What Do I Need To Know About Adoption?
Often, when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, a woman thinks she’s only got two options, abortion or parenting. Actually, there is a third option. Take a closer look at the possibility of making an adoption plan for your child.
Types of Adoption
It’s nice to know when everything seems out of control, you can have control over this. As the birth mother, you can decide what type of adoption plan you want, who the adoptive family will be, and when the adoption will occur. You choose the plan that is best for you.
There are a couple of general adoption plans. However, they can be combined or changed at any time during the process. No one plan is better than another. In fact, if you wish to remain completely anonymous, you can choose that as well.
No one should ever force or manipulate you to make this decision. Choosing adoption is difficult and can only be done with a great deal of emotional support.
If you decide you want to remain anonymous, you choose a closed adoption plan. Your adoption coordinator will select the adoptive family based on your requests and take care of the details. Some women feel remaining anonymous helps them move on with their lives.
OPEN & SEMI-OPEN ADOPTION
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 the adoption agency or lawyer.
Adoption is the legal process of transferring parental rights from a child’s birth family to an adoptive family. While it’s seldom an “easy” decision for a pregnant woman, it can be a healthy, positive experience for everyone involved.
Because of long-held myths and biases in our culture, adoption is an often overlooked option that deserves more thoughtful consideration. To separate fact from fiction, please contact us with any questions you may have about adoption.
Get as much information as you can. At Charis, we’re ready to be the support you need no matter what you choose. We’ll connect you to local, reputable experts who have you and your baby’s best interests in mind. How can we help you along your adoption journey?
Contact us today, and let’s talk about the adoption process and your other options.