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What is the difference between an open and closed adoption?

The decision to place one's child up for adoption is an incredibly difficult one. A North Carolina woman may feel uncertainty and fear as she weighs her ability to take care of her unborn child against the opportunities the child may have if adopted into a supportive and loving home. The woman may wonder if she will be able to live her life not knowing where her baby ended up or how they are doing. A birth mother's ability to stay in contact with a child she placed up for adoption will depend upon whether the adoption was open or closed.

In the past most adoptions were closed. In these arrangements a birth mother had no contact with her child's adoptive parents or with the child. Records regarding the adoption were often sealed and it could be very difficult for a child to track down their birth parents after time passed since the finalization of their adoption.

Now, many adoptions are open. This means that birth families and adoptive families not only know who each other are but that they may, if they choose, have ongoing relationships. While not every open adoption results in a long-term relationship between a birth parent and the child they placed up for adoption the process can make it easier on adoptive and birth families to find each other if such a need should arise.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of adoption and both birth parents and adoptive parents are encouraged to learn more about each before endeavoring into the adoption process. Attorneys who handle the legal requirements of North Carolina adoptions can be excellent sources of information for parties on both sides of the adoption process.

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