When you make an open adoption plan with Lifetime, you’re in the driver’s seat. You have lots of choices, including your baby’s adoptive parents, how things will be handled at the hospital, and how much contact you’d like after the placement. Today, we’re going to give you some quick info on the three major choices with open adoption!
- Select the Adoptive Family for Your Baby
- Plan Your Hospital Stay
This is one of the most important choices with open adoption. We’ll ask you what you’re looking for in parents for your baby. Maybe you’re hoping that they live in a certain area of the country, or maybe you’re looking for a couple who don’t have any children yet. Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime will mail or email you profiles all about the adoptive families that fit what you’re looking for. In the profile booklets, you can see photos and learn about their careers, parenting style, interests, and many other things. If you’d like to look at couples now, you can browse our hopeful adoptive family websites.
Once you pick your favorite adoptive couple, you can interview them over the phone. We encourage you to ask them questions about topics important to you and get to know them better.
You have the choice of how things are handled during your hospital stay for delivery. Here are some things to think about:
- Who is allowed to be at the hospital when you deliver?
- Would you like your baby in the room with you? Would you like your baby to stay in the nursery by the adoptive couple?
- Once it’s time to check out, would you like to leave first, or should the adoptive couple leave first?
- Would you like a copy of the newborn pictures the hospital takes?
Another major one of your choices with open adoption involves how much contact you’ll have after placement. The relationship you have with your child and the adoptive family can run a wide range of options. Some women choose to have a very open adoption and get updates on their child through photos, emails, and visits. Other women are fine with not having visits and get updates on social media instead.
Along with your child’s adoptive parents, you’re able to determine the amount and type of future contact you’d like to keep!