Open or Closed Adoptions

Beginning the Adoption Process

The adoption process begins when a birth mother hires an adoption professional and expresses her preferences regarding the adoptive family. These preferences range from religious preferences to family size and geographical location. Once the birth mother decides on her desired characteristics of the adoptive family, the birth mother is provided with a list of prospective adoptive families and provided photos and backgrounds that have been made available by each of the prospective adoptive families. Once the birth mother has chosen the adoptive family, the adoptive family and the birth mother have open communication during the pregnancy.

Types of Adoptions - Open Adoptions and Closed Adoptions

There are two types of private adoptions: open adoptions or closed adoptions.

Open Adoptions

In an open adoption, the birth mother and the adoptive family communicate openly and exchange personal background information including medical background information. The birth mother can plan letters for the adoptive family to give to the child as the child gets older. Additionally, the birth mother may give the adoptive family information such as her social security number, address and phone number so the adoptive family can contact the birth mother in the future. The birth mother can also register with the Florida Reunion Registry so that the child may readily find the birth mother in the future. If the birth mother and the adoptive family prefer, they can have a closed adoption instead of an open adoption.

Closed Adoptions

In closed adoptions the birth mother and the adoptive family have little to no contact during the pregnancy and exchange little to no background information or medical or personal information. The adoption professional normally chooses the adoptive family for the birth mother, and the two adoption parties have no further contact.

Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. - Commitment to Families Building Families

Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. is committed to helping families build families. If you have a question or issue regarding Identified Adoptions, Interstate Adoptions, International Adoptions, Step-parent Adoptions, Grandparent or Close Relative Adoptions and Surrogacy Plans, We also assist in matching birth mothers with adoptive parents.

If you have an adoption question or need, please call us at (904) 355-8888 or contact us online.

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