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on March 10, 2024

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, knowing your options can help you make an informed decision for your baby and for you.

Unplanned Pregnancy?

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. It is important to carefully consider all available options, including adoption, to ensure the best possible outcome for both you and your baby. Adoption provides a loving and stable environment for your child to grow up in, and it can be a selfless and responsible choice for birth parents who may not be ready or able to provide the necessary care and support. By choosing adoption, you are giving your child the opportunity to have a bright future with a loving and committed family.

Understanding Open Adoption

Open adoption is a type of adoption where the birth parents and adoptive parents have some form of ongoing contact and communication. In an open adoption, the birth parents and adoptive parents may exchange information, photos, and even visit each other. This allows the child to have a connection to their birth family and understand their background and heritage. Open adoption can provide a sense of identity and belonging for the child, as well as peace of mind for the birth parents.

Benefits of Open Adoption

There are several benefits to open adoption. First and foremost, it allows the birth parents to maintain a relationship with their child and be a part of their life. This can provide a sense of peace and closure for the birth parents, knowing that their child is safe and well-cared for. Open adoption also allows the child to have a connection to their birth family, which can help them develop a sense of identity and self-worth. Additionally, open adoption can provide support and resources for both the birth parents and adoptive parents, as they navigate the challenges and joys of parenting.

Challenges of Open Adoption

While open adoption can have many benefits, it also comes with its own set of challenges. One of the main challenges is maintaining boundaries and navigating the relationship between the birth parents and adoptive parents. It is important for all parties involved to establish clear expectations and boundaries from the beginning to ensure a healthy and positive relationship. Additionally, open adoption requires ongoing communication and cooperation, which can sometimes be difficult if there are conflicts or disagreements. It is important for all parties to prioritize the best interests of the child and work together to create a supportive and loving environment.

Overview of Closed Adoption

Closed adoption is a type of adoption where there is no contact or communication between the birth parents and adoptive parents. In a closed adoption, all identifying information about the birth parents is kept confidential, and the child may have limited or no knowledge about their birth family. Closed adoption was more common in the past, but today, open adoption has become more prevalent as it is believed to be beneficial for the child's well-being.

Explore All of Your Options

It is important to explore all the options you have. An adoption agency such as Family Connections can help you understand the options available to you and the adoption process. We can connect you to resources and help you before, during and after the pregnancy. 

The right adoption agency is key to ensuring a positive and successful outcome for you, the adoptive family and baby.  Family Connections, Inc., an authorized New York State adoption agency, provides all the services needed to support birth parent(s) as they make an adoption plan for their child.  We would be honored answer your adoption questions.  Please contact Dan or Angela at 1-607-756-6574 or dan@adoptfamilyconnections.org or angela@adoptfamilyconnections.org .  We look forward to hearing from you. 


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