What are open and closed adoptions in Florida?

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Family Law on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

People who are going through an adoption, whether they are the birth parent or the adoptive parent, should make sure they fully understand the adoption process. Part of this process is understanding what type of adoption is being used. Our Florida readers might be interested in learning about the differences between closed adoptions and open adoptions.

What is the main difference between open adoptions and closed adoptions?

An open adoption means the adoptive family remains in contact with the birth family. Conversely, a closed adoption means there is no contact between the families.

Why would someone want a closed adoption?

A closed adoption might be preferred when the birth parents don’t feel comfortable watching a child grow up from afar. For the adoptive parents, a closed adoption might make them feel more comfortable knowing that they don’t have to compete with the birth parents. In a way, closed adoptions are less threatening for an adoptive family, and they might cause less confusion for the child.

Why would someone want an open adoption?

Some birth parents will want to see their child but are unable to raise the child. When that is the case, an open adoption might be preferable. For adoptive parents, an open adoption means they can get answers about the child’s medical history and other factors pertaining to the birth parents. In this type of adoption, it is vital that expectations and rules are laid out before the adoption occurs.

Adoption is a wonderful way for children to enjoy a loving family home. Fully understanding the adoption process can help to make the journey less stressful for the birth parents and the adoptive parents.

Source: FindLaw, “Open vs. Closed Adoption” Oct. 26, 2014