The Adoption Option (Part 2) – Adoption Types

In the first blog, we talked about the different ways you can begin an adoption plan. In this part, we will distinguish those choices further.


Different types of adoption are distinguished by the level of contact between the birth parents, adoptive parents, and the child. As a birth parent, you have considerable control over what adoption type you choose. You’ll choose a type of adoption based on what level of contact you want, what your state allows, and what agency or facilitator you select.


Open adoption.  An open adoption allows for some level of direct contact between birth parents, adoptive parents, and the child. Typically, the birth mom writes an adoption plan for her child which includes choosing the adoptive parents and exchanging letters, pictures, and perhaps visits with her child. The adoptive parents can choose whether or not to accept her plan or negotiate parts of it. Birth parents and adoptive parents can have direct contact before and after the adoption. An open adoption can be handled through an agency or through an independent attorney, depending on state law.


Key outcomes
• greater control over the adoption process
• potential for a role in child’s life
• comfort in knowing about child’s well-being


Semi-open adoption (or “mediated adoption”). A mediated adoption is a variation of open adoption. Prior to placement, the birth parents and pre-adoptive parents exchange mostly non-identifying information. Once the child is placed in the adoptive home, the adopted child may have contact with the birth family that involves pictures, letters, or other types of communications sent through the adoption agency or the attorney who assisted with the placement.
Key outcomes
• some privacy for all parties
• the ability for all parties to have contact
• comfort in knowing about child’s well-being


Closed adoption (“confidential adoption,” “traditional adoption”). A closed adoption allows for no direct contact between birth parents, adoptive parents, and the child. The birth mom (or birth parents) may be given some non-identifying information about the adoptive parents, such as their ages and occupations. Adoptive parents are given information that will help them take care of the child, such as medical or family history. Specific information, including names and addresses, are not revealed to either party. A closed adoption is not as widely used today as it used to be in years past. It can be handled through an agency or through an independent attorney, depending on state law.
Key outcomes
• privacy for all parties
• possible sense of isolation for child, birth parent

Things to think about when considering adoption
• Am I able to give the child the love he needs and deserves? 
• Am I patient enough to deal with the noise, confusion, and the 24-hour-a-day responsibility of having a child? 
• How will I support myself and my child?
• Could I handle a child and a job and/or school while parenting? 
• How would I take care of my child’s health and safety?
• How do I feel about my child being raised in a one-parent household?
• Am I willing to learn about the various types of adoption?
• Do I know any birth moms who have placed? Adoptive families? Adoptees?


Overwhelmed with your choices? That’s totally understandable. We are confident we can help you sort through your different options so YOU make the best decision for YOU. Our team of ladies is waiting for your call so we can partner with you in making the best decision.

Do you need more time to decide? Foster Care as an alternative to abortion

Wow. Your emotions are running everywhere. A couple months ago life was going fine, and now you find yourself pregnant. You may be saying to yourself:

  • “I’m too young to be pregnant”
  • “I have my whole life ahead of me…this is not how I planned my teenage years.”
  • “How will I ever graduate now if I become a parent.”

Don’t worry. We help many girls just like you. We strongly believe in helping you make the best choice for you.

Do you need more time to make a decision? If you’ve already chosen to place for adoption, have you made an adoption plan? Do you need to choose an adoptive family? Do you want to spend time getting to know the prospective adoptive family?

Several of us on staff here at Piedmont Women’s Center have considered fostering, and we know many that have chosen to become foster parents. As you consider the foster care option, give yourself time to investigate it thoroughly and to understand how this affects you and your child. We definitely can help you make the decision of whether foster care is your best option.

Interim Foster Care buys you some time

Interim foster care provides a loving, nurturing short-term home for a newborn infant. It can last as little as a few hours or up to several months. Interim foster care families are skilled at caring for babies. This option offers flexibility while you decide what to do.

Interim foster care provides extra time. 

Birth parents may need more time to decide whether an adoption plan is best. They may wish to make a specific type of adoption plan or choose an adoptive family. Some birth moms find that after birth, they must re-process their decision to parent or to place. A birth mom may simply need more time to get to know the prospective adoptive family and be certain they are the ones to raise her child. Paperwork can be delayed. Foster families can step in to provide interim care in any unforeseen turn of events. 

Things to consider: 

Interim foster care provides a secure environment. 

The birth father or other family member may file for custody or contest an adoption. Interim foster care can provide a loving, secure environment for the baby while court cases are pending.

Things to consider: Is there a potential custody case?


Interim foster care serves as a safeguard for everyone.

With interim foster care, the birth mom doesn’t have the pressure of making or finalizing her decision during her hospital stay. An adoptive family doesn’t have to live in fear of the baby being removed from their home. The baby won’t be moved from place to place.

Things to consider: Are there any elements about your unplanned pregnancy that remain uncertain? 
Still uncertain on what to do? We are glad to help whatever your situation may be. We provide confidential advice from our team of women. Give us a call so we can help you sort through all your options.

The Adoption Option (Part 1) – An Alternative to Abortion

Adoption is a loving option.

Considering adoption does not mean you are selfish or that you are abandoning your child.

Women who choose adoption love their children very much! As you consider the adoption option ask yourself what you want for your child and whether or not you can provide that right now.

You are not alone. We will walk this journey with you and connect you with organizations that can answer your questions and help you make a good plan for your child’s future.

You have a voice. There are several different types of adoption and you can choose which type of adoption you believe would be best for you and your child.

Making an adoption plan is not an easy journey, but being informed and surrounded by loving support means it can be a beautiful journey. Giving your child life and a future is a choice for which you can be proud.”

How it works
Adoptions are arranged in one of two ways: independently or through an agency. Most states allow birth moms a set period of time after delivery to finalize her adoption plan. Laws specifying that amount vary from state to state.

Independent (Private) Adoption. Private adoptions are arranged without an agency. Prospective placing and adopting parents find each other through attorneys, physicians, advertisements, or other facilitators (where legal).

Agency Adoption. Two types of agencies handle adoptions.
Private Agency Adoption. Private agencies are licensed by the state but funded privately. They assist in all types of adoptions and serve prospective placing parents, adopting parents, and children simultaneously.

Public Agency Adoption. Public agencies are licensed by the regional or state government and operate on public funds. They primarily facilitate adoption from foster care.
Approximately 75-80% of adoptions are independent (private or direct), in which the parties locate each other without the assistance of a child-placing agency.

We have many contacts for independent and public adoptions, and can assist you with all the available options you have. The choice is yours, but the best choice may be to reach out to us so we can help.