Over the last decade, open adoption has increased in popularity for those choosing adoption. This is due in large part to the many benefits that an open adoption can have for the child, the adoptive family, and the birth mother.
But first—what is an open adoption? This option allows the birth mother to develop a relationship with the adoptive family before the child is born, and then continue to develop a bond with the child and family after the adoption is finalized.
Northland Family Planning has partnered with Choice Network for all of our adoption referrals. Choice Network works with families and birth mothers who are interested in open and semi-open adoptions. From Choice Network founder Molly Rampe Thomas, “At Choice Network, we believe adoption is about finding and making a connection between families based on gratitude, respect and of course, love!” From their website: “Choosing Choice Network means you believe in open adoption and a culture of honor between families that creates healthy, happy children. We look forward to coming alongside you as you walk this journey, full of love, support and ongoing relationship, whether you're choosing to create an adoption plan, or are building your family.”
Research has found that open adoptions benefit all parties involved, but especially the child. By creating an honest relationship, with true connection, the child feels loved and supported and minimizes confusion and feelings of being “not wanted.” As with any relationship, fostering and creating these relationships can be difficult, but the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages.
If you have questions about open adoption, or need a referral, call us. We can help, and so can Choice Network.