In most cases, birth parents choose to share identifying information with the adoptive family. The adoptive parents and birth parents meet and form an ongoing direct relationship without the need for third party intermediary. They build a relationship with one another to continue and have involvement throughout the child's life. The type and frequency of contact is mutually agreed upon by the birth parents and adoptive parents with the best interest of the child being primary consideration. In open adoptions, the birth parents and adoptive parents typically begin to build a relationship prior to the child being born. The relationship has been likened to that of distant relatives.
Through the adoption process, the birth parent will be given the opportunity to make a detailed adoption plan which best meets their individual needs. LSS offers a wide range of options within each adoption plan. There are many different levels of contact.
Other birth parents and adoptive parents have communication through a third party intermediary, usually an agency. Letters and pictures are exchanged and they may have limited on-going supervised contact. They may or may not exchange identifying information.
Some birth parents and adoptive parents do not meet or exchange identifying information with one another. The records and information are kept confidential at the request of the birth parents.
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