Wyoming Open Adoption Agency
Learn about open adoption in Wyoming.
If you are considering adoption for your baby, it is important to know that making an adoption plan does not have to mean goodbye. In Wyoming, expectant/birth parents have the option to make an open adoption plan. Open adoption allows you to continue a relationship with your child and the adoptive family after placement.
- Open adoption gives birth mothers the opportunity to have ongoing communication with their child’s adoptive family.
- The form and frequency of contact may be tailored to suit your individual needs.
- Studies show that open adoption is a positive choice for everyone involved, but it is particularly beneficial for the adopted child.
As an expectant/birth mother, you are in charge of your adoption plan. You can choose your adoption arrangement, and tailor it to your needs and comfort level. Of course, you likely have many questions about the open adoption process. We have created this guide to help give you a better understanding of open adoption in Wyoming. If, at any time, you need help or would like to speak to a professional, you may reach out to Adoptions With Love at 1-800-722-7731 or contact us online.
If you are just looking to gain some more information regarding Wyoming open adoption, read on. Here, we will break down the basics to help you decide if open adoption is right for you.
What Does Open Adoption Mean?
Open adoption means there is open communication between birth and adoptive families, both before and after the adoption is finalized. That arrangement can look different for everyone, depending on their needs and comfort level. At Adoptions With Love, expectant/birth mothers have the power to design the type of adoption plan that works best for them.
For many expectant/birth moms, open adoption involves:
- Selecting the adoptive family for their baby
- Communicating directly with the adoptive family, and – if desired – meeting them prior to baby’s arrival
- Maintaining a relationship with the baby’s adoptive family throughout the years
In choosing an open adoption, you are also opening the door to many other positive decisions. Many expectant/birth mothers who have established a relationship with their child’s adoptive parents also choose to include them in the baby’s big arrival. You may wish to allow them in the delivery room at the hospital or birthing center. Of course, this will depend on your comfort level and you may base this decision on how close a bond you have formed with them. You can decide whether you want time alone with the baby, or if you would like the adoptive parents to be there with you. Every detail may be planned ahead of baby’s birth. If you are making your adoption plan from your hospital bed, or you are making arrangements after baby’s birth, that is okay, too. It is never too late to make an adoption plan.
In making an open adoption plan, you can decide on the type of communication you would like to have. Remember, this is YOUR adoption plan. You may choose to connect with the family via FaceTime or Skype, text messages, or email. There are also more traditional ways of communicating with your child’s adoptive family, such as snail mail, phone calls, or in-person visits. Ask yourself what you feel most comfortable with, and what will be best for your baby at this time.
Open adoption is not right for everyone. If you decide you are more comfortable with a closed adoption plan – in which no identifying information is revealed – this is okay, too. You can always open your adoption down the road if you wish. As an open adoption agency serving Wyoming, every hopeful adoptive family at Adoptions With Love agrees to having at least a semi-open adoption plan.
At Adoptions With Love, your adoption counselor can help you negotiate the type of adoption plan you want. Open adoption agreements are written with room for change throughout your child’s upbringing.
The Benefits of Open Adoption
Open adoption has benefits for all people involved in the adoption triad. Many birth parents feel that it gives them peace of mind, knowing how their child is growing and developing over the years. They are able to continue a loving and understanding relationship with their child, and communicate a positive story about why they chose adoption.
Adoptive parents enjoy communicating their love, joy, and pride in their child. They will love to share updates, photos, and memories with you! Open adoption also benefits adoptive families, in that it gives them access to the best resource for information about their child. When questions about their child’s background and family history come up, they can turn to you.
The most important person to benefit from an open adoption, of course, is the child. Open adoption fills the “missing pieces” that some children may face after being adopted. They will know about their biological family and history. This can contribute to a greater sense-of-self and identify, as they grow up having important answers about where they came from and who they are. In open adoption arrangements, children also grow up understanding their adoption story and their birth mother’s choice. Studies show that children who meet their birth mothers in person have the highest level of satisfaction or happiness in their adoption arrangements.
Overall, about 95 percent of children who were adopted (over age 5) have positive feelings about their adoption. They are more likely to be read to, sung to, and told stories every day. They are also more likely to have dinner at the table with their family most nights of the week.
If you are considering open adoption in Wyoming, it can give you peace of mind to know the positive effects that open adoption can have on a child’s life and well-being.
Making an Open Adoption Plan in Wyoming
Adoptions With Love works tirelessly to ensure birth mothers and adoptive families are comfortable with the arranged adoption plan. Since all adoptive families agree to at least a semi-open adoption, the birth mother can express her wishes and steer the way in how she would like this adoption plan to work.
If you are considering placing your child for adoption in Wyoming, you may want to ask yourself what you envision for the adoption long-term. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you wish to have a relationship with your child as he or she grows?
- Do you wish to keep in touch with your child’s adoptive family several times a year? Once a month? Once a year?
- Would you like to see photos of the child and family?
- Do you wish to keep up with the family over the phone? On virtual chats?
- Do you hope to have in-person visits occasionally?
- Are you more comfortable with only contacting the family through your adoption agency, so that no personal information is shared?
Your unique needs matter, and Adoption With Love can help you navigate these choices. Not only will you get the support you need in making the adoption plan, but you will also have ongoing support throughout the years. As an open adoption agency serving Wyoming, Adoptions With Love serves as the mediator, ready to assist as liaison between the birth and adoptive families as needed.
It is important to note that a child’s emotional needs will change over the years. An open adoption plan can evolve and be tweaked to accommodate these changes. When a child grows into an adult, he or she can decide what type of relationship to have with the birth mother. Adoptions With Love is always standing by and ready to help facilitate these changing needs. We have a very active search and reunion program that continues to grow. We are committed to helping birth and adoptive families maintain respectful relationships.
What is Open Adoption in Wyoming Like Today?
Nowadays, most adoptions have some degree of openness. As noted above, every adoptive family at Adoptions With Love agrees to at least a semi-open adoption.
You may not be familiar with open adoption in Wyoming. That is okay. Adoptions With Love can help. Here is one thing to know about modern open adoptions in Wyoming:
There is no right or wrong way to make an adoption plan. Open adoption is whatever makes you – and all involved – feel comfortable, satisfied, and loved. Because it is such a flexible arrangement, your open adoption can be modified as needed. If you ever decide that you would like more or less contact with the adoptive parents, your adoption counselor can help meet your needs.
Before you set your own definition for Wyoming open adoption, you should first ask yourself: What kind of relationship do I want with my child and their adoptive parents?
Start Your Wyoming Open Adoption Today
An open adoption – in any state – is about open and honest communication. Adoptions With Love counsels both birth and adoptive families on the importance of respecting one another by upholding their agreement. If either party loses touch, we can help maintain communication for the first 18 years of a child’s life. We also keep photos and updates on the child’s progress on file, should anyone wish to resume or reunite later.
Does an open adoption in Wyoming sound like the right path for you? If you would like to learn more about Wyoming open adoption, contact Adoptions With Love today. Call us any time of day, any day of the week at 800-722-7731, text us confidentially at 617-777-0072, or contact us online. We are here and ready to help you make an open adoption plan that works best for your individual needs.