The Difference between Open and Closed Adoptions

An open adoption is when both the biological parents and the adoptive parents agree that the adopted child can find his or her birth parents in the future. A closed adoption is when the birth parents do not wish to have the child find them. For medical purposes in a closed adoption, it is wise to provide some means of access to the biological parents’ health records in case a genetic disorder or organ compatibility situation becomes an issue at some point for the adopted child.