An open adoption is one in which the birth parent and adoptive family have some type of contact either before or after the adoption. At Carolina Adoption Services, an open domestic adoption varies based on what works for both our adoptive parents and the wishes of the birth parent. This is not a one size fits all and the level of openness should be one that best matches the futures for both families. At our agency, around 75% of the adoptive families and birth families have selected some defined level of openness. For some families, this may be pictures only. For others, meetings are arranged and supervised by the agency staff, and there are some that later in the adoption orchestrate meetings independently of our agency. The key is to define what works best for the combination of families, and this will continually evolve over time. For some families the level of connectedness will increase; for others, birth families begin to feel assured of the care of their birth child and reduce their engagement. There is no correct formula for openness in adoption, however, our agency strongly supports open knowledge of the adoption and history of the birth family for the healthiest possible future for the child and journey of life with the adoptive parents.