How Do I Make an Adoption Plan?

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Choosing to make an adoption plan seems scary. There are many unknowns at first, but you’ve come to the right place to learn more. By selecting A Gift of Hope Adoptions, you receive individualized support and care to create the perfect adoption plan for you and your child. 

From choosing the type of adoption and the potential adoptive parents to receiving long-term care after, we will be right by your side. And making an adoption plan for your child costs you nothing.

Where do I Start?

To make an adoption plan, you need to feel confident the agency you’ve chosen has your best interests at heart. It’s essential to select an adoption coordinator who listens to you, understands your unique situation, and can help you determine if adoption is the right answer for you and your child.

Your first meeting with a Gift of Hope Adoptions coordinator will be to learn more about you. We’ll ask questions like, “Why are you considering adoption?” and “What do you know about adoption?” It’s a time for you to ask questions, too. 

We will never coerce or pressure you to make a decision. You are free to change your mind throughout the process until after signing legal documents, which, in Missouri, can only happen after your baby is at least 48 hours old. 

Do I Select the Adoptive Family?

Yes, you have total control over who will raise your child. Making an adoption plan is your chance to shape their future. Do you want them raised on a farm or in a big city? Should they be the oldest or have immediate siblings? You choose based on what’s important to you.

A Gift of Hope Adoptions is licensed in Missouri, but we have access to potential adoptive couples nationwide. We can match you with the perfect couple who has completed all requirements for adoption.

Will I Have Contact With My Child and Their Family?

You choose the type of adoption you are most comfortable with. Today, 90 – 95% of adoptions are open or semi-open. These allow you to have ongoing contact with your child and their adoptive family. 

If you are adopting in Missouri, you can craft a legally enforceable open adoption contact agreement. The Child Welfare Information Gateway outlines the requirements for each state, and we will make sure you understand your rights as a birth parent.

If you prefer to have no further contact, you can select a closed or confidential adoption. The choice is entirely up to you. 

Do I Get Paid for Making an Adoption Plan?

It is illegal for anyone to pay a person to adopt their child. However, the potential adoptive parents can pay some of your pregnancy-related expenses. For instance, they may be able to pay your medical and legal costs.

Every woman’s situation is unique. Therefore, the assistance you receive is determined on an individual basis.

How Can A Gift of Hope Adoptions Help Me?

Adoption is more than a one-and-done experience. It is a decision that impacts you, your child, and the adoptive family for a lifetime. We provide long-term care, resources, and referrals to support your journey.

Let us help you decide if making an adoption plan is right for you. We’ll be happy to answer your questions about the adoption process, your rights as a birth mother, and choosing the potential adoptive parents. 

Fill out our confidential online contact form or call our helpline at 1-888-564-HOPE (4673).

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Elizabeth and A Gift of Hope have been a touchstone during our adoption process. Having had issues with a previous agency – Elizabeth was a breath of fresh air! Reassuring, supportive and empathetic. We are so in love with our daughter and thank A Gift of Hope everyday for her!

AGOHA is a great agency that has provided amazing support and guidance though the adoption process. Would highly recommend AGOHA!

Our family has used their services for adoption. It’s wonderful dealing with someone who is looking out for the whole child, not just placing kids.

A Gift of Hope Adoptions is a Godsend for so many expectant young mothers. I completely recommend this organization for anyone interested in providing a wonderful life for their soon-to-be baby. This organization is also a Godsend for those of us who cannot have our own biological children.

I have recommended A Gift of Hope Adoptions to several mother’s considering adoptions for their babies. They have been so happy to feel supported and empowered through their decision.
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“We adopted both of our sons through A Gift of Hope Adoptions. They helped us every step of the way and answered all the questions we had, and we had a lot! We would not be where we are today, with two busy boys in our family, if it wasn’t for A Gift of Hope.”

“We decided to use A Gift of Hope Adoptions because they are very personal and caring. The wait and uncertainty of adoption seemed daunting, but A Gift of Hope helped make the process go smoothly, and we couldn’t be happier with our beautiful child.”