Making an adoption plan for your child is another option for your unplanned pregnancy. Many women have chosen to place their children for adoption when circumstances make raising them impossible.
Like your other options, abortion, and parenting, adoption isn’t an easy choice to make. You need to have as much information as possible to make a confident decision.
What Is Adoption?
Adoption is a lifelong family relationship between adoptive parents and an adoptee. It’s not co-parenting. Placing your child for adoption is a permanent and legal transfer of all parental rights from birth parents or legal guardians to adoptive parents.
As the birth mother, you choose who those parents will be.
Types of Adoption Plans
A birth mother (and father, if available) have several adoption choices. You choose a plan based on the contact you wish to have with your child after finalizing the adoption.
No one plan is better than another. Only you will know what plan works best for you.
Open adoption is the most popular plan. A birth mom chooses the family to parent her child. The adoptive family could be someone she’s familiar with or a couple she selects through an agency or another adoption specialist.
Open adoption requires both parties to exchange all identifying information like full names, addresses, and phone numbers. Before finalization, both parties agree on the type and amount of contact they want after the adoption.
This plan is the complete opposite of open adoption. Your identity and the adoptive couples remain entirely private in a closed adoption.
By sealing the original birth certificate, no one receives any identifying information. You remain anonymous.
As the name implies, a semi-open plan allows you to have continued contact with your child and their adoptive family, but only through a third party.
You send letters, emails, etc., to the adoption specialist who coordinated the adoption, and they forward the communication. Likewise, the adoptive family does the same for you.
How We Can Help You
Choosing whether adoption is right for you takes time. It isn’t for everyone, but it is one of your options when faced with a difficult choice in an unplanned pregnancy.
The more you understand about the adoption process, the more confident you will feel about this choice.
Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation at no charge with one of our professional staff members. Asking about adoption doesn’t mean you are committing. Get the information you need to learn if adoption is the right decision for you.