Are you considering adoption?
One of the options for your unplanned pregnancy is making an adoption plan for your child. Adoption can be one of the hardest things to do, but sometimes the hardest thing and the best thing, are the same. To make a confident decision, we want to give you as much information about the adoption process.
Why would I choose adoption?
Women from all walks of life have chosen adoption over the years. You might consider making an adoption plan because:
- You aren’t sure you want an abortion, but you know you’re not ready to be a parent.
- You want your child to be raised in a two-parent family.
- You’re not in a place to provide your child with emotional and financial stability.
More than anything, remember, you will always be a part of your child’s life story. No one can take away the fact that you are a mother.
Where do you begin?
To begin with, you need to find a reputable adoption attorney, agency, or another adoption specialist to work with. Our trained consultants can help you through the process. We provide free information about the adoption process and referrals to adoption agencies that best meet your needs. You should never be asked to pay any money for anyone’s adoption services.
Which adoption plan is right for you?
As the expectant mother, you make all the decisions about the adoption. When considering adoption plans, think about how much access you want to the adoptive family and your child. The amount of interaction determines the type of plan you choose.
Open Adoption Plan
Open adoption is the most common plan today. It gives both the birth mother and the adoptive family open access to one another. You exchange identifying information such as full names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. You can communicate freely, set up visits, and build a relationship with everyone. It helps women to know they’ve made the right decision.
Closed Adoption Plan
The birth mother and the adoptive family remain completely anonymous with a closed adoption plan. After the adoption is finalized, the child’s original birth certificate is sealed to protect your full name and any other identifying information. Some women feel this plan helps them move on with their lives. It can also be necessary if there’s concern about the safety of your child due to a toxic relationship.
Semi-open Adoption Plan
A semi-open adoption plan is somewhere in between the first two. You have the ability to contact the adoptive family and your child, but all communication is done through the adoption specialist you’ve chosen.
Choosing your adoptive family
In order to adopt, couples go through a difficult process of background and criminal checks, filling out questionnaires, providing photos, and having a home study to make sure they’re prepared to receive a child.
You’ll talk with your adoption specialist about the type of family you’re looking for. Be specific. What religion, hobbies, or education level would you like them to have? Once they understand your priorities, you’ll be able to look through portfolios of potential adoptive families to find a match.
Is adoption right for you?
Only you know your situation and what’s best for you and the future of your child. No one would ever say choosing adoption is easy. It’s a tough decision because you care deeply for your child. It is an amazing act of love and sacrifice.
There’s so much more to learn about this option. Take your time and get as much information as possible. We want to help you make a confident decision. Together, we can discuss all of your pregnancy options.
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