Adoption Option supports open adoption and endorses James Gritter's belief:
“We should not ask who does this child belong to, but who belongs to this child."
– James Gritter
Expectant parents come to Adoption Option, Inc. and select the prospective adoptive family for their baby. The selection process typically includes reviewing the waiting families’ profiles and home studies and by meeting the family with whom they are most interested. Most often the actual family selection takes place early in the birth mother’s last trimester. Individual counseling and a support group is available to the birth parents throughout their pregnancy and into their post-placement. Prior to committing to a placement, the prospective adoptive family is given a birth parent family history and medical report. Adoptions may be open (the birth parent’s role is like that of an extended family member or close friend, getting together regularly with the adoptive family and child throughout the years) or semi-open (the expectant parents and adoptive family meet during the pregnancy and exchange letters, pictures, etc. throughout the years) depending on the expectant/birth parents’ and adoptive parents’ desires.
Adoptive families and expectant parents find one another through their own resources. These adoptions often include inter-family placements or the adoption of a friend’s baby. Individual counseling and support groups are the same as in agency adoptions. Expectant parent family and medical history reports and adoptive parent home studies are also completed in private adoptions.