Types of Adoption

At St. Elizabeth Foundation, birth parents can choose between open, semi-open, and closed adoptions. You choose the plan works best for you and is in the best interest of your child.

Open Adoption

An open adoption allows birth parents to have direct contact with the adoptive family. Together, birth parents and adoptive families decide on a plan for visits and communication. They can choose to stay in touch through letters, phone calls, emails, or in-person visits.

Semi-Open Adoption

In a semi-open adoption (sometimes referred to as mediated adoption) St. Elizabeth Foundation helps facilitate communication between birth parents and adoptive families. This can also be in the form of letters, phone calls, emails, cards, gifts, and even in-person visits. Semi-open adoptions allow for safe communication to take place while respecting each person’s boundaries. The majority of adoptions through St. Elizabeth are semi-open.

Closed Adoption

A closed adoption means that there is no contact between the birth parents and adoptive families after the placement. The birth parents’ information remains confidential, but they may choose to share medical history.

See How Openness in Adoption Works!

Since its founding, St. Elizabeth has placed more than 600 babies. Each adoption represents the love of a birth mother and the loves of an adopting family. Here are just a few of their stories.

Read their Stories