What Is Open Adoption?

A woman considering an open adoption plan for her pregnancy.

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering the pregnancy option of adoption, you’re in the right place! First Step Women’s Center exists to empower women facing unexpected pregnancies to make the choice that’s best for them and their futures.

The choice to place your child for adoption is never an easy one, but for many women, it ends up being one of the most empowering and life-giving decisions they’ve made. Today, birth mothers have more say in their adoption journey than ever, including determining how they would like to be involved in the life of their child after birth.

What Is an Open Adoption?

Some women will choose a closed adoption, in which they remain anonymous and do not stay in touch with their child or the adoptive family in any way. Today, however, 95 percent of adoptions are open in some way, meaning the birth mother and child are able to be in each other’s lives to some extent.

If you decide to have an open adoption, you will pick the family you feel is best suited and choose how and when you would like to communicate with your child.

If you’re not sure what option is best for you, your adoption agency will help you design a plan that fits the unique desires and hopes you have for your adoption journey.

What Are the Different Types of Open Adoptions? 

As the birth mother, you are able to determine the terms of your adoption, including how and when you would like to communicate with your child moving forward. Open adoptions can look very different from one another, depending on your communication preferences.

Open adoptions might include the following forms of communication:

Scheduled Visits

For birth mothers hoping to stay as connected as possible with their child, in-person, scheduled visits might be the kind of adoption terms you are looking for. As you create your adoption plan, you can specify how often you would like to visit with your child and if there are specific days, like holidays or birthdays, on which you would like to see them. 

Text, Calls, or Emails

If you’re hoping to connect with your child and stay up-to-date on their life, but aren’t looking to schedule in-person visits with them, you can choose to communicate with them via texting, phone and video calling, or emails.  

Letters and Photos

For birth moms who feel as though in-person visits or remote communication will be too overwhelming or hard, staying in touch through letters and photos might be the best option for you. If you’re hoping to keep your address private in this process, some adoption agencies will even help coordinate the sending and receiving of letters and photos. 

How do I learn more about my adoption options? 

If you’re considering adoption but aren’t sure where to start, First Step Women’s Center is here to help! Schedule an appointment with us to learn more about your options, start building your adoption plan, and get connected with one of our trusted adoption agencies!

Schedule your free consultation today!