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Open or Closed Adoption?

Almost all our agency adoptions are open ones, with at least one-three visits a year. For that reason it is important that all the adopting families embrace OPEN ADOPTION.

We suggest reading “Making Room In Our Hearts,” by Micky Duxbury, who takes the fear and mystery out of open adoption. We firmly believe, after raising adopted children to adulthood, that knowing the birth parents helps the child emotionally.

JOH believes that open adoption is the healthiest arrangement for the child. The belief comes from many sources including pleased children, families and Birth Parents who are actively involved in open adoptions and know the grief of the many children who will never know their birth parents. It is encouraged with all expecting parents.

Therefore, it is necessary that all adoptive parents who apply to the program feel comfortable with and are willing to be in an open adoption.

Journeys staff assures Birth Parents that all adopting parents enrolled in the domestic program desire and are willing to be in a meaningful, lifelong relationship with them, all for the good of the child.

JOH staff is pleased to talk with adopting parent(s) about open adoption and we recommend reading “Making Room In Our Hearts” by Micky Duxbury for more information on this arrangement.

Open adoption helps the child in these ways:

They know that they are loved by their birth parent
The feelings of loss, abandonment, rejection, shame will be reduced
The adoptive family is assured of access to birth family information (family stories, medical information, cultural knowledge)
Connections that are lost in a traditional adoption (siblings, extended family) are encouraged.

Open adoption should be seen as a positive arrangement put in place to benefit the child, one that the adopting parents look forward to being involved in.

Adoption agreements between birth parents and the adopting parents are legally binding in many states and must be adhered to by the adopting family.



The Takeaway

In a closed adoption there is no contact at all between the Birth Parents, and the adoptive parents with the child,
after the adoption takes place. Traditionally, closed was the rule in the United States until Open Adoptions took hold. Now, recent statistics suggest that about 75% of all Domestic Adoptions are ‘Open’ in most ways. 

Perhaps some of the most telling observations about closed adoption versus open adoption come from the parents of Internationally adoped children, a very large group that is almost all 'closed'. They will tell you that
they quickly find out how much their children miss their birth parents, medical records, and familial contacts.

With years of experience in International Adoption Journeys' staff can attest to the overwhelming advantages of Open Adoption in almost all cases.

"Open Adoption should be seen as a positive arrangement put in place to benefit the child, one that the adopting parents look forward to being involved in.

Adoption agreements between birth parents and the adopting parents are legally binding in many states and must be adhered to by the adopting family."

Journeys of the Heart, 2017



Send Us Your Questions

Are you pregnant and want to know how we will help you? Questions about Open vs. Closed adoption? Support? More information about the great, home study ready families we have for you to see? Journeys of the Heart Adoption welcomes all your questions and comments, so please push the send questions box and contact us now!

Pregnant and need help now?

Do you need to make an adoption plan for your child or your children? Journeys of the Heart has been helping women in need since 1993 and we have a very successful record of providing adoption and relief services. The Urgent: Birthmother Help Needed button is there for you to use. Or, call 1-800-876-0575 any time, night or day. Every day of the year and every hour we are here with a friendly, live voice to take your call and help.

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