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Someone who has been adopted as a child.
To take into one’s family through legal means and raise as one’s own child.
A written plan made by the birthmother outlining her wishes for the adoption of her child. This plan can include the family she chooses to adopt her child, her wishes for the birth at hospital, and the type and frequency of contact prior to and following the adoption.
Someone who through adoption becomes the legal, permanent parent of a child with all the legal rights and moral responsibilities given to any parent.
A private adoption agency that provides services to both the birthmother and the adoptive family, and facilitates the adoption planning and placement.
The biological father.
The biological mother.
One of the biological parents of a child who is placed for adoption.
An adoption that is confidential with no contact prior to or after placement of a child for adoption.
Information is kept private and not disclosed.
An agency- or attorney-facilitated adoption where the birthmother and adoptive family meet and decide on an adoption plan without having worked with an agency first.
An adoption where information is fully disclosed between birthmother and adoptive family prior to and after placement of the child. Contact may include letters, photos, videos, or personal visits.
Often attorney-facilitated and arranged directly between the parties.
A letter written by the prospective adoptive family that tells you about their lives and the journey that led them to adoption. Includes photos of the couple, their friends and family, and any children they may have. It gives you an idea of what their life is like.
An adoption in which some information is shared, but more limited that a fully open adoption.