Adoption is a selfless choice that gives your baby a future. While adoption involves carrying your pregnancy to term and giving your parental rights over the child to an adoptive family, you can choose the details of your adoption plan.

Types of Adoption Plans

An adoption plan includes the details of how the adoption process will work between you and the adoptive family.

Open Adoption

This is the most common type of adoption today, and it means that you, the adoptive family, and the child have open lines of communication. However, how this might look is up to you. For example, you can choose to communicate with the adoptive family and child in person, over the phone, or by video. You can also decide how often you want to communicate.

*Open adoption agreements are not legally enforceable in the state of Texas.

Semi-Open Adoption

This adoption plan is similar to open adoption, but all communication is mediated by a third party (usually the adoption agency). For example, if you write a letter or email to the adoptive family, the third party will deliver it.

Closed Adoption

This is the most restrictive adoption option. There is no communication between you, the adoptive family, and the child, and all parties remain anonymous to each other.

What If I’m Considering Adoption?

Although adoption is a selfless act, it can also be emotionally complex. If you’re considering this choice, it’s vital to speak with an adoption counselor to make sure that you understand every part of the process.

At FirstLook, we’re here to answer questions and provide support as you consider your options, and we provide referrals to local adoption agencies.

You’re not alone in this. We’re here for you. Contact us today.