If considering adoption, it is important to understand the different types so that you know your options. While closed adoption used to be the standard, open adoption is becoming more widely accepted. However, if you do not want to share identifying information with the other party, a closed adoption gives you privacy both during the process and after, since the files will be sealed. It is also possible to create an agreement that combines open and close adoption, to find a middle ground where both sides are satisfied. This may involve the exchange of pictures or information about the adopted child to the birth parents. Recently, new organizations have developed to help those who went through closed adoption to connect with their biological family.

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