Closed adoption, also called a confidential or traditional adoption, refers to an adoption in which there is no relationship between the adoptive family and birth parents. In a closed adoption, the birth parents and adoptive family arrange the adoption via a facilitator, attorney or a case worker at an agency. Neither member of the adoption triad knows identifying information about the other. By opting for a closed adoption, a future birth mother is trying to have as little involvement as possible with the placement process. For some women, this is a way to distance themselves from the emotional decisions associated with placement. However, the distance is something many adopters fear will make it easier for a birth mother to change her mind about placement.
Closed adoptions differ from the somewhat more revealing semi-open adoption, in which triad members are on a first-name basis. The future birth mother in a semi-open adoption will play a decisive role in child placement.
Some birth parents and adoptive parents may worry than anything but an open adoption can lead to discontent as the child develops, but a study conducted in 1996 by Child Development suggested that children would rather feel secure in their adoptive family than be in contact with their birth parents.
Choosing between an open and closed adoption depends entirely on the adoptive family's preferences. It's strongly advised that couples that do not entirely support an open adoption should not engage in one. However, it's more rare to find an agency or attorney that is completely comfortable with a closed adoption and will not suggest a semi-open adoption to a birth mother.
It's equally important adopters understand that in a closed adoption little to no information will be exchanged with the birth parents, including their choice to arrange an adoption with the couple. This can feel like a distant business deal for some adoptive couples who want to know the nuances and personality of the mother of the child they're being placed with. Other adoptive parents may feel the separation of adoptive and birth parent eliminates possible instability an openly known birth mother's lifestyle may bring into a family dynamic. Also, in an open adoption, if communication is lost between the birth mother and adoptee, the child may become confused and hurt.
NS adult adoptees call for access to family history
Some adult adoptees are raising concerns over closed adoption records in Nova Scotia, saying that cuts off access to their cultural background and family health history.Couple faces adoption roadblocks
Hours in travel, thousands in legal fees, and all the heartache one family can handle. A First Coast couple trying to adopt a child from South Carolina say they feel like their baby has been taken from them by the system.
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Hours in travel, thousands in legal fees, and all the heartache one family can handle. A First Coast couple trying to adopt a child from South Carolina say they feel like their baby has been taken from them by the system.Search Quest America Dives into DNA: Genetic Genealogy Plus for Adoptees
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Open adoption needs time to work
April 20, 2013, 9:04 pm
Replying to the original post, I want to encourage you -- and others stressing about their new open adoption -- to give it time to work. Don't rule out open adoption for the future! Our daughter is now 6; got her straight from the hospital, knew birthmom & family for years before the birth. Here...What???
May 13, 2013, 10:51 am
Well things having been going smooth lately. (knock on wood) Sassy is a month shy of turning 2 and already speaking in sentences and starting to get interested in the potty again!! Bubba's behaviors are much better and more managable as well. He's actually getting moved up to an older preschool...
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April 11, 2013, 7:44 pm
Hi all I've always known I was adopted. I was adopted just days after birth, reportedly the product of a teen pregnancy. I have two younger brothers, one of which is also adopted (no biological relationship between us) and the other was a surprise to my parents. Growing up I always wondered...Local two year old beaten to death:(
May 11, 2013, 3:20 pm
[url=http://www.wmur.com/news/nh-news/toddler-in-abuse-case-dies-in-hospital/-/9857858/20108604/-/itwc8z/-/index.html]Toddler in abuse case dies in hospital | Local News - WMUR Home[/url] This is my adopted children's relative. :( We have a closed adoption and no contact with the family...my heart...