A semi-open adoptionoccurs when the potential birth mother or birth families experience non-identifying interaction with the adoptive families. In most cases, interaction is facilitated by a third party which is usually the adoption agency or attorney.

In this type of adoption, the identity of all parties is usually kept from one another. In most cases, interaction is limited to letters or cards. However, in some cases there may be non-identifying e-mails or visits hosted by an adoption professional.

Semi-open adoptions include the exchange of non-identifiable information and contact mediated through agency.

Non-Identifiable Information: May include first names, state or region, temporary email address and more.

Mediated Contact: May include conference calls mediated by a social worker, pictures and letters forwarded from the agency to the birth parents, and interaction at the hospital.