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Frequently asked questions about privacy in adoption

When going through the adoption process, birth parents can generally decide how much or how little information they wish to provide. If a birth mother chooses a closed adoption, her identity can be kept confidential. Although attitudes surrounding adoption have certainly changed over the last few decades, there are still any number of reasons someone might wish to keep their identity private.

Three things to know about open and semi-open adoptions

An adoption is characterized as open, semi-open, or closed based on the amount of contact between a child’s birth parents and their adoptive parents. In a closed adoption, adoptive parents had no contact whatsoever with birth parents. The child’s adoption records often remained sealed until they were 18.

How LGBTQ adoption laws vary from state to state

In 2015, the Supreme Court held that gay couples had the right to marry in every state. However, laws about other rights for LGBTQ couples vary widely from state to state – adoption laws in particular. Some states have passed legislation to protect adoptive parents from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Others have remained silent on the issue. Still, others have laws that seem to contradict themselves.

What expenses can adoptive parents cover for a birth mother?

Adoption is often a complex process. Not only are there various emotions at play, but practical concerns as well. In many cases, adoptive parents wish to help a birth mother with expenses relating to the pregnancy. Such an arrangement can help birth mothers feel more secure as well as give adoptive parents a chance to be involved before the child is born.

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