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.
Openness between adoptive and birth family members is a common occurrence in many adoptions. 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. In other adoptions, children maintain some level of direct contact with birth family members which may include visits throughout the year
If you are considering adopting through your local CAS, you should consider that maintaining a level of openness with a child’s birth family will be discussed with you when considering available children. While you are considering adoption, this may be a good time to learn more about openness and the importance of maintaining meaningful and beneficial relationships for children after adoption.