Adoption is one of the most beautiful and rewarding experiences a family can have. It can bring a sense of joy and fulfillment to both the adoptive family and the birth family.
Open adoption is a type of adoption that involves ongoing communication between the adoptive family and the birth family, and it can be an incredibly beneficial option for many families. The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet helps families in St. Petersburg, FL with different types of adoption, including open adoption. Our team of experienced attorneys and counselors is here to help you through the entire process, from the initial paperwork to the final adoption hearing.
What Is Open Adoption?Open adoption is a type of adoption in which the adoptive family and birth family have ongoing contact with one another. This contact can range from occasional phone calls or emails to regular visits. Open adoption is different from a closed adoption, in which the adoptive family and birth family have no contact with one another.
Benefits of Open AdoptionOpen adoption can provide many benefits for both the adoptive family and the birth family. Here are some of the most common advantages:
- The birth family can remain involved in the child’s life, even after the adoption is finalized.
- The adoptive family can learn more about the child’s medical and family history.
- The child can maintain a connection to their birth family.
- The birth family can have peace of mind knowing that their child is being taken care of.
Requirements for Open Adoption
Open adoption is not right for every family. It is important to consider the potential benefits and challenges of open adoption before making a decision. In Florida, certain requirements must be met for an adoption to be considered open.
According to the Florida Statutes, open adoption agreements must include the following information:
- The amount and frequency of contact between the adoptive family and birth family.
- The type of contact that is allowed, such as phone calls, emails, or visits.
- The information that will be shared between the adoptive family and the birth family.
- The rights and responsibilities of each party.