Adoption is no longer seen as “giving a baby away.” Instead, it is recognized as a way that a mother can make a parenting plan to provide a stable family and future for her baby. As the birthmother, you will have a say in every step of the process.
Why do women choose adoption?
Women choose adoption for their unexpected pregnancies for many reasons, like:
- They are not ready to be mothers yet
- Situations that prevent parenting
- A lack of support
- A desire for a strong 2-parent family for their babies
- Concerns regarding safety and stability of current circumstances
- Opportunity for a stable future for their babies
- Current lifestyle
- Plans for continuing career or education
- Neither parenting nor abortion is an option they would consider
What types of adoption are there?
Most agencies now encourage some type of openness in the adoption process. With an open adoption, the adoption agency supplies the biographies of prospective parents and the birthmother picks the family she is most comfortable with. Not only can you choose your child’s family, you can also communicate directly with them about your child through letters, pictures, and possibly even phone calls or visits. You decide how involved you want to be with the adoptive parents before and after the adoption.
You can choose:
- The family who will adopt your child
- To keep things completely confidential
- To maintain contact in the future
- How things will be handled at the hospital
- To receive assistance with your expenses
Partially Open Adoption
In partially open adoptions, you can choose the type of family your child grows up in. You may choose to learn how your child is doing through pictures or letters the adoption agency or lawyer shares with you. You usually will not know your child’s full name or location.
Confidential (Closed adoption)
An adoption professional will choose the adoptive family for you. You and the family won’t know any details about each other’s identity, but the agency may share medical information that will help the family care for your child. This type of adoption is rare in the United States nowadays where the trend is toward open adoptions.
If you are considering adoption for your unexpected pregnancy, contact us today to learn more about the process and to get connected with an adoption professional.
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