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Types of Adoption and Holidays

By Nicole Hatton

The holiday season is an excellent time to celebrate family and loved ones. For those who are considering adoption or perhaps had an unplanned pregnancy, complex emotions may arise during this time. It can be stressful to look at the different adoption agencies in Kansas or even consider giving your child up for adoption. However, doing an adoption in Kansas does not have to be as scary as it may seem. At Adoption Choices of Kansas, we are ready to help you with the adoption process and make an adoption plan. We will be with you every step of the way and are happy to learn more about your personal background. If you are still considering adoption, keep reading to learn about the different types of adoption and the holidays. 

Open Adoption

If you would like to keep communication with the adoptive parents and possibly your adoptive child, you may consider open adoption. In an open adoption, the adoptive family and birth mother exchange identifying information, and you can help choose the adoptive family. However, you are not co-parenting, and the adoptive family has permanent legal rights and responsibilities for your child. You can choose the level of contact that you feel comfortable with keeping and what the adoptive family is willing to have. Whether that is receiving occasional email updates or regularly talking on the phone, you decide how much openness you would like. You could even do in-person visits and exchange pictures! Open adoption is a long-term commitment, so you can maintain a relationship with the adoptive family and your child throughout their lives.

Qualities to Search For When Choosing An Adoptive Family

With open adoption, you can have a say in who the adoptive parents will be. It’s important to make the right decision and thoroughly review all of the family profiles that you are considering. Because you will have ongoing contact with the adoptive family, it is crucial to have open communication. This will be useful because it will help with fostering a positive and supporting relationship between both parties. You may also want to consider the stability of the family to support your child financially and emotionally. Additionally, it would be a good idea to talk to the potential adoptive family and learn more about their values and beliefs. If their values and beliefs line up with yours, that could be a good sign that their family is reliable. While it’s not necessary for their values to match up exactly with yours, you may want to take it into account. Moreover, you may want to learn more about their parenting style and see if you agree with it or not. If your styles are different, you can explain your reasoning behind things and see if you can come to an agreement. 

Another important factor when it comes to deciding on an adoptive family is their support system. If they have extended family and friends or other outside connections, that could put you more at ease. Depending on your own personal values, this could be a major or smaller factor when deciding on the adoptive family. If it makes you more comfortable, you may also want to consider families who have had previous adoption experiences. These families may have a deeper understanding of the adoption process.

Semi-Open Adoption

Semi-open adoption is similar to open adoption, but there are boundaries established. The birth mother and/or parents can have communication with the adoptive family, but it may be through an adoption agency or attorney. Additionally, some identifying information about the adoptive family can be shared, but there can be limitations to prioritizing privacy. They can still exchange letters and pictures, but the communication can be less frequent than in an open adoption. However, both open and semi-open adoptions can be customized to meet certain needs, and the arrangement can evolve over time.

Closed Adoption

If you’re  considering adoption but don’t want communication afterward, closed adoption may be the best choice for you. In a closed adoption, the birth parents and adoptive family do not know each other. Identifying information is not shared, and there is no contact between them during the child’s development and in the future. The birth mother can see her baby after birth in the hospital, but the communication stops there. This also includes social and medical information.

The Holidays and Adoption

Although this can be an overwhelming time, you do not have to go through the adoption process alone. The holidays provide an opportunity to strengthen connections between the adoptive family, child, and birth parents. It’s essential to approach the holiday season with an open mind, sensitivity, and understanding. Keep in mind that the holidays may impact the different types of adoption due to scheduling and timing. However, you do not have to make this decision alone and whatever you decide reflects how caring of a mother you are. Keep your child’s best interests at heart and make sure to enjoy the holiday season.

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