When you adopt a child through closed adoption, you will not have any information about the parents of the infant your are adopting. You will not be so sure about yourself if you were adopted and you don’t know anything about where you came from.
Adoptive children who have no idea who their real parents are will have some kind of void within them that makes it difficult for them to feel grounded to the present. If a child starts questioning his own origin, then he will being to feel uneasy with his present family and home.
However, if a child is given information on who his birth parents are, then when he grows up he will be able to make healthy decisions on where he wants to go because he has a sense of self-identity. There is also less guilt for the birth parents realizing that they were able to help the child have a good life which they could not have provided. In reality, ancestry is not necessarily need for self actualization.
On-going access to information is one of the benefits of open domestic adoption. Access to information regarding answers to why they were given up instead of giving the child psychological trauma from wondering with incomplete information will be answered with an ease of access to the source.
In closed adoption, adoptive parents tend to be distrustful of the birth parents because they are unable to properly know or understand the people that they are. This secrecy and lack of communication creates negative feelings about the birth family and the fear that they may try to contact the child and shatter the protective layer the adoptive parents have built so carefully.
In open adoption, it is also possible to build a healthy relationship with the birth parents and so there will be less chances of feeling undue insecurity on the child and the adoptive parents. An open adoption is beneficial since there is nothing to hide so there will be no slip ups or revelation of shocking adoption information.
Unforeseen medical emergencies arise where there is an immediate need for compatible organ or blood donors. In these moments, you will be thankful that you have prompt access to people who share the same DNA. Sometimes the difference between life and death lies in the availability of information regarding health issues or the family medical history.
A child will develop personal familial security that leads to high levels of self confidence if they know that they were not really abandoned but loved enough to have been allowed to grow up in a better home.
if you know that you have two sets of parents to love and who love you, then you have the greatest benefit of all.