Adoption: Is It Right for You?
If you’re unexpectedly pregnant, you’re probably feeling a lot of emotions right now—overwhelmed, worried, confused, or alone. Maybe you’re not ready to be a parent, but abortion isn’t the right option for you. Adoption is often overlooked or misunderstood.
The first thing you need to know is that adoption is a parenting choice. Whether you make an adoption plan or raise your child in your own home, you are a parent. Parenting is all about doing what’s best for your child. Sometimes, placing your baby in an adoptive family is that choice. To find out if it’s an option for you, there are three forms of adoption you should consider:
In this form of adoption, you get to choose the people who will parent your child. You have direct contact with them and can have a relationship with them before, during, and after the placement of your child. You determine how open the adoption is, including phone calls, pictures, updates, and even visits with your child and his or her new family.
Similar to an open adoption, you are able to choose the adoptive parents for your child, but you do not share full identifying information. You will communicate with the family through an adoption agency and may have limited contact with your child after placement—you may receive letters or pictures, but will not have a direct relationship.
Closed or confidential adoption:
This is an option for birthparents who want to be anonymous. You would work with an adoption agency that selects your child’s adoptive parents for you, based on your preferences. The agency will protect your identity through the whole process, including after placement.
We can help you make an informed choice!
Birthparents make adoption plans for many different reasons, but it always comes down to determining whether or not it’s the best choice for you and your baby. It’s important to know that you have time and you are in control. We have trained counselors ready to talk with you about all of your options—make an appointment today and we will help you discover the option that’s best for you.
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