Many birth parents who choose adoption work with private, licensed adoption agencies. Licensed adoption agencies are approved by the government to work in the area of adoption.
It is the parent or parents’ right to choose the agency they wish to work with. Contacting an agency and going to talk to them does not mean that a decision to place a child for adoption has necessarily been made. Many people choose to obtain information about adoption as part of their decision-making process.
Through a licensed agency, the birth parents have the right to choose the adoptive family by looking at files, meeting the chosen family, and having ongoing contact with the family before and after the placement of the child as agreed to by everyone involved. The agreement for contact following the placement of the child is not considered legally binding; however, it is mentioned in the court documents. Agencies do consider such agreements to be ethically binding and the vast majority of open adoptions work very well for the child, the birth parent(s), and the adoptive parent(s).
The birth parent has ten days after consent is signed to change their mind and revoke their consent with respect to the adoption.
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