If I Put My Child Up for Adoption, Can I See Him Later?

A lot of parents are fearful of putting their children up for adoption because they are under the assumption that if their child is adopted then they will no longer have any contact or link to the
child. Even if you aren’t in a situation to raise your baby, it is still difficult to let go of the child and then to bear the lifelong thought that your child is alive somewhere and you have no idea
how the child is doing.

Open Adoption
Some adoptive parents are not comfortable with biological parents having direct contact with the child. However, in open adoptions, you can not only see but also interact with the child.
How much access and insight you will have into the child’s life will vary. Sometimes, where the adoptive parents are comfortable with the child knowing about their biological parents, you
may even visit your child from time to time. Sometimes the adopting parents feel more comfortable sending updates about the child with photos and/or video by email.

Getting Started with Open Adoptions
The open adoption process is very similar to a semi-open or a closed adoption case. The only difference is that adoptive parents and biological parents agree that there will be some lines of
communication between the child and his or her biological parents. Cradle of Hope can help you find adoptive parents who will be comfortable with an open adoption. You can review
Parent Profiles, with photos and background information on families waiting to adopt, and you can select which family would be the best fit for your child. You can communicate directly with
the adoptive family and discuss what they want their future relationship to look like and how they will manage the communication.

Communication Options
Both open adoptions and semi-open adoptions give you the chance to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in your child’s life post-adoption. In semi-open adoptions, addresses and
phone numbers may not be shared with the parents, but Cradle of Hope will facilitate communication. You will know how your child is doing and what is happening in his life. In
open adoptions, there is more communication and you might even talk to the child or the adoptive parents directly through phone calls, texts, emails, video calls, and other mediums of
communication that are agreed upon together. In some open adoptions, you can visit with the child in person.

An open adoption is a great way for all parties to the adoption to stay in touch. If you choose an open adoption plan, you will have not only communication but a solid, lifelong relationship
with the child and his adoptive parents.