Birth parents may provide input about the kind of family they would like for their child. We give careful consideration to the values, lifestyle, education, cultural heritage and other characteristics that are important to birth parents when choosing a child’s adoptive parents.
There has recently been a move to create more openness between adoptive and birth families. The degree of openness a child needs, a birth parent wants, or an adopting family can accept, is carefully examined early in the adoption process. In some cases, a photo or letter from the birth parents may accompany an adopted child. In other cases, children and their adoptive families may send and receive yearly non-identifying updates, which are exchanged through the adoption agency.