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Choosing a Semi-Open Adoption With Adoption Choices of Oklahoma 

 By Julian Burgos

Deciding on the path of adoption for you and your baby can come with its fair share of challenges. However, providing yourself with the proper knowledge can make the process less intimidating. It is important to understand that there are varying types of adoption you can choose. 

Choosing a closed, open, or semi-open adoption will determine the amount of contact you have with your baby. Birth mothers who chose closed adoptions will have no contact with their baby while open adoptions offer that option. But what about a semi-open adoption? Is there such a thing and exactly how much contact with your baby will you have if you choose this option? At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we can explain the differences between these adoptions and help you choose the best one for you.

What is a Semi-Open Adoption?

A semi-open adoption aims to find a healthy balance between the options of a closed or open adoption. In the case of semi-open adoptions, contact between birth and adoptive parents is limited by an agency or specialist acting as a mediator between the two. 

What this means is that an agency or specialist will instead provide you with updates on the status of your baby. These status updates can come in the form of pictures, videos, or even letters from both birth and adoptive parents. You are granted information that may not be given to you in a closed adoption, although not as much if the adoption were open. 

For many birth parents, this type of adoption can serve as the peace of mind you need when trying to move forward after the completion of the adoption process.   

What Are the Advantages of a Semi-Open Adoption?

Due to its “best of both worlds” nature, semi-open adoptions are becoming increasingly common today. Some of those advantages include: 

  • Birth and adoptive parents alike are given frequent updates on each other’s lives. 
  • Knowing what the living situation of your baby is and who their adoptive parents are can help you in your grieving process. Giving your baby up for adoption is an incredibly brave and difficult choice that can come with many layers of grief. A semi-open adoption can reduce your grieving process with the knowledge that your baby is safe and with a loving family. 
  • Closed adoptions eliminate any further contact with your baby after the adoption process is complete. A semi-open adoption can be an alternative if you are not comfortable with a closed adoption option. You may also have some of the benefits of an open adoption without diving completely into an open relationship. 

Many birth parents are not comfortable with an open adoption, so a semi-open adoption serves as another potential option.   

What Are the Disadvantages of a Semi-Open Adoption? 

Even though semi-open adoptions attempt to bring a healthy balance to open and closed adoptions, they can have their disadvantages: 

  • Semi-open adoptions provide both families with frequent contact, although the frequency of this contact can vary. This means that infrequent contact between the two families can instead hurt your relationship down the road. 
  • Maintaining any kind of contact in a relationship can be challenging, and adoption is no different. Not receiving updates after a certain period can strain the relationship between both families. 
  • Ultimately, the relationship between you and your baby can become estranged as they grow older due to a lack of attention from updates.

If both families want the semi-open adoption to benefit all parties involved, sending frequent updates can have positive effects. 

Professional Guidance That Cares About You and Your Child’s Well-Being

We know that this information can be overwhelming. That is why our specialists at Adoption Choices of Oklahoma can give you the professional guidance you need during this difficult process. Our offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa can provide you with prenatal care during your pregnancy and safe housing. We can also provide you with financial assistance and emotional support during every stage of your pregnancy. This means that you can access our counseling services before, during, and even after your pregnancy is complete.

Can Adoption Choices of Oklahoma Provide Me With A Semi-Open Adoption?

Knowing what kind of adoption process and plan you would feel most comfortable with can narrow down your agency search. If a semi-open adoption feels like the right option for you, Adoption Choices of Oklahoma can help you find the perfect adoptive parents for your baby. 

Adoption Choices of Oklahoma specializes in open, closed, and semi-open adoptions. This means that we can find the right adoptive parents for your specific situation and needs regarding the future of your child. We know that deciding on adoption for your baby can be extremely difficult, but our specialists can help you. Adoption experts are equipped to handle any kind of planned or unplanned pregnancy. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma can answer any questions or concerns you may have and provide you with the specific care you need.

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