An open adoption means you will be the one who chooses the adopting parents for your child which is very different from the traditional adoptions where the agency determined who would raise your child. You will participate fully in your adoption plan. You will get to know the adoptive parents, their values and attitudes to determine what kind of people they are and the life your child will share with them. You decide what kind of contact you want in the future, be it pictures, letters, visits with the family.