Did you know you have options for your unexpected pregnancy? Deciding what to do about your pregnancy is a big decision, and it’s good to have choices.
Adoption is one choice you may not have thought about. Choosing adoption could be right for you if:
- You’re not ready to be a parent
- Abortion isn’t an option for you
- Your current relationship or living situation isn’t safe for a child
- You want to provide a financially and emotionally stable environment
What Is Adoption?
Adoption is the legal process where a child’s birth mother (and father, if possible) transfer their parental rights to an adoptive family. Once the adoption is finalized, the child legally becomes a member of the adoptive family.
It’s not an easy decision to make, but sometimes the hard decisions in life turn out to be the best decisions you’ve ever made.
Making An Adoption Plan
Even the adoption process itself has different choices. They’re divided into plans based on how much contact you want to have later.
A plan means you’ve thought about it in detail and you’re confident about the choice you’ve made. As the birth mother, you have control of the process. You choose the adoption plan that’s right for you.
Plan 1: Open Adoption
Currently, 60% to 70% of adoptions are open. Birth mothers choose this plan because they want to meet the family they’ve selected before their child is born.
Afterward, they build a relationship with the adoptive family by exchanging identifying information like full names, addresses, and phone numbers.
With this plan, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your child is safe. Plus, your child has the opportunity to ask questions and learn about you and your family.
Plan 2: Closed Adoption
If you would rather not have contact with the adoptive family, you would choose a closed adoption. With this plan, the adoption agency would choose a family based on your preferences.
No identifying information is shared, and you would have no further contact with your child. Some women feel this is the best way to move on with their lives.
Plan 3: Semi-Open Adoption
This plan lets you have contact with the adoptive family and your child since all emails or letters go through the adoption agency. It’s more private than an open adoption because you don’t share any identifying information.
How We Can Help You
At A Gift of Hope Adoptions, we can answer all of your adoption questions. By contacting us, you’re not committing. We understand this is a difficult decision and you need as much information as possible.
Our agency provides counseling before you choose a plan. We’ll walk with you through the entire process and provide counselors and support after the adoption is finalized.
Let’s set up a time to chat. There’s a phone line set up just for you (888-564-HOPE), or contact us online.
We want to get to know you so we can both figure out if adoption is right for you. If you’d like to see some of our waiting adoptive families, read about them on our website.