Until recently, most adoptions were closed meaning that identifying information about either party was not shared. After the adoption, this information was sealed so that there was no communication between them in the future. However, open adoptions have become more widely accepted. In an open adoption the adoptive parents give their information to the birth mother or parents and vice versa. This gives both sides the ability to contact each other in the future and allow the birth mother or parents to see the development of the child. However, the extent of the openness varies and oftentimes the two parties determine what information they will share. Overall, it is important to understand the distinction between open and closed adoption to determine which is right for you.

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