open adoption will be the path you want to look into. 

Although it can seem overwhelming, the first step is to figure out how much communication you want. For some, they will do best with an open adoption where there is more communication and engagement with the child and family. Others will do better and be able to move on more easily in a semi-open adoption where you know your child is okay but there isn’t too much commitment. 

Choosing a Semi-Open Adoption in Kansas

At the end of the day, only you know what is best for you and your overall well-being, and whichever choice you decide is the right choice. You should never feel bad about the decisions you make and that’s why Adoption Choices of Kansas wants to be your support system throughout the whole process. We know the emotions and questions that arise during these times and we want you to know that you will not be alone during your decision-making process. For more information on semi-open adoptions, you can contact Adoption Choices of Kansas via website or phone. 

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