Open vs Closed Adoption in Kansas
If you are considering choosing adoption, you might be questioning the entire process. There is a lot of information to be aware of when going through the adoption process. It is important to know that you are never alone throughout your pregnancy because Adoptions Choices of Kansas is here for whatever you might need. If you face an unplanned pregnancy and are not sure where to start, reach out to us. We offer a wide range of services to expectant mothers, and we can discuss and explain your options to you.
When putting your baby up for private adoption in Kansas, do not think of it as giving up. The decision is yours, and even after deciding whether or not adoption is the right option for you, you still have full control over the type of adoption you choose. There are three types of adoption in Kansas: open, semi-open, and closed. We want you to be aware of all your options to choose the one that is best suited for you and your situation.
Open Adoption in Kansas
Open adoption is a very popular and widely used option in the United States. In an open adoption, you have as much contact as you want with the adoptive family and your child. Contact information is shared so that you may send and receive letters or pictures and make phone calls. It is more likely than not for the birth mother and adoptive family to meet in person and discuss the openness of the adoption. You will most likely be in contact with the adoptive family during your pregnancy and post-placement. In-person, visits are also very popular and commonly heard of in an open adoption. It allows for you to remain connected with your child and their adoptive family.
The biggest thing that you need to keep in mind when choosing an open adoption is the commitment you would be making. You would have to keep an open mind and be aware that relationships can change and develop over time. Consider your feelings long-term. As the birth mother, you must come to an understanding and agreement with the adoptive family on what open means. You are committing to the needs of your child just as much as the adoptive family is.
Closed Adoption in Kansas
On the other hand, you have closed adoptions that are common but are the complete opposite of open adoptions. There is little to no contact between you, the birth mother, and the adoptive family. It is not unusual for you to know nothing about the adoptive family either, and they know little to nothing about you. It is normal for Adoption Choices of Kansas to choose the adoptive family for you, and we will be responsible for the post-placement. You won’t have contact with your child or the adoptive family post-placement, but it is possible to have unsealed records. This means that you can still know information about your child if you wish, but it would be completed through our Wichita adoption agency.
It is important to keep yourself in mind. Be thinking about what is best for you when deciding between open or closed adoption. Your feelings are just as important during this process pre and post-birth. While you might be concerned with your child, just know they will be placed in a loving and stable home regardless of your decision. Another thing to keep in mind is that the chosen type of adoption only remains in effect until the child reaches adult age. At that point in their life, the decision is fully up to them to remain in contact or not or reach out.
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