Although many women have faced an unexpected pregnancy before, your experience is uniquely your own. Only you can decide what your future holds. If you think your only option is abortion, we have good news. You have other options!
When you choose to make an adoption plan for your child, you’re creating a lifelong relationship for them and their new family. Legal adoptions transfer all rights and responsibilities from the birth parent(s) to the adoptive family. Although you will always be your child’s mother, you won’t be co-parenting. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be an important part of their daily life.
There are three main types of adoption plans: open, closed, and semi-open. No plan is better than the other. You choose the one that’s right for you.
Open adoption means you and the new family exchange all identifying information such as full names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails. Together, you choose how you wish to communicate with one another. It builds a strong bond between you, the adoptive couple, and your child.
By choosing this plan, you can explain your life’s circumstances at the time of their birth and why you chose adoption for them. Although it may seem confusing, children who know their biological families adjust to life in the same way as other children.
Adoption is still surrounded by myths and misperceptions. Birth mothers worry their adopted child will hate them because they placed them for adoption. Adoptive parents worry the relationship with a birth family will be too confusing. In the end, honesty and trust work to the benefit of everyone.
The reality of adoption
Choosing adoption is not an easy decision. It requires a great deal of strength and commitment, but it’s also one of the most selfless acts you can do. You’re putting your child’s needs before your own. No one can take away the fact that you are a mother.
If you would like to learn more about the process of adoption or receive referrals to reputable adoption agencies, we are here to help you. Your choices for your unexpected pregnancy are all difficult, but we want to offer a listening ear, a little advice, and a shoulder to cry on if necessary.
Set up an appointment with us today. Let’s start the conversation about your future. No one can or should make this decision for you, but we can help. You are writing the next chapter of your life’s story.