If you’re considering choosing open adoption for your baby, one of the questions you may have is, “Are open adoptions legally enforceable in North Carolina?” For prospective birth mothers who want to ensure continued communication with their baby’s adoptive family after placement, this is a reasonable question.
Unfortunately, like in many states, a postadoption contact agreement cannot be legally binding in North Carolina, even if it’s something that both parties want. In fact, whether or not a postadoption contact agreement is broken later on has no effect on any consent given for the adoption or the validity of the adoption itself.
However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t create a postadoption contact agreement or choose open adoption. The vast majority of adoptive parents who choose adoption do so with the full intention of maintaining agreed-upon postadoption contact — and follow through with it for many years to come.
If you place your child for adoption with A Child’s Hope, we can help you not only create the perfect postadoption contact agreement for both parties involved in your adoption but also mediate your open adoption contact going forward. We will do all we can to make sure that you and your baby’s adoptive family are held accountable for your open adoption commitment.
To begin the process of creating a written postadoption contact agreement with one of our social workers, please give our agency a call our Pregnancy Hotline: (919) 971-4396, or Text: Pregnant to (919) 971-4396, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the answer to “Are open adoptions legally enforceable in North Carolina?” gives you pause and you still have concerns about the inability to legally bind an open adoption agreement, that’s completely understandable. Your adoption counselor can explain to you all of the steps she’ll take to make sure your open adoption is successful, including helping you find a family who has the same contact preferences as you, explaining the open adoption process so each party fully understands what’s expected and following up with you and the adoptive family for as long as needed after the adoption process is completed.
However, you can also personally make sure your open adoption remains successful. Here are a couple steps to take:
Open adoptions will inevitably come with challenges, but it’s important to remember the benefits involved for everyone, especially you and your baby. Remember, most adoptive families are just as excited about open adoption as you are and will always follow through on their promises, whether their open adoption is legally enforceable or not.
To learn more about open adoption through A Child’s Hope, or to start creating a written postadoption contact agreement today, please give us a call or contact us online here.
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