Openness in adoption means creating and maintaining a relationship between birth parents and their adoptive families. It is important to understand its meaning and how it can work for all members of the adoption triad (the child, the birth parents, and the adoptive family).
Counseling begins the moment you contact us. We are ready to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to discuss adoption, we then walk you through the process of choosing an adoptive family for your child. This journey to finding a family is accompanied by counseling services provided to birth parents and adoptive families throughout the process. By understanding all of the options available to you, you are able to make an informed decision and identify what is important in an adoptive family. You will have the chance to read adoptive family profiles created by the waiting parents.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Service (PCHAS) adoption specialists listen to your wishes, concerns and needs. You, as a maternity client, are our priority, first and foremost. Once you have found an adoptive family you would like to meet, you will have the opportunity to get to know them with a “match meeting” facilitated by a maternity and adoption specialist. Your maternity and adoption specialist will also be present to mediate this exciting occasion. This initial contact allows the birth parents and adoptive families to begin exploring the type of open adoption they would like to pursue.
While we are ready and prepared to help you understand the benefits of open adoption, we invite birth parents and adoptive families to read about the subject to learn more. We also enjoy this heartfelt story about a birth mother and her adoptive family, originally featured in the Houston Press. Read it here.