How Do I Make an Adoption Plan?

Here is a woman with kids wondering how to make an adoption plan

By now, the fact that you are really pregnant is starting to sink in. We understand how difficult this is, but we’re really glad you’re here. You want what’s best for you and your baby. 

Adoption is a tough choice, but you know it may be your best option. Let’s find out.

Beginning the Process

It sounds complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. At A Gift of Hope Adoptions, our coordinators and counselors will guide you through every step. This is an extremely emotional decision and we want to make sure you completely understand the process. 

The only thing we’ll ask of you is your trust. We promise to listen to you and provide you with answers.

Making An Adoption Plan

After you’ve contacted us and decided we’re the agency you’d like to work with, we’ll begin by just talking. We’ll ask why you’re choosing adoption and what would be the best outcome for you and your baby. We will never pressure you into making this decision. 

As the birth mother, you choose the adoption plan you’re most comfortable with. You’re more than welcome to invite someone else such as a family member or friend to discuss the various plans with you. Ultimately, you will be the one to make the final decision though.

Don’t worry if you’re no longer in a relationship with the birth father. Every state has different laws regarding a birth father’s rights. We will know what is required in your area.

As we discuss the various adoption plans, you’ll begin to learn which plan is right for you. One of our first questions will be about the level of involvement you would like with your child in the future.

Closed Adoption Plan

If you decide you want to remain anonymous, you choose a closed adoption plan. Our adoption coordinator will choose the adoptive family for you based on your requests. We’ll take care of all the details. Some women feel remaining anonymous helps them move on with their lives.

Open or Semi-Open Adoption Plan

If you would like to have ongoing contact with the adoptive family and your child, you would make an open or semi-open adoption plan. These plans involve exchanging personal information like full names, addresses, emails, or even phone numbers with the adoptive family you choose.

In an open adoption, you would have direct contact with them. Together, you would arrange meetings and communicate regularly. With a semi-open adoption, you would have contact, but it would be through a third party such as our adoption agency. 

None of these plans are better than the other. You choose based on what’s most comfortable for you and your baby.

Finalizing the Adoption

Once you’ve described the type of family you want to raise your child, our adoption coordinator will show you bios of families that resemble what you’re looking for. Take your time. Finding the perfect family is the most important part of the process. 

Each state has different time requirements for signing the consent to adopt once your baby is born. In Missouri, you are given a minimum of 48 hours after your child’s birth to sign any forms. This allows you time to make sure this is the right decision for you. 

Is Adoption Right For You?

Adoption is a difficult choice. You need a strong support system and counsel before and after your child is born. At A Gift of Hope Adoptions, we’re ready to be the support you need no matter what you choose. We have you and your baby’s best interests in mind and can help you along your adoption journey.

Schedule an Appointment

Contact us today, and let’s talk about whether adoption is the right choice for you. 

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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.”