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THE OPTION OF ADOPTION

Are you pregnant but know you’re not ready to raise a child? If so, adoption could be a good choice for you.

It’s common to feel overwhelmed by the idea of adoption. Adoption making a plan for your child with a caring family to be nurtured and loved.

You may be thinking, “I still don’t know how I could ever place my child for adoption.” At Corbella Clinic, we understand how difficult the decision that you’re facing is.

Yet when you’re fully informed, you can make the best decision for you and your future. We’re committed to empowering you with information about all your pregnancy options, including adoption.

THE THREE TYPES OF ADOPTION

There are three types of adoption: open, semi-open, and closed. As the birth mom, you are the one who decides which type of adoption is right for you, depending on how much contact you desire to have with your child and their birth family in the future.

1. OPEN ADOPTION

Most adoptions are open because of the benefits to birth mothers, their children, and adoptive families. If you want to maintain a high level of ongoing contact between yourself, your child, and the adoptive family over the years, open adoption is a good choice for you. 

Open adoption can include: 

  • Getting to know the adoptive family while you’re still pregnant.
  • Receiving regular letters, photos, and phone calls updating you on your child’s development.
  • Visits with your child.
  • Being a regular part of your child’s life.

2. CLOSED ADOPTION

Closed adoption is the most restrictive in terms of future contact. Only 5% of adoptions are closed, but it may be an option to consider if you desire to maintain your privacy or feel it would be too difficult to have an ongoing relationship with your child or the adoptive family. 

Characteristics of closed adoptions include:

  • The option to choose the adoptive family.
  • No contact with the adoptive family.
  • No exchange of information with the adoptive family.
  • You (birth mom) deciding on the hospital plan.

3. SEMI-OPEN ADOPTION

The level of contact in a semi-open adoption is between an open and closed adoption. A semi-open adoption offers the benefits of an open adoption with less contact. 

In semi-open adoptions, you:

  • Choose the adoptive family.
  • May choose to have contact with the adoptive family during your pregnancy.
  • May choose to meet the adoptive family after giving birth.
  • Receive updates about your child over the years from the adoptive family.

MAKING YOUR ADOPTION DECISION

While making a final decision seems daunting, you don’t have to do it alone. And it’s not a decision you need to make today. In Illinois, an adoption isn’t official until you sign adoption papers – no earlier than 72 hours after giving birth. 

For now, take the first step of educating yourself. Our licensed medical professionals at Corbella Clinic offer a safe and accepting environment to get answers to all of your questions so you can make a sound decision.

We help you explore your life situation, feelings about the pregnancy, fears, and support systems. We’ll also help you review all your pregnancy options. 

RECEIVE THE SUPPORT YOU DESERVE

You are not alone in your pregnancy. Get accurate information and the support you deserve by scheduling a confidential appointment at Corbella Clinic today. Our services offer the clarity you need to move forward.

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You are not alone in your pregnancy. Get accurate information and support from our medical professionals today. Our services offer the clarity you need to move forward.