Law Office of Lori Crystal, LLC April 26, 2019

Adoption is a wonderful way to grow a family, matching those who wish to be parents in Colorado with a child in need of a home. However, not all adoptions look the same. Today, we are going to look at two types of adoption: open adoption and closed adoption.

In a closed adoption, potential parents generally use the services of an adoption agency to adopt a child. The potential parents are usually not given any information about where the child came from or who the child’s biological parents are. The child’s biological parents and adoptive parents do not contact each other once the adoption is complete, and the child may not even know who their biological parents are, as the files on the adoption are usually kept sealed.

These days, more families are choosing open adoptions. In an open adoption, the child’s perspective parents and biological parents keep in contact with one another during the pregnancy and after the child is born, at least to a certain extent. In an open adoption, the child’s biological parents can choose who the child’s potential adoptive parents will be. In many cases, an open adoption benefits the child, since the child will know who their biological parents are and know why they were given up for adoption. However, some adoptive parents fear that the child will experience confusion regarding whether the adoptive parents or biological parents are their “real” parents.

In the end, deciding whether to pursue an open adoption or closed adoption is a very personal decision. There are pros and cons to both types of adoption. Family law attorneys can explain more about the adoption process, so parents can make informed decisions on the matter.