Open Adoption Agency Serving Indiana
Learn about open adoption in Indiana.
Are you living in Indiana and considering making an open adoption plan for your baby? Open adoption is a positive choice for expectant/birth mothers who hope to have a relationship with their child and adoptive family after placement. Because of open adoption, you do not need to say “goodbye” forever—and this brings many women peace of mind. Open adoption enables you to choose the adoptive parents for your child and maintain an ongoing relationship with the family if you wish. If you are considering open adoption in Indiana, you will need to work with an open adoption agency or professional that is familiar with the state.
Adoptions With Love specializes in providing loving, thoughtful, and safe adoption plans for expectant/birth parents. Our dedicated staff works diligently nationwide to ensure women considering this path are met with compassion, respect, and care. We offer a full team of counselors, attorneys, and adoption professionals licensed in Indiana who are ready to help you. Our services are completely confidential and always free of charge to expectant/birth mothers. When you work with Adoptions With Love, you have the option to choose a closed adoption, open adoption, or semi-open adoption that falls somewhere in between.
What Does it Mean to Have an Open Adoption in Indiana?
Open adoption can take on many different meanings, and can look different for every family. There is no one, “right” way to have an open adoption. To put it simply, open adoption means there is communication between birth parents and adoptive families. This communication can happen before the adoption is finalized, and continue for a lifetime. The form and frequency with which the two parties stay in touch can vary.
When you work with an open adoption agency (like Adoptions With Love), you can customize an open adoption plan that works best for you. For example, if you would like to receive emails with photos and updates once a year, that can be arranged. Once you have established a connection with the adoptive family – if you choose to meet them in person – you may decide that you would like to stay in touch with them over phone calls or text messages. Social media is a popular choice for families in modern adoption plans, and so you may choose to follow each other through a private photo file. Your adoption counselor can help you decide what makes you comfortable and can facilitate the arrangement before putting it in an open adoption contract.
The Benefits of Open Adoption in Indiana
Open adoption in Indiana is very common today, because of the benefits it offers to birth mothers, adoptive parents, and most of all, to children.
Many birth mothers today are open about expressing how much open adoption means to them. Katy, a birth mom who made her adoption plan 11 years ago, as a college student, says of open adoption:
“I am lucky and truly blessed to have had this experience. The immediate sorrow has been replaced by the joy in fulfilling my own dreams and watching my daughter fulfill hers. I know that her loving and dedicated parents and brother are the answer we both needed. Love is a never-ending circle whether near or far.”
The benefits of open adoption can help birth mothers cope and overcome the grief that Katy mentioned. Through open adoption, you can see that your child is growing up in a safe and stable home, and that they are well-cared for, by a family that loves them. As a birth mother, choosing open adoption also means you can continue to work toward your own personal and professional goals, without saying goodbye forever.
For children, open adoption also has many wonderful benefits. It allows them:
- To develop a strong sense of identity
- To build a deeper understanding of their cultural and ethnic heritage
- The chance to connect with any other biological relatives
- An understanding of why they were placed for adoption, which helps their relationships with birth parents down the road
How the Open Adoption Plan Works After Adoption
An open adoption is typically set up with the use of a post-adoption contract agreement (PACA). This document details the form and frequency of contact between birth and adoptive families. With an Indiana open adoption, the PACA must include the following elements:
- Acknowledgement by the birth parents that the adoption is irreversible, even if the birth parents do not follow the PACA.
- Acknowledgement by the adoptive parents that the birth parents have the right to seek enforcement of the privileges granted by the established agreement.
The attorneys that work with Adoptions With Love in Indiana are well-versed in the legal proceedings and rights and can help you – free of charge.
Free Services for Indiana Open Adoptions
As mentioned, choosing to work with Adoptions With Love means having access to free, in-person sessions with licensed attorneys and experienced counselors specially trained in Indiana adoption. The attorneys assist expectant/birth mothers with important legal requirements and all of these professionals are here to help guide you through this process every step of the way. They can educate you on your rights as a birth mother, listen to your concerns and wishes, and ensure you are comfortable at every stage of this long and emotional journey.
The attorneys and counselors in our Indiana network are chosen not only because of their knowledge and experience, but also because they are compassionate, sensitive, and understanding. At Adoptions With Love, we work tirelessly to provide the emotional support expectant/birth moms need throughout the adoption. If needed, we can also help you with living and maternity related expenses.
A Flexible Adoption Agency for Your Open Adoption
Working with an open adoption agency means having options. If you choose to work with Adoptions With Love, you can:
- Personally pick the adoptive family for your child
- Choose when and where to meet the family before and/or after birth
- Decide the form and frequency of ongoing communication for the open adoption
- Choose to maintain a close relationship with your child’s adoptive family
- Continue free counseling services at Adoptions With Love, where you are always a part of the family
- Choose to make changes to the open adoption agreement, if needed
At Adoptions With Love, the adoption you design is yours. You are the only one who can make this decision. You can make it with the love and support of Adoptions With Love, but you are never pressured, judged, or criticized for any decision you make. You are in control of this adoption plan. You have a group that is in your corner, that wants to make sure every decision made is one with which you feel comfortable.
It is Never Too Late
Whether you just found out that you are pregnant or you have already given birth, it is never too late to place your baby for adoption in Indiana. At Adoptions With Love, we maintain close relationships with specialists across Indiana and we can send a professional straight to your door – even in your hospital room. In accordance with Indiana law, an attorney – who can also come to meet you at your convenience – can execute an adoption consent at the hospital, if needed.
Placing your baby for adoption is anything but “giving up.” Making an open adoption plan is a thoughtful, loving, and brave decision. It does not mean saying goodbye forever, as it keeps the window open for a relationship down the road. You deserve to have the support you need during this challenging time, and we are here for you, whatever you need.
If you are looking for an adoption agency with a long record of caring and compassion that has been serving Indiana for 35 years, contact us by text (SMS) at 617-777-0072, by phone at 1-800-722-7731, or by message online. Our staff is here to answer your call any time of day or night, any day of the week.