There are many important decisions to make when placing a baby for adoption, and one of the first is to determine the openness of your adoption. Should you partner with a closed adoption agency or one that offers open adoptions as well? While closed adoptions were once the only option, there are many more choices available to expectant mothers today. How do you know if a closed adoption agency is the right choice for you? Know the advantages and disadvantages of closed adoption agencies so that you can make the best decision for your unique situation. 

The Pros & Cons of a Closed Adoption Agency

Choosing a confidential adoption or working with a closed adoption agency allows birth mothers to maintain their privacy throughout the entire adoption process. The identities of the birth mother and adoptive family are not disclosed to each other. Mothers can determine the birth and adoption plan that is best for them. Once the adoption is complete, they will not maintain contact with their baby or the adoptive family. At St. Elizabeth Foundation, we communicate all details to the involved parties while upholding the birth mother’s wishes for confidentiality.

While closed adoptions may be the right choice for some birth mothers, they can be emotionally challenging. Some mothers struggle with feelings of loss and grief after placing a baby for adoption. They may also feel a sense of guilt or remorse about their decision to close off contact with their child, which can be difficult to cope with. While not all mothers experience these emotional challenges, our team at St. Elizabeth Foundation provides counseling to discuss the potential difficulties of closed adoption.

Before settling on a closed adoption, it is important to know all options available to make the most informed decision. In addition to closed adoption, birth mothers have two other adoption channels that they may pursue.

Semi-Open Adoption

Semi-open adoption, also known as mediated adoption, involves some level of communication between the birth mother and the adoptive family. However, this is not to the same extent as in an open adoption. In a semi-open adoption, birth mothers have the option of whether or not to disclose their identity to the adoptive family. All communication is facilitated through a third party, such as an adoption agency or an attorney.

In a semi-open adoption, the birth mother and adoptive family may exchange identifying or non-identifying information. This can include letters and photos sent through the third party. They may also have the opportunity to meet in person, typically with the third party present.

Semi-open adoption can offer some of the benefits of both open and closed adoption. It allows the birth mother and adoptive family to maintain some level of privacy and confidentiality, while also allowing for some limited post-adoption communication. This can be a good option for mothers who want some contact with their baby and the adoptive family but who do not want a fully open adoption.

Open Adoption

Open adoptions maintain some level of ongoing contact and communication between the birth mother and adoptive family. In an open adoption, the birth mother and adoptive family exchange their names and contact information. They may also maintain ongoing contact through phone calls, emails, letters, and in-person visits.

Open adoptions can take many forms, and the level of contact and communication can vary widely. At St. Elizabeth Foundation, we help birth mothers settle on and facilitate the open adoption arrangement they deem best.

Open adoption can offer many benefits, including the opportunity for the baby to learn more about their birth family and their family history. This also allows the mother to stay connected with her child and be involved in their life to some extent. It can also help to foster a sense of openness and transparency in the adoption process. While open adoptions come with their own challenges, our adoption experts help to navigate all ups and downs through counseling and personalized care.

Partner With an Agency That Understands All Forms of Adoption

Are you unsure if a closed adoption agency or open adoption agency is right for you? At St. Elizabeth Foundation, we specialize in open, closed, and semi-open adoptions. We empower all birth mothers to find the adoption plan that is right for them and their babies. Let us connect you with adopting families while maintaining your specified level of openness.

If you are searching for the right agency to help facilitate your adoption, St. Elizabeth Foundation would love to share more with you about our adoption process. Give us a call at 225-769-8888 or send us a message. We would love to help you find the adoption plan that meets your needs.