Have you thought about making an adoption plan?
Choosing adoption is a hard decision, but so is choosing to have an abortion or be a full-time parent. This is a big step in your life and you owe it to yourself to get all of the information you can on every option. Now’s the time to take a closer look at the adoption option.
What Is Adoption?
The process of making an adoption plan is very different today than it was before. Today, the expectant mother (or birth mother if you have already given birth) is in full control. She is the one to decide who the adoptive family will be, what type of environment she wants her child to grow up in, and how much contact she wants after the child is placed with the adoptive family. Adoption is the legal termination from a birth mother of the rights and responsibilities of a child. A birth mother voluntarily gives another family the legal authority to establish a new parent-child relationship. It isn’t co-parenting, and in most cases, it’s considered permanent.
How Do You Make An Adoption Plan?
As you begin planning for the adoption of your child, you’ll want to find a reputable adoption agency or specialist first. It’s important to find someone you feel you can trust. The agency or specialist should talk to you about your state’s adoption laws, the rules for birth fathers, the different types of adoption plans, and the type of family you would like your child to be raised in. They should also connect you with support groups and counseling. No reputable agency should ever ask you for money. Their services should be completely free for you.
Types of Adoption Plans
There are three basic plans to look at. The most popular is open adoption. With this plan, you and the adoptive family exchange full names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails. You can communicate freely with one another allowing you to be a part of your child’s life and their family’s life. Closed adoption means no identifying information is exchanged. You may know each other by first names, but that’s all. All adoption records are sealed to keep your identity private. As a result, you won’t have any further contact. There is another plan called semi-open adoption. This plan is in between the other two. You exchange first names, but no other information is shared. You contact one another through a third party such as your adoption agency or specialist. No matter which plan you choose, you will always be a part of your child’s story.
Is Adoption Right For You?
It’s hard to consider adoption, and only you know if it’s right to bring a child into your current situation. Sometimes the hardest decisions we have to make, turn out to be the best decision we’ve ever made. Are any of these a reason why you might want to consider adoption?
- You don’t want an abortion but aren’t ready to be a parent.
- You’d like your child to be raised by a 2-parent family.
- Providing your child with emotional and financial stability is really important.
- You want to finish school or continue a career.
Here Are Three Adoption Agencies We Recommend:
Adoption Support Center
Call or Text 317.255.5916
Gateway Woods Family Services
LifeTime Adoption Agency
Call or Text 1.800.923.6784
Call us today to schedule a no-cost consultation. Don’t walk this path alone.