Types of adoption in Texas

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2023 | Family Law

When you pursue adoption in Texas, you have several options to choose from. The type of adoption you choose will influence your child’s relationship with their birth parents, so it requires careful consideration.

The more you understand about the types of adoption available in Texas, the easier it is to choose the right one for your family.

The transparency of open adoption

Open adoptions provide an opportunity for the adoptive family and the birth family to maintain contact. Both parties receive contact information for direct interaction, including visits, phone calls and the exchange of letters or emails. This creates an environment where the child gets to build a relationship with both parents.

The privacy of a closed adoption

Sometimes privacy takes priority over building a relationship. In those cases, a closed adoption may offer the best solution. This process secures the personal information of both the adoptive and birth parents so that neither party receives any details. The adoption is typically facilitated through a third party in these cases, which is usually an adoption agency.

The balance of a semi-open adoption

Semi-open adoption provides a balance between the complete transparency of open adoption and the information lockdown of closed adoption. In this process, both parents rely on intermediaries for communication. In many instances, parents send information through the adoption agency. This helps to preserve some level of confidentiality without sacrificing valuable information exchange.

More than 95,000 adoptions happened in the United States in 2020. Each of those adoption journeys was unique, as is yours. Consider the type of situation that works best for your family and your goals.