What is an Open Adoption in New York? | What to Know

In today’s day and age, open domestic adoptions are increasingly popular, as an open adoption allows a child’s biological parents to remain a part of their life, as well as in contact with the child’s adoptive parents. This collaborative approach is often best for adopted children’s development. Read on to learn more about open adoption in New York.

Benefits of open adoption:

There are numerous benefits when it comes to open adoption. For example, the child won’t have to struggle with feeling “unwanted” or “unloved” by his or her birth parents, since he or she will have an understanding of why the adoption occurred. This will also give the child a wider support system. He or she can connect with siblings, cousins, grandparents, and more. This also leads to an increased sense of community and collaboration for the adoptive parents. Open adoption is also beneficial when it comes to any health issues. It is easier to access the adoptee’s family’s medical history if you are in communication with them. Another benefit is that he or she will have a deeper understanding of where he comes from, what his culture involves, etc.  Lastly, it can give your child a strong sense of identity. Keeping your child restricted from his birth family can lead to increased feelings of displacement, often leading to that child pursuing communication once they are of age anyway.

What is a closed adoption?

Some parents worry that an open adoption will be confusing for a child and opt for a closed adoption. A closed adoption means the child’s birth records will be sealed and he or she will not have access to his birth parents’ information or any contact with them.

Adoption is a beautiful thing, but it can be complicated. As a result, it is important to fully understand all of your options and to prepare for the journey ahead. One of the best ways to do this is by speaking with an experienced family law attorney. Our firm is here to address any questions or concerns you may have and help you through the process.

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The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC understands the harsh implications of relocation can have on a child and his or her parents. When you have a contested relocation matter, it is important to have an experienced attorney to represent you in court. If you are faced with a relocation matter in Rockland County, contact The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC today to schedule a consultation.