Domestic Adoption is an adoption in the United States of, in most cases, an infant. There are three different kinds of Domestic Adoption; Open, Semi-Open or Closed. You can also do this privately (with just an adoption attorney if you happen to know a birth mother already) or in most cases you will go through an agency that will match you with a birth mother.
An open adoption is an adoption where you have a relationship with and know the birth-mother and if available the birth-father as well. The “open-ness” of your relationship is defined by all of you, not dictated by the birth-parents alone. Semi-open varies as well, usually you will know the first names of the birth-parents and vise versa, but usually not have any kind of relationship beyond that. Open and Semi-open adoptions really vary with each adoption, no two adoptions look alike. I’ve heard of birth parents going to their adopted child’s birthday parties, to the adoptive family having no contact with the birth parents other than letters and/or pictures sent once a year to the agency where they then forward on the mail to the birth parents, it just all depends on what you are comfortable with.
In a nutshell, without going into super detail, that’s what domestic adoption is. On the “references” page on our website I list two books we read that were extremely helpful in describing adoption, and it goes into anything and everything you could possibly need to know about adoption, so I would suggest that if you are wanting to know more. Research research research, gather as much information as you possibly can, that’s the best advice I can give you!