What do you Know About Adoption?
Adoption is more mainstream today than it’s been before. You most likely know someone who’s adopted a child, is adopted themselves, or placed a child for adoption. Celebrities like Simon Biles, Faith Hill, Jamie Foxx, and even Marilyn Monroe were all adopted.
Today, the expectant mother or birth mother decides who will adopt their child. Carrying to term is the healthiest choice for a woman and making an adoption plan also provides for the baby.
Making an adoption plan doesn’t mean you’ll no longer be a mother. You will always be a part of your child’s story as their first mother. Take a closer look at this option.
You can structure your adoption plan however it’s best for you. Today, the majority of adoptions are open. This means you and the adoptive family exchange identifying information such as full names, addresses, and phone numbers. You both agree to regular communication and if possible, meeting one another.
Open Adoption gives you the chance to be a part of your child’s life from the very beginning. As you watch them grow, you’ll have the reassurance you made the right decision for both of you. Your child will always know you chose adoption out of love and sacrifice.
For some women, it’s more comfortable to remain anonymous. They would rather not enter into a relationship with the adoptive family or their child. For some, it might be easier to move on with their lives.
It is perfectly acceptable to choose a closed adoption. No identifying information is exchanged and the original birth certificate is sealed.
It’s also possible to create a unique plan somewhere in between an open and closed adoption. You decide what’s right for you.
Making Your Adoption Decision
You may have heard the phrase “given up for adoption.” A loving mother does not “give up” up her child. She chooses instead to make a plan for her child’s future and her own. To make a plan, you need an adoption agency or specialist you can trust. We’ll be happy to give you referrals.
Contact them and ask about their process and the support and counseling they’ll offer you before, during, and after the placement of your child. See if the adoption option is best for you.