After the Adoption: The Pictures & Letters Agreement

American Adoptions specializes in semi-open adoptions, or adoptions in which some contact is maintained with the birth parents. However, key identifying information, such as last names and addresses, remains confidential.  We also handle closed and open adoptions, when requested by the birth parent. 

Families who join American Adoptions are asked to sign an adoption picture and letter agreement to provide these items to the birth parents should they request them. Typically, pictures and letters are sent once within the first 30 days of birth, twice a year for the first 5 years (every 6 months) and then once a year around the child's birthday from ages 6 to 18.

This is either done directly between the adoptive parents to the birth parents, or more commonly through the agency. In this case, the adoptive family mails the adoption pictures and letters to American Adoptions. Our agency then repackages the items, removing any identifying information such as the address, and then forwards the items to the birth parents. This system allows adoptive families to maintain contact with the birth parents, but ensures the confidentiality of their last name and address. 

In some cases where birth fathers are involved, the adoptive family will be asked to send in more than one adoption letter and picture package so that both the birth mother and birth father can receive updates. The birth parents also have the option of sending correspondence back to the adoptive couple in the form of letters, pictures and/or small gifts. 

When sending adoption letters and pictures, please be sure to include current photos of your child doing a variety of activities – school portraits, photos of your child playing sports, holiday pictures, etc. Also be sure to include photos of your child with you or other family members! Remember, the birth mother chose your entire family – she wants to see photos of you with your child, as well.

Exchanging adoption pictures and letters through our agency is easy. Simply mail your items to:

American Adoptions
Attn: Pictures and Letters Department
9101 W. 110th Street; Ste. 200
Overland Park, KS 66210

*Be sure to include the picture/letter correspondence form that includes your full name and the birth mother’s first name with your pictures/letters. This information is for internal use only and will not be forwarded to the birth mother.  (If you do not have this form, please contact Michelle Downard at 1-800-ADOPTION so she can email/mail you the form.) Once received, our agency will repackage your pictures/letters and mail them to the birth mother from our agency address. Your return address or last name will not be shared.

If you have any questions regarding your picture/letter agreement, or when you are due to submit your pictures/letters, please contact Michelle Downard at 1-800-ADOPTION.

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