Adoption has drastically changed over the years – giving moms and dads the final say in many of the decisions around this option. If you are thinking about adoption, you may still have some reservations and questions. That’s very normal and important to consider as you explore your pregnancy options.
No matter what you choose – we are here to give you more clarity about each option so you can make an informed decision for your future.
How Does Adoption Work?
This is a choice that you need to think about carefully, but if you can’t parent, no matter what the reason, adoption may be the right choice for you. Some women do not feel ready to parent and see adoption as an option that benefits everyone involved.
Today the adoption process empowers the birth mother with countless choices. There are an estimated 2 million families waiting each year to adopt. A woman considering this option is able to choose the family, where they live, how many kids in the family, religious background, economic level-whatever is important to her. In most instances, there is no cost to the birth mother. Here are the three types of adoptions to choose from:
1. Open Adoption
This is the most common type of adoption – where you have the most access to your child and your adoptive family.
If you want to know and be known by your child, open adoption could be the right fit for you. With open adoption, you and the adoptive family exchange identifying information such as full names, addresses, and phone numbers. Both parties will agree on the amount of communication and physical contact everyone is comfortable with.
2. Closed Adoption
Maybe you’re in a difficult spot in life and less communication and information is easier for you. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may want a closed adoption. With a closed adoption, there is no contact with the adoptive family or your child. The original birth certificate is sealed as well as all identifying information.
3. Semi-Open Adoption
Maybe you want a mix of open and closed adoption. Semi-open adoption is where you can still know your child and adoptive family, but remain anonymous. You are free to have contact with the family, but it would be handled through a third party, either through an adoption agency or an adoption specialist of your choosing. Normally, the only identifying information shared is your first name.
Is Adoption the Right Choice for Me?
Ultimately the decision is yours, but we are here to help you navigate through the questions and concerns that come up along the way. You know your unique situation best and will know what kind of adoption will best fit your lifestyle.
Schedule a no-cost and confidential options consultation with our team today to learn more about your pregnancy options. You are not alone in your decision.