When a child and adoptive parents are matched, it’s an amazing feeling. The connection is life changing for the baby, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents as well. However sometimes getting lost in the euphoria of the situation is the reality that adoptions require significant work for all parties involved.
It’s extremely important that everyone is prepared for what comes next. That’s why having an effective adaption transition plan is essential in preparing the baby, their birth parents and the new adoptive parents for the changes that lay ahead.
Adoption in Texas is a big decision and leading up to the moment when the adoption becomes official, the birth parents and adoptive parents must prepare themselves for their new lives.
An adoption transition plan, which is explained in more detail below, is a defined course of action that will be utilized when a child is transitioning from the birth mother to the adoptive family. It will outline items that will help ensure a successful transition for the child, the birth parents and their forever family.
Adoptive parents will also be going through home checks and training. They will have as much help and support as they need to be ready to open their hearts, lives and homes to their soon to be adopted baby.
Every adoption should be planned, with the transition plan effectively acting as a personalized strategy to ensure the child being placed is supported and helped throughout the entire process. Adoption is life-changing, and this alone should be enough for everyone involved in the process to understand why initial visits to the matched adopted family should be carried out gently and carefully.
A transition plan also highlights care and support that a child may need in order for the adoption to be a success now and in the long term. Seeing as every adoption is different, there is no one-size fits all adoption transition plan. However, what you’ll find outlined below is a great starting point.
Below you will find the steps involved in the planning and facilitating of an adoption:
Different agencies and authorities have varying policies when it comes to the how and why of adoption transition planning. An adoption professional who has a clear policy and process when it comes to creating a transition plan will often have strong adoptions, with the right level of help and support being given to the child and their forever family.
Selecting the right family is an essential step in a successful adoption. This may mean looking for families out of state, especially where the child has specific needs, medical or therapeutic. Matching families and children is an integral part of successful adoptions, and a process that is necessarily detailed and, in some cases, time-consuming.
When adopting a new-born, it is common for birth parents and families to want to get to know the adoptive parents better. And for adopted parents, this is an important part of the transition plan too including planning the hospital stay. For the birth family, it is important they feel in control of the labour and delivery, thus a hospital plan that takes into account their wishes is usually finalized around a month before the due date.
An emotional time, the labour and birth are times that many birth and adoptive parents share. But a clear understanding of how this will occur is important for everyone involved.
After adoption, it is commonplace for birth parents to retain an interest in how their child is growing and developing. Many adoptive parents are willing to facilitate this thus, a post-placement contact plan is devised. However, there are cases where the adoptive parents and birth parents choose to not have contact with the adopted baby.
The process of adoption has evolved greatly over the years and in many ways is much more structured. Pregnant women have a great deal more control over what is best for their baby and for them. Choosing an adoption professional who has your best interests at heart is the first step in starting the adoption plan that you want and need for you and for your baby.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to know more about adoption in Texas, the process and adoption transition planning, contact Adoption Alliance on 1 (800) 626-4324. Alternatively, you can use the contact form to get in touch with us today.