The true history of the adopted child’s birth parents is not revealed in closed adoption. 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.
If a child knows where he came from, he will be better equipped at making healthy decisions about where he wishes to go because he has a better understanding and 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. The truth is that self actualization has really nothing to do with ancestry.
With open domestic adoption, there is on-going access to information. 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.
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. An open adoption is beneficial since there is nothing to hide so there will be no slip ups or revelation of shocking adoption information.
Open adoption is beneficial for unforeseen medical emergencies where there is a immediate need for compatible organs or blood donors. Access to people with the same DNA would come in very handy in these moments. Information regarding health issues or familial medical history being readily available is what may be the difference between life and death.
When children know that they were not abandoned, just loved enough to have been carefully chosen a better home for, they are definitely more likely to develop a concrete sense of personal familial security that leads to high levels of self confidence.
if you know that you have two sets of parents to love and who love you, then you have the greatest benefit of all.