Nightlight maintains five Domestic Adoption Programs in California, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado and South Carolina. The information presented below is general and applies to all programs. For the specific details of each program, please download the program information packets on the main Domestic Adoption page.

Open adoption: how does it work?

Open adoption encompasses a broad spectrum of contact between the birth and adoptive family. The Child Welfare Information Gateway, lists articles on open adoption that we suggest you read as you pray about what level of openness you are comfortable with.

You may wish to look into adoption support groups or speak with families who had open adoptions. Many families are apprehensive when considering open adoption and become more comfortable as they become educated about what it means to your child and your family.

Open vs. closed adoptions: The Nightlight Philosophy…

Nightlight will only complete open adoptions. We believe it is the healthiest situation for all members of the adoption triad (i.e., birthparents, adoptee, and adoptive parents).

We are open to creating a dialog and educating families who are apprehensive about open adoption. If you feel strongly that you would like to have a closed adoption, you may want to work with another agency.

Why choose open adoption?

Open adoption comforts and encourages the birthparent with the knowledge of her child’s well-being. It provides answers for your child, minimizing their loss of relationships and celebrates the child’s connections with all the important people in his or her life.

Open adoption empowers you as you raise your child, providing knowledge about your child’s birth family and their family medical history. During the home study, you will learn the positive aspects of open adoption and your social worker will discuss the contact arrangement comfortable with.

It is very important that you be honest and open with your social worker about the type of relationship you envision with your child’s birthparents. If you have any additional questions that were not addressed, please send us a message using our contact form or give us a call.

Keep in mind that international adoptions, and adoptions from foster care are almost always “closed.”

Open Adoption Resources