An open adoption refers to the predetermined amount of contact which birth mothers and adoptive parents have before and after the adoption. The agreement is based on whatever the birth mothers and adoptive parents are most comfortable with.
As an adoptive parent and adoption professional with more than 20 years of experience, Attorney Ray Godwin will help you move forward successfully with your decision to adopt.
If your goal to build your family includes the possibility of an open adoption, we encourage you to contact our office today.
We Believe in the Miracle of Adoption
We encourage openness throughout the adoption process for several reasons. First, open adoption allows a certain level of communication between the adoptive parents and your child's birth family. Following the child's birth, a birth mother may want to periodically see tangible proof of how the child is faring. We have found that most adoptive parents among our clients are very glad to meet the biological mother and are willing to directly exchange letters and pictures even after their adoption has been finalized in court. This kind of arrangement often serves to ease the fears or insecurities adoptive parents might have about the birth mother.
Second, open adoption allows a birth mother to have a sense of peace that she made the right decision while allowing her to know the status of the baby's health.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, open adoption allows the adopted child to eventually realize the importance of biological roots and that his or her life isn't a "secret" to be kept. He or she will hopefully grow to appreciate a realistic picture of the birth parents and will benefit from having knowledge of their medical history.
Various levels of openness exist in an open adoption plan, from normal phone conversations to letter exchanges once a year. When either party prefers not to exchange contact information, our office often serves as an intermediary by forwarding letters from birth mothers to adoptive couples and vice versa.
Building Families Through Open Adoption
Our office is genuinely concerned with the interests of all parties and works hard to form independent adoption arrangements suited to each family's specific needs. As a client working with Raymond W. Godwin, Attorney at Law, you may choose to provide a birth mother with photos and correspondence that update her on your child's progress.
Whatever your adoption needs, we welcome you to meet Attorney Ray Godwin to discuss your adoption decision today.
If you're considering an open adoption, come to the law office that shares your goals and dreams. Our office has been serving adoptive couples and birth mothers for more than 20 years, completing more than 2,000 adoptions during that time.
Contact us today by phone, fax, or e-mail to arrange your initial consultation with Ray Godwin. We will handle your unique situation with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality.