What is Open Adoption?

Today, the overwhelming majority of adoptions involve some degree of openness, and it’s easy to see why. In the articles below, you’ll learn more about the advantages of open communication with your baby’s birth parents during and after the adoption process.

The Benefits of Contact with the Birth Parents

More than 9 out of every 10 women request contact with the adoptive parents. For this reason, we require adoptive families to be accepting of an open adoption.

What You Need to Know About Birth Mother Substance Use

Most women don’t use drugs or alcohol during pregnancy, but some birth mothers do struggle with substance abuse. Here’s what that means for adoptive parents:

Picture and Letter Correspondence with Birth Parents

American Adoptions asks all of our adoptive families to sign our picture and letter agreement, which promises birth mothers pictures and letters of the adopted child for up to 18 years.

About Birth Parents

How We Help You Find the Right Birth Mother to Adopt From

Learn how to find a birth mother for private adoption and discover the services American Adoptions offers to make this process easier.

How We Do and Don't Screen Pregnant Mothers

Our agency comprehensively screens pregnant mothers throughout the adoption process; however, you will notice it does not include drug screenings. Read to find out why.

  • The Adoption process: Step by Step

    There are six basic steps of the adoption process - call American Adoptions today at 1-800-ADOPTION to learn more.

  • What if the birth father doesn't agree?

    Learn more about what happens if the birth father is not supportive of adoption.

  • Birth Mother Stories

    Adoption stories from mothers who placed their baby for adoption. Learn more about adoption from the unique perspective of mothers who have lovingly chosen to create an adoption plan.

  • Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

    American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. We work with thousands of women each year facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to women in need. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you 7 days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and the options available to you.

  • How much information about the family will be shared with me?

    You can share however much or little information about yourself as you feel comfortable sharing. The adoptive family will know your first name, your last name (but only once the child is placed in their care), your medical history and the state that you live in.

  • How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

    This is a question that can only be answered by the individual family. Each family has their own style of how to introduce the adoption to the child. When you are matched with your adoptive family, you can ask this question to them. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it with them for you, just let her know.

  • Teen Pregnancy - Information for Young Women

    While not every woman who chooses adoption is a young mother, many are. Through adoption, many young women have found an ability to give their babies the best life possible, while finding the opportunity to realize their own dreams, as well. Call American Adoptions today at 1-800-ADOPTION.

  • Adoption Glossary

    Do adoption terms and phrases leave you feeling confused? Learn the meaning to key adoption words and phrases with our comprehensive adoption glossary.

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