Choosing adoption doesn’t mean that you have to give up all contact with your baby.
There are three types of adoptions available that will determine how much access you have to the baby. Open adoption is often a top choice for birth parents that would still like some form of contact with the adopted child. This form of adoption allows open communication within the adoption triad and provides ample benefits for everyone involved.
Keep reading to learn more about open adoption visitation rights and how Texas Adoption Center can help you come to an agreement.
What is Open Adoption?
Before we discuss open adoption visitation rights, let’s first review what open adoption is. Open adoption is the option provided for birth parents interested in maintaining contact with the adoptive parents and child.
In an open adoption, the birth parents are given the option to choose the adoptive family. Together, the birth and adoptive parents determine how they would like to proceed with contact. In some cases, birth parents may arrange to visit the child from time to time. In others, birth parents may contact the child through letters, emails, and phone calls.
As a birth parent, you may be wondering if there are any actual open adoption visitation rights you have. We’ll cover this information in the next section.
Open Adoption Visitation Rights
When placing your baby for adoption, you’ll want to have a full understanding of your rights. While some of these rights may vary depending on your state, birth parent rights are relatively consistent across the U.S. when it comes to open adoption visitation rights.
Regardless of the type of adoption you choose, birth parents must terminate their parental rights to finalize the adoption. Once this occurs and is approved by the court, birth parents no longer have rights to the child. This means that any visitations or contact must be approved by the adoptive parents from that point forward.
However, if you have any concerns about the level of communication that will occur between yourself and the adoptive family, there is one method you can use to discuss the level of contact to be maintained. A visitation agreement may be formed prior to the finalization of the adoption. However, both parties must work together to create and consent to this agreement.
Start Your Search with Texas Adoption Center
Placing your child for adoption can feel overwhelming, and that’s completely understandable. It’s a major life decision, but you are not alone. The adoption specialists at Texas Adoption Center are here to help you through the process.
By working with Texas Adoption Center, birth parents can find a family that matches their expectations. When entering into the adoption process, adoptive parents will provide information regarding the type of adoption they’d prefer and the level of communication they are willing to agree to. From there, your adoption specialist can help you sort through the waiting families and find one that feels right for your child.
Contact our team today to get started with the adoption process and find your child a forever home!