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Is an open adoption good for the child?

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2019 | Adoptions |

If you are interested in adopting, you’ve probably researched the different types of options available. Adoptions should always be designed to fit the specific circumstances and to help the child to adapt to their new life. Therefore, considering the child’s best interests is a good way to determine which type of adoption would be best.

Open adoptions are very common when a pregnant woman chooses have their child adopted at birth. This means that the adoptive parents and the birth mother can have communication before the birth of the child. Open adoption allows the identities of all parties to be shared and opens up the possibility of communication between the birth mother and the child at a later date.

The advantages of an open adoption

Every child should have the right to know who they are and to feel a sense of identity. Additionally, they have the right to know their family medical history. Open adoption can help a child to have a connection with their biological parents, which can be very beneficial to a child’s emotional development, especially when they move into adulthood.

The disadvantages of an open adoption

The child may experience confusion, especially in their early years, when they know that they are adopted. It may lead them to feel a sense of rejection, and they may not understand why they are not living with their biological parents. This can also lead to issues with their ability to connect with the adoptive parents.

Choosing the type of adoption that you want to pursue can be difficult, especially because you cannot predict how a child will respond to situations in years to come. Having a good understanding of the adoption process may help you to make an informed decision.

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