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The differences between open and closed domestic adoptions

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2019 | domestic adoption

Adoption is a unique legal process that not all family law attorneys handle. For families that are hoping to grow through the process, it is important that they work with Charlotte attorneys who are committed to supporting their clients’ individual adoption goals. This post will address one small aspect of the domestic adoption process regarding the differences between open and closed adoptions, but readers are encouraged to speak to their own attorneys about their adoption needs.

A closed adoption is one in which a child’s birth family and adoptive family have no contact. The birth parents and prospective adoptive parents never meet and never learn of each other’s identities. Records regarding the adoption of a child through a closed process may be sealed and later in life it may be difficult for a child to learn about their birth family if their adoption was carried out in this way.

Closed adoptions are relatively rare now. In fact, most domestic adoptions are open, which means that birth parents and adoptive parents may meet and interact before and after the child is born. Open adoptions allow children to maintain relationships with the parents who brought them into the world while at the same time become a part of their adoptive parents’ family. There are advantages and disadvantages to both open and closed adoptions that readers can go over with their attorneys.

A domestic adoption can be a lengthy process, and the legal requirements for completing one can be cumbersome. Depending upon the path that a family takes to add a child to their household, they may be subjected to different forms of review to ensure that a child in their care will be taken care of. Legal representatives can prepare their clients for how best to approach this rewarding legal process.