In an open adoption, the birth parents and the adoptive parents know each other's identities. The birth parents are able to select the family that will raise the child. Open adoptions allow birth parents to give the child a family that they themselves could not provide. Often there is direct contact between them and sometimes ongoing contact after the child has been adopted. Some experts believe that this is an emotionally healthy option for all involved. The adoptive child doesn't have to wonder about the birth parents, and it may be easier to contact blood relatives if medical issues arise. Open adoption is viewed as a great way to honor the importance of family preservation. However, like with any adoption, the birth parent's parental rights are terminated even if a relationship with the child continues. The adoptive parents become the child's mother and father.