Open Adoption in New Mexico
Modern adoption in New Mexico most commonly involves birth parents and adoptive families having an open relationship, also known as open adoption. There are numerous benefits to "open" or "semi-open" adoption and when you call 1-800-ADOPTION or fill out this free online form, you can connect with one of our adoption specialists who will further explain what open adoption is and how it works.
Until then, the information here compares open and closed adoption to help you better understand the differences and explain the benefits of having an open adoption in New Mexico.
What is open adoption in New Mexico?
Open adoption definition: An adoption in which a child’s birth parents and adoptive parents get to know one another and develop a lifelong relationship. In this adoption situation, both parties will exchange identifying information and contact information in order to develop the relationship without the help of an adoption professional. American Adoptions, as well as other adoption professionals, recommends open adoption over any other type of adoption when possible.
If you choose an open adoption in New Mexico, American Adoptions will help you to develop a relationship with your child’s prospective adoptive family as soon as you choose them. Whether you’re most comfortable with emails, phone calls, in-person meetings, or all of the above, you can begin to know the family that you have chosen to place your child with. Just as with any other type of relationship, open adoption can change and evolve over time as your comfort levels fluctuate.
What is a semi-open adoption in New Mexico?
Semi-open adoption definition: Also known as a mediated adoption, adoption in which a child’s birth parents and adoptive parents exchange updates with the help of an adoption professional. In this adoption situation, neither party exchanges identifying information, and an adoption professional acts as a go-between to give photo and letter updates of the adopted child to the birth parents.
For many women, this is the ideal kind of adoption scenario, as it allows them to know how their child is doing while still providing a sense of closure. If you're interested in a semi-open adoption, your American Adoptions will help you understand your options in this post-placement relationship.
What is a closed adoption in New Mexico?
Closed adoption definition: an adoption in which a child’s birth parents and adoptive parents do not exchange identifying information or communication. In this adoption situation, the birth mother does not get any type of update on her child’s progress and wellbeing, which is why this is the least common type of adoptive relationship today.
This doesn’t mean, however, that a New Mexico closed adoption might not be the best option for some women. If this is a turbulent time in your life and you value privacy and closure, it is entirely in your power to choose a closed adoption for yourself and your adoption. If this is the route you go, know that you can also still choose your child’s adoptive family with American Adoptions.
Open Adoption vs. Closed Adoption in New Mexico
The important differences between an open adoption and a closed adoption in N.M. are most obvious in terms of the benefits that come with some degree of communication in an adoptive relationship. These include but are by no means limited to:
Watching your child grow up happy and healthy. You will never have to wonder how your child is doing or if you made the right decision, because you’ll be able to see that for yourself. In a New Mexico open adoption, you’ll be able to maintain contact with your child’s adoptive parents — and later, your child — to watch your child go on to achieve his or her dreams.
Explaining to your child why you chose adoption. You’ll never have to worry that your child will feel unloved or unwanted. Instead, you’ll get to explain to him or her how difficult the adoption decision was for you and why you ultimately made it in their best interests.
Getting to know your child’s adoptive parents. In many ways, an open adoption can make it feel like you’ve gained family members. You’ll be able to keep in touch with them to make sure they, as well as well as your child, are doing well, which will help you to feel confident in your adoption decision.
Providing access to your own medical history. The benefits of open adoption extend to adoptive parents as well, particularly in the form of medical records. By maintaining a relationship, they will be able to contact you if they have any questions about your child’s medical history, particularly if an issue were to pop up, which can be instrumental in planning medical care.
If you still aren’t sure which adoptive relationship might be the best fit for you, or if you have more questions about open adoption in New Mexico, please call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION or fill out our free online form to speak with a social worker.
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