You just found out you’re pregnant and want to place your baby in a caring adoptive family. There are many people looking to adopt a child and raise them in a loving environment. The process may seem challenging so we have laid out some helpful information to assist you along the way.
Put Health First
The first step should be setting up an appointment with your doctor. Ensuring that you and your baby are healthy, especially in the early stages of pregnancy, can have a significant impact on your baby’s development. Your doctor can also provide you with the tools to have an optimal pregnancy and resources to learn about your adoption choices.
Contact An Adoption Professional
You have options when it comes to finding the best adoption situation. An adoption professional can answer all your questions and give you an overview of the adoption placement process. They can also help you decide what type of relationship you would like to have with the adoptive family. Birth mothers have the freedom to choose the amount of contact they are comfortable with. Open, semi-open, and closed relationship types are available to the birth mother.
Your adoption professional will also help you plan out the details of your pregnancy. They will help with your hospital stay and find government programs you are eligible for (if any). Adoption professionals can also provide food, clothing and housing for the duration of your pregnancy to make sure you and your baby are properly supported through the process.
Selecting A Family
As a birth mother, you have the option to choose your baby’s adoptive parents. Your adoption agency will provide you with adoptive parent information so you can select a family that is right for your baby. In-person meetings can be scheduled with the adoptive parents if the birth mother wishes to address any question or concerns.
There are many support options for birth mothers. Placing your baby with an adoptive family can be a stressful process and professionals will be available to help. Your adoption professional will be there to support you through the entire pregnancy and after the pregnancy as well. You will be able to express your thoughts and feelings about the experience with your adoption professional. They can also connect you with other birth mothers who have gone through the same experience to gain support and guidance.
If you are pregnant and considering adoption, Adoption Alliance is here to support you through the process. Licensed adoption professionals are available 24/7 to help you with any of your questions, needs or concerns.
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