Making a Semi-Open Adoption Plan in Kansas
Choosing adoption is a difficult decision to make. In the extensive research, you’ve probably done, you’ve most likely come across two types of adoption: open adoption and closed adoption. If neither of those options sounds like a perfect fit for you, then do we have some good news for you! A semi-open adoption is a lesser-known type of adoption that has only become popular in the last couple of decades. Maybe this is all a little confusing, and perhaps we’re throwing a lot of new information at you.
Adoption Choices of Kansas is here for you. Adoption is our bread and butter. We work with hundreds of women and understand you have a lot of questions and concerns. Your adoption caseworker will work with you to make sure you understand the adoption process and all of your unplanned pregnancy options. Our goal is to support and inform women facing an unplanned pregnancy. We’ll never try to sway your decisions or even push you towards adoption. We just want to make sure you have everything in your arsenal to make confident and informed decisions.
What is a Semi-Open Adoption?
A semi-open adoption is a type of adoption where identifying information is private, but communication can still take place, often through a 3rd-party like lawyers or an adoption agency. At our adoption agency, you and the adoptive parents will communicate through a secure, safe and confidential portal called ChildConnect.
A semi-open adoption is an excellent middle-ground if you don’t want your information available, but still want the option to send birthday cards and receive updates. Most adoptions today have some level of openness, and a semi-open adoption is a great option.
What is an Adoption Plan?
An adoption plan, put simply, is a plan for adoption. An adoption plan lays out your adoption journey in an easy-to-follow step-by-step list. Making an adoption plan is an easy and vital way to ensure your adoption journey goes as smooth as possible with few complications and hiccups. Once you contact Adoption Choices of Kansas, you’ve already completed the first step, and we’ll help you with the rest. Just like any other part of adoption, you don’t have to do it alone. We’ll help you make your adoption plan and get any resources you need.
How to Make a Semi-Open Adoption Plan
At its core, the adoption plan is the same for everyone. We have a simple five-step plan that makes all the difference in your adoption journey. We’ll help you tailor your plan to your unique needs and wants so you can worry less.
Step One: Contact an Adoption Professional
This is the easiest one. When you contact Adoption Choices of Kansas, we’ll work with you one-on-one to create an adoption plan. This is a very emotional process, and our compassionate and expert staff is always here to support you. Let us know that you want a semi-open adoption, and we’ll help you plan accordingly.
Step Two: Come to an Understanding of What’s Best for Your Child
Choosing adoption is not an easy decision to make, and the best way to assure yourself that you’re doing the right thing is to remember you’re doing it in the best interest of your baby. The right decision for you may not be the easiest one. Choosing a semi-open adoption means retention of privacy and allows a line of communication that can be vital.
Step Three: Choose an Adoption Type
Besides choosing adoption, choosing an adoption type is one of the hardest decisions you’ll have to make. We want you to understand all three adoption types and their pros and cons. If you have your heart set on one type, we will support you. If you’ve already decided on semi-open adoption, then you can check this step off your list!
Step Four: Select a Birth Plan
It’s plan “inception.” Part of creating an adoption plan is establishing a birth plan. A plan within a plan! Just as creating an adoption plan helps your adoption go smoothly, a birth plan — also referred to as a hospital plan — is there to ensure a smooth birth. We’ll work with you on your birth plan to decide on things like who you want present during birth, the amount of time you want alone with your baby, etc. You have a lot of choices to make, but you don’t have to make them alone. Remember, we’re here for you 24/7 for planning, questions, and any midnight panic attacks.
Step Five: Get Post-Placement Counseling
Adoption is a beautiful journey, but it is also emotionally draining. Our adoption counselors are here for you, even post placement, for support and help moving forward. A semi-open adoption, similar to open adoption, can make it difficult to get closure when you still have communication with the person you’re trying to grieve. Getting support through those times is essential. You go through a lot of emotions during pregnancy and adoption, and you’ll experience even more after placement. You’re not alone, and we’re here for you, always.
Are You to Make Your Semi-Open Adoption Plan?
A semi-open adoption plan won’t differ much from a plan for any other type of adoption. Typically, in a semi-open adoption, the adoption agency will choose the adoptive parents for you, but, with our adoption agency in Kansas, can be involved in selecting who will raise your child, if you’d like to. During the adoption planning process, you and the potential adoptive parents will work out the types and frequency of communication. Each situation is different. Some women choose to communicate only via letters sent through the adoption agency, and some swap emails or phone numbers. It all depends on what you and the potential adoptive parents want in the agreement. Since semi-open adoption allows for such diverse options for communication levels, it’s a great option if you’re unsure of wanting to be completely open.
The adoption process is complex and can feel very overwhelming. Just remember, Adoption Choices of Kansas is always here for you to make the journey as easy as possible. We’ve been helping women facing unplanned pregnancies for years, and our adoption experts understand what you’re going through. We’re here to help you and make sure you feel comfortable and confident in your decisions. Adoption is the most selfless decision you can make for you and your baby, and you deserve to be taken care of. Part of making the adoption process the best it can be is organization and planning. A little preparation now will make a huge difference later, trust us.
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