Making an adoption plan, like your other options, is challenging. Talk with us about this loving choice.
Have You Considered Adoption?
Placing your child for adoption is loving and difficult all at the same time. Choosing to make an adoption plan puts the needs of your child first. With proper support, it can be the most courageous decision you ever make.
What Is Adoption?
Once placed, the child becomes a permanent and legal member of your chosen adoptive family, with full rights to inheritance and a lifetime family relationship. No legal or binding decision can be made before the birth of your baby.
Why Would I Choose Adoption?
There are many reasons women choose to make an adoption plan for their child. Maybe they feel too young or too old to parent, are not in a stable relationship, or are already caring for other children.
Whatever your reason, placing a child for adoption is a perfectly valid parenting choice. It allows you to be a mom without the day-to-day responsibilities if you are not ready to be a parent.
What Are The Types Of Adoption?
There are three main types of adoption: open, closed, and semi-open. The amount of communication you wish to have with your child determines which plan you choose.
With open adoption, you choose the potential adoptive family that will raise your child. You and the adoptive family exchange identifying information such as full names, phone numbers, and addresses. You have the opportunity to meet the family you choose even before your child is born and to be a part of your child’s life as they grow up. Women find comfort in seeing their adopted child happy, healthy, and loved.
In previous years, closed adoption was the only plan available. Today, you have choices, but if you wish to remain anonymous, choose this plan. With a closed adoption, the adoption coordinator you choose selects the adoptive family. No identifying information is shared, and the courts seal the original birth certificate. Some women feel it is easier to move on with their lives with a closed adoption.
A semi-open plan offers privacy while providing information about your child and their adoptive family. You still select the potential adoptive family, but no identifying information is exchanged except first names. You can correspond with one another, but your adoption coordinator or agency handles the transfer of all communication. You can always change to an open adoption later if you both agree.
Where Do I Begin?
Your first step is choosing an agency or other adoption specialist to assist you. Although we are not an adoption agency, we can refer you to a qualified one that will support you through the entire process.
During your pregnancy, you may need financial assistance. Often, states allow the potential adoptive parents to pay for adoption-related expenses such as rent, food, clothing, and medical bills.
Please call us to set up an appointment to explore the option of making an adoption plan further.