Openness refers to the amount of contact and information which birth mothers and adoptive parents are comfortable sharing. A completely open adoption might include the exchange of photographs, letters, phone calls, even occasional visits. A completely confidential/closed adoption is where neither the birth nor the adoptive parents know any identifying information about each other.
Most birth mothers first like to read about prospective adoptive parents, talk with them by telephone and then meet the prospective adoptive parents in person. Some birth mothers want the prospective adoptive parents to visit with them a few times during the pregnancy and even attend some prenatal appointments.
After the baby is born, most birth mothers want to receive photographs and letters on how the baby is doing.
We can tailor an arrangement that suits your needs. All adoptive parents are happy to provide letters and photographs letting you know how the child is doing. For birth mothers who prefer not to receive updates, we can hold any pictures or letters in our file, in case you later change your mind about receiving them.