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Thanks to the wide availability of licensed adoption agencies, like A Child's Dream, children who need a home can find loving parents who may not otherwise be able to have children of their own. Deciding to adopt a child is a huge decision for sure, but opting for an open adoption can bring along even more concerns you must think about before agreeing to the open arrangement. It is always best to know what to expect before you bring your child home so you don't find yourself stressed out about the situation later on. Take a look at a few things you should know about open adoption if this is something you are considering.
There are different levels of open adoption.
Depending on the wishes of the birth parents, the adoption can be open on different levels. For example, a fully open adoption often allows for the birth parents to have occasional visits and a semi-open adoption may mean that the birth parents only want to be in contact with you as the adoptive parents for things like updates on the child's well-being or pictures. So before you agree to an open adoption arrangement, make sure you take the time to fully understand the arrangement and what level of openness will be expected on your part.
Agreeing to open adoption does not mean you do not have full parental rights of the child.
There is a common misconception that if you agree to an open adoption arrangement, you are relinquishing some of your rights to the birth parents who will be allowed to make certain decisions on behalf of the child. However, this is not the case. In all forms of adoption, whether opened or closed, the birth parents are signing over their rights to make decisions for the child, so you will be the primary caretaker, decision maker, and guardian of the child.
If an open adoption is causing problems, you can ask for changes for the welfare of your child.
If at any time after you adopt a child and agree to an open arrangement it becomes a problem, you will have the right to make changes to the arrangement. Even though you agree to an open adoption in the beginning, as the full custodial adoptive parent, you can step in and change teh arrangement if there are problems with the birth parents. For example, if the birth parent makes unacceptable demands or is making it hard for you to ensure the well-being of the child, you can change the arrangement.Share