The true history of the adopted child’s birth parents is not revealed in closed adoption. When they grow up, these children that were on closed adoption process will develop a sense of incomplete identity.
These children who are not sure of their historical past do not really feel grounded in the present. Sometimes this thought of where you came from eats up adopted children and they will start feeling uneasy with the home and family that has adopted them.
A child of open adoption with have a greater sense of self-identity, and will be better equipped in making decision for himself on where he wants to go. The birth parents, knowing who adopted their child, will also have less guilt especially if they see that the child has a good life. In reality, ancestry is not necessarily need for self actualization.
On-going access to information is one of the benefits of open domestic adoption. Because there is access of information, a child will actually find out why he was given out for adoption instead of being haunted with from wondering with incomplete information.
Because of lack of understanding about the birth parents, adoptive parents will tend to be distrustful of them, in closed adoption. Because of the secrecy and lack of communication, adoptive parents will tend to be afraid that the birth parents will try to contact their child and shatter whatever protection they have build so carefully.
Insecurity will be lessened on the part of the child and the parents in open adoptions since they will be able to cultivate a healthy relationship with the birth parents. There will be no fear of slip ups or shocking information about the adoption if everything is in the open.
If there is open adoption and the child is brought in for medical emergencies, the birth parents can be a source of compatible organs or as blood donors. If you have prompt access to people who share the same DNA, it can come in very handy in such moments. Information regarding health issues or familial medical history being readily available is what may be the difference between life and death.
Security and high levels of self confidence can be developed in a child in an open adoption since he will know the reasons why he was given away and that is to make him enjoy a good life which his birth parents cannot give him.
It is such a great benefit to have two sets of parents that love you and that you can love.