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An Adopted Child’s Advantages in a Semi-Open Adoption

Each child’s experience with semi-open adoption will vary.  These variables include the degree of openness, the ability to maintain communication, and the willingness of the adult parties to honor their commitments, to name a few. Advantages that a semi-open adoption may provide to an adopted child may include:

  • Communication with birth families
  • No birth parent/family search
  • The child may know and understand some of the reasons for his adoption.
  • Greater sense of self/ identity
  • The child can answer the fundamental question of “Who am I?”
  • May prevent sense of abandonment
  • Connection with Cultural heritage
  • Available medical history
  • Access to birth records

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