Facing unexpected pregnancy is life-changing. If circumstances leave you unable to raise your baby, adoption may be the right option for you. We’re here to help you figure out the details.
First of all, adoption doesn’t mean that you’re giving up your baby. It means you’re choosing to hand your parental rights over to adoptive parents.
If you decide to have an open adoption, you will be able to choose your baby’s adoptive parents and your level of ongoing contact with your baby and the adoptive family.
And don’t worry about costs. Most adoption agencies provide free care for you during your pregnancy, as the adoptive family often pays for your support and medical costs. If you’re currently unable to support a baby, adoption gives your child a safe, secure, and loving new home.
If you’ve decided that adoption is the right choice for you, it can be difficult knowing where to start. Questions come from every angle. What agency should you work with? What does your future relationship with your child look like? Do you even want a relationship?
All these questions have answers, so don’t worry. Let’s walk through the first two steps together.
STEP 1: Choose Your Future Relationship
What do you want your future relationship with your child to look like? Do you want to be a part of their life? With most adoptions today, the birthmother interacts with the adoptive family. This is called Open Adoption. However, the choice is up to you.