Ensuring the well-being of their children is one reason why parents, including some in Colorado, give up their children for adoption. Until relatively recently, many birth families could not have any contact with their children after they were adopted. Now the norm is entirely different, with more people choosing open adoptions. In fact, one study reported that 95 percent of U.S. adoptions involve some degree of contact or communication between the child and his or her adoptive families and a biological parent.
A case in point may be the story of a 16-year-old mother who admitted she was not ready to be a mother when she got pregnant. Because of her age and limited ability to provide for her son's needs, she made one of the hardest decisions of her life, relinquishing her parental rights and placing her son up for adoption. She chose a couple who had already adopted a child, their first, in order to have a family. The young mother and the couple agreed to an open adoption, believing contact would benefit the child.
The adopting couple's experience with open adoption helped the mother not worry about the adoption and her son. Two years after the couple adopted the child, the birth mother can visit and spend time with him while bonding with the adopted family. Although the birth mother experienced the emotional pain of giving up her child to open adoption, she remains satisfied with her decision.
Most parents in Colorado want to make the right decision when it comes to their children. Unfortunately, not all parents are emotionally or financially prepared for their responsibilities as parents. In such cases, open adoption can be a good option that allows a child to be taken care of by another family who is more than willing to accept that responsibility.
Adoption requires legal proceedings and a significant amount of paperwork. Parents who want to ensure the process goes smoothly can benefit from consulting a Colorado family law attorney.
Source: Huffington Post, "A Teen Mom's Experience In The New World of Modern Adoption (Video)," July 29, 2014