If I Give Up My Baby For Adoption, Will I Ever See Them Again?
“If I Give Up My Baby For Adoption, Will I Ever See Them Again?“
This is one of the most common questions we get from women who are pregnant in Florida. And we understand why – adoption can be scary. However, in today’s world, adoption isn’t always the end. Expectant mothers who choose to “give up their baby for adoption” through The Law Offices of Berkowitz & White PLLC have the ability to choose whether they’d like an open, semi-open, or closed adoption. This choice is 100% up to the mother, and we encourage them to take some time to consider what sort of relationship they want to have with both their baby and the adoptive family.
Like every individual, every adoption situation is different. The needs and desires of one expectant birth mother will differ from another. So rather than sharing which option we think is best, we’ll simply explain the differences between open, semi-open, and closed adoption.
Open and Semi-Open Adoption
If you want to “give up your baby for adoption,” it’s important to know that placement day doesn’t have to be the last time you see your baby. Most adoptions today are semi-open. This means that the adoptive parents know the birth mother’s first name, and vice versa. It also means that the birth mother will receive letters and pictures of her child throughout his/her life, until the age of 18. The expectant mother may also elect to send letters and pictures to the adoptive family so that her child can get to know her too.
In a fully open adoption, everyone involved is well-acquainted with one another; names are exchanged, as well as phone numbers and other personal information. There is often a free-flowing line of communication after the birth of the child, which may evolve organically over time. However, each post-adoption relationship is unique and varies based on the comfort level of both the birth family and the adoptive family.
Closed adoption is an arrangement in which no contact takes place and very little information is shared between the adoptive family and birth family. In closed adoption, all court records are sealed in order to protect the birth mother’s right to privacy. However, if a birth mother would like for her child to be able to find her after the age of 18, there is the Florida Adoption Reunion Registry, or a document can be signed stating that the adoption entity can provide specific information to the adoptee after their 18th birthday.
Ready to “give up your baby for adoption?”
If you want to make an adoption plan, then you’ll need to make a decision about what sort of post-adoption relationship you’d like to have with the adoptive family. This is not a decision we can make for you, and there are certainly pros and cons to each type of arrangement. Only you know which path is the right one to take. If privacy and a sense of closure are important to you, closed adoption may be the right choice. However, if you want to watch your child grow, open or semi-open adoption might be the better route.
No matter which decision you choose, it needs to be a well-informed choice. Do your research well ahead of time. Talk to a counselor, or feel free to talk to us about the right choice for you. The Law Offices of Berkowitz & White PLLC are here 24/7. We can provide you with the resources, support, and counsel you need to get through this difficult time.
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