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What it Means to Have an Open Adoption in Idaho

If you're considering adoption in Idaho, you most likely are thinking about what type of adoption is right for you and your baby. This guide can help.

If you already know the type of adoption you'd like to pursue, you can call 1-800-ADOPTION or fill out our free online form to start the Idaho adoption process.

What is open adoption in Idaho?

Open adoption definition: an adoption in Idaho situation that involves a child’s adoptive parents and birth parents getting to know each other to form a lifelong relationship. Open adoption entails both parties exchanging identifying information as well as contact information in order to communicate with each other directly. At American Adoptions, we always recommend an open adoption whenever possible.

If you decide to pursue an open adoption in Idaho, your American Adoptions adoption specialist will help you to form a relationship with your child’s prospective adoptive parents, starting as soon as you select them. Regardless of how you’re most comfortable with exchanging contact — be that phone calls, emails, in-person meetings, or more — you can begin to develop a relationship and get to know the people you have chosen to raise your child. Like any other relationship in your life, an open adoption relationship can evolve over times as your needs and comfort levels change.

What is semi open adoption in Idaho?

Semi open adoption definition: an adoption situation that involves a child’s adoptive parents and birth parents exchanging updates indirectly, with the help of an adoption professional. This is also referred to as a mediated adoption. Neither party in this case will exchange identifying information, but rather pass along the updates through the adoption professional, who acts as a go-between.

Many women find a semi open adoption situation to be ideal, as it allows them to have a sense of closure while still receiving updates to make sure their children are doing well. If you are interested in a semi-open adoption, your American Adoptions specialist can explain your options and help you create a personalized post-placement contact plan.

What is closed adoption in Idaho?

Closed adoption definition: an adoption situation that involves no contact or identifying information exchanged between a child’s adoptive parents and birth parents. In this scenario, a woman will receive no updates of any kind on how her child is doing after placement, which is why it is the least common type of adoption today.

Of course, every situation is different, and for some women a closed adoption in Idaho may be the best route. Whatever the reason, it is entirely possible to choose a closed adoption if you value privacy and closure above all else. Please know that, even if you choose a closed adoption, you can still choose your child’s adoptive family with American Adoptions.

Open Adoption vs. Closed Adoption in Idaho

When it comes to identifying the main differences between an Idaho open adoption or closed adoption, it’s most important to consider the benefits that are associated with communication in an adoptive relationship. While we feel that the benefits are innumerable, a few key ones include:

  • Being able to explain to your child, in your own words, why you chose to pursue adoption. You won’t have to worry that your child will feel unloved or unwanted, because you’ll be able to explain to him or her exactly how hard it was for you to make this choice.

  • Getting to know your child’s adoptive family. Many women in open adoption relationships feel that they have gained family members. Not only will you be able to check in on your child, but you’ll be able to keep up with the adoptive family and feel confident in your decision to place with them.

  • Watching your child grow into a happy and healthy adult. You’ll be able to ensure that your child is doing well, and that you made the right decision with adoption.

  • Providing your child’s adoptive parents with access to your own medical history in the event of a problem. It can be invaluable to be able to provide your child’s adoptive parents with your own medical history, as well as that of your family, in case any medical issues arise.

If you are still weighing your options about adoptive relationships, it can be helpful to talk to an adoptive specialist about your specific situation. Please do not hesitate to call American Adoptions any time at 1-800-ADOPTION.

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