Choosing to place your child for adoption is a brave and selfless act. But like all of your options for your unexpected pregnancy, adoption planning is hard. The only way to decide if adoption is right for you is to learn as much as possible about the process. We provide free information about the adoption process and referrals to adoption agencies that best meet your needs.
What Is Adoption?
Adoption is the legal, lifelong transfer of parental rights from birth parents (or guardians) to adoptive parents. It is a permanent choice for everyone. Working with a professional adoption specialist or agency will guarantee you follow all adoption laws for your state.
A birth mother (and father, if available) should never have to pay for adoption services. In some cases, you can even receive financial aid for rent, medical expenses, and transportation during your pregnancy.
How Does Adoption Work?
As the birth mother or birth parents, you decide the type of adoption plan that makes you most comfortable. There are three different plans.
- Open adoption means you exchange identifying information with the adoptive couple. You can communicate through letters, texts, phone calls, and potentially personal visits.
- Closed adoption keeps you completely anonymous. There won’t be any further communication once the adoption is finalized.
- Semi-open adoption lets you remain anonymous while still having the ability to contact the family. A third party, like the adoption agency, handles all communication.
Picking The Adoptive Family
The birth mother chooses the adoptive family. Knowing you’ve selected the right family to raise your child gives you comfort and peace of mind. Your adoption specialist will ask you what characteristics are most important to you.
Do you want your child to have immediate siblings? To be raised on a farm? Have a specific religion? You’ll be able to view detailed profiles of potential adoptive families who meet your criteria.
Is Adoption Right For You?
Only you can decide if adoption is the right choice for you and your child. No one should manipulate or force you to make a decision. Schedule a free and confidential appointment with us to talk about this option.