Here is everything we have when it comes to articles regarding closed adoption!
Hopeful Adoptive Parents and Closed Adoption
“Choosing a closed adoption may seem like the easiest option; however, it is not always the healthiest for a child’s development. Many placements come from places of necessity and not necessarily a safety issue. However, there are situations where closed adoption may be the best option.” Will A Closed Adoption Protect My Child?
“Open adoption can take many forms, but it generally means that a birth family still retains knowledge of their child’s well-being after an adoption has finalized. This can be as small as a few updates in the form of pictures and a letter or as much as regular visitation. It is completely understandable that there may be circumstances that prevent open adoption such as abuse or general safety concerns. It may also be the wish of a birth parent to have a closed adoption for one reason or another. However, when open adoption is an option, it should be honored for the sake of all involved, especially the child. Closed adoption is not an ethical choice when open adoption is possible.” Is Closed Adoption Ethical?
“The search for identity is an essential, inescapable part of life. As children, we ask our parents questions about where we came from, who we look like, why we’re short or blond or freckled. Our teenage years are typically characterized by angst, anger, and a panoply of other inflamed emotions because our insides are burning with the need to discover who we are. Then, as the embers cool, some of us travel to our ancestral homelands, many of us sort through photos of deceased relatives whom we resemble more by the day, and a steadily growing number of us while away the hours scouring the Internet in search of grandfathers or great-aunts to add to our family trees.” Closed
“Should adoption records be allowed to be opened? What impact would that have on the adoptees or the birth parents?” Open Adoption or Closed Adoption?
Adoptive Parents and Closed Adoption
“Some people may think that closing an open adoption is okay. They may think that promising an open adoption is just a means to becoming parents and that closing it has no effect on the child. After all, closed adoptions used to be the norm, and open adoption agreements often aren’t even legally enforceable. I often hear people state that they would only close the adoption if the environment for an open adoption became unhealthy. And while I too am guilty of making this statement, I think the phrase “closing the adoption” needs to be looked at closer.” Closing an Open Adoption
“There is an interesting line to walk in adoption regarding how we share our stories in a way that honors the right of the others involved to share (or not share) their own perspectives. For that reason, I won’t go into the details of my son’s story, because I believe it is his story to tell. I will only say this: From the time he was two days old, I have been the only mother he has known. His adoption is closed.” What I Wish You Knew About My Son’s Closed Adoption
“Opening up a closed adoption can feel like you are opening Pandora’s Box. You are flooded with feelings of apprehension, fear, excitement, nervousness and of course a little self-consciousness. Questions like: Will we like the birth parent? Will they like us? Will they think we are doing a good job? What if they are in an unhealthy spot in their lives? And, of course, the elephant in the room question, what if my child wants to be with them instead of me?” What It’s Like Opening A Closed Adoption
“So, how do we keep it “open” when, well, things are closed? I feel the most important piece in creating an open adoption is having an open heart. We may not have contact with our daughter’s birth mother for the time being, but our hearts are always open so when she is ready, we’ll be here waiting with arms and hearts wide open.” Keeping the Door Open in a Closed Adoption
Birth Parents and Closed Adoption
“Closed adoptions refer to a confidential placement of a child where there is no identifying information provided to the birth family or adoptive family. Although this was historically the most common type of adoption in the U.S., over the past few decades it has become more common for birth and adoptive families to agree on some level of openness in their adoption plan.” How Closed Adoption Hurts Birth Families
Closed Adoption Today
“Who has the right to deny a person knowing his/her birth history? That is a question of debate in the adoption society: should a birth mother’s desire for a closed adoption mean the child cannot have access to birth information? That and more is discussed by Ron Upshaw along with his adoptive and biological mother. Catherine, Ron’s biological mother, placed Ron for adoption in 1970. She recalls everyone being in control, telling her that Ron would not be able to access her and wasn’t even allowed to see him in the hospital after he was born. Catherine stated, ‘There was a very old-fashioned power structure that I think put mothers at a disadvantage, and I think we accepted whatever their decisions were because we felt like we didn’t have any rights.’” Adoption Reunion Discusses Whether Adoption Should Remain Closed For Birth Parent Privacy