Houston Open Adoption Attorneys
If you are interested in pursuing an open adoption, contact the attorneys at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler for assistance. Open adoptions are an increasingly popular option in the United States, but that does not mean they are easy to pursue. The adoption process requires filling out and filing paperwork, completing home studies and interviews, and spending huge amounts of time and money. While this is an exciting time, and the start of something new, adoption can also be a stressful, and confusing process.
A Houston open adoption lawyer can help ensure that your adoption process goes smoothly. Holmes, Diggs & Sadler is assisting with family formation in Houston. To learn more about how we can help you with your open adoption process, contact us today at (713) 802-1777.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Hiring a lawyer is the best way to receive guidance and crucial legal counsel during the adoption process. Not only will a lawyer keep you organized and ensure that your paperwork contains no inconsistencies or errors, but they will also help you make one of the most important decisions of the adoption process: deciding what form of adoption is right for you. That is one of many questions come up during the adoption process, and many more questions will be specific to your case. For that reason, it is imperative that you hire a legal professional to be sure that your questions get answered, and the timeline to welcome a new family member into your home is as short as possible.
Why Choose Holmes, Diggs & Sadler?
Our team of experienced attorneys at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler lead with professionalism and compassion. We understand the ins and outs of the adoption process, and are prepared and eager to help you open a new chapter of life. In fact, we have two board-certified family law experts on our staff, a rare qualificaiton. We will give your case the acute attention it deserves, and make your pathway to adoption our priority. Our goal is to streamline the adoption process, and in doing so, minimize the stress and confusion that comes with the legal side of adoption. Each attorney at our firm devotes time, hard work, and resources to ensure that your adoption experience is the best it can possibly be. It is this dedication to our clients that has allowed us to win numerous awards, including an AV-Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and a 10.0 Superb rating with Avvo.
What Do I Need to Know About Open Adoptions?
Open adoptions are becoming more and more popular across the United States. The distinctive feature of an open adoption is the open communication between the birth mother and adoptive family. This communication can increase or decrease as the process of adoption progresses, and the adoptive family decides what they are comfortable with.
Typically, after a birth mother is connected with an adoptive family, meetings and discussions begin. These meetings are either face-to-face or on the phone, and the identities of both the adoptive family and the birth mother are known to the other. The birth mother sometimes participates in the “home visit.” The home visit decides whether or not the prospective adoptive family’s home is a safe environment for a child. Usually, after the child has been welcomed into their new home, communication drops off as both the birth mother and the adoptive family adjust to their new chapter of life. Eventually, typically around a major holiday or the child’s first birthday, communication begins again and the birth mother will visit the child.
The relationship between the adopted child and the birth mother grows naturally after an open adoption. The amount of communication between the two parties can be adjusted according to comfort and individual choices of the adoptive family and the adopted child.
What Are the Benefits of Open Adoption?
There are several benefits of open adoption that contribute to its increasing popularity as an adoption method in the United States. The following are a few reasons why open adoption may be right for you:
- Relationship Development – Because open adoption allows for communication between the birth mother and the adoptive family, a relationship can form between the two parties. This may be especially important to the adopted child as they grow up.
- Medical Information – If the birth mother later develops or discovers a health condition linked to genetics, she can inform the adoptive family of this information. This would be nearly impossible in a closed adoption.
- Control – Frequently in an open adoption, birth mothers and adoptive parents feel that the direct communication lends them more control over the adoptive process.
If these benefits seem attractive to you, open adoption could be the right choice for your family.
Are There Drawbacks to Open Adoption?
There are a few drawbacks to open adoption, including:
- Unstable Relationships – Many choose open adoption for the potential to develop relationships; however, the nature of the relationship is not always stable. It can be difficult to define what role the birth mother should play in the child’s life after the adoption has been completed in an open adoption.
- The Feeling of Co-Parenting – Adoption is never co-parenting. But, sometimes the communication and visitation of the birth mother can lead to fear of uncomfortable parenting dynamics developing.
- Lack of Closure – When the lines of communication are left open after the adoption is complete, it can be hard for either party to truly feel like a new chapter of their lives has begun.
If these drawbacks are concerning to you, speak to a lawyer from Holmes, Diggs & Sadler about your other options to see if there is a different form of adoption that might work better for you.
If you are considering an open adoption, contact the Houston adoption lawyers from Holmes, Diggs & Sadler at (713) 802-1777 today. We will guide you every step on the path to adoption, and make sure your experience with adoption is seamless.