Are you pregnant and thinking about giving baby up for adoption in Oregon? Then you’re likely trying to process an overwhelming number of thoughts and feelings right now. But this is not a decision you have to consider alone.
First, take some time to learn about each of your three pregnancy options in Oregon:
Although American Adoptions only provides services for women who are placing a baby for adoption in Oregon, we understand that adoption is not going to be the right path for every person. No matter what choice is the right one for you, we’re here 24/7 to offer you support and non-judgmental information about your options.
Call us at 1-800-ADOPTION or request free information online to learn more about adoption in Oregon now.
The following four steps will walk you through the adoption process if you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption in Oregon:
Is adoption right for you? At American Adoptions, we feel that adoption in Oregon benefits the most people in an unplanned pregnancy situation, but of course it’s not the right path for everyone.
First, sort through some of the myths you’ve probably heard about adoption. You’ve likely heard damaging phrases, like “giving a baby up for adoption” or “putting a baby up for adoption in Oregon,” that seem to suggest that expectant mothers “give their babies away.” This is not at all what modern adoption in Oregon is actually like.
If you’re pregnant and considering adoption in Oregon, you’ve already proven that you love your baby and that you want him or her to have the best life that you can give them, and for some women, this means placing their baby with a family who is able to provide them with that life.
You may have some questions at this stage of thinking about adoption in Oregon, which might include:
“Is adoption free?”
“Will I ever see my baby again after the adoption?”
“Does the baby’s father have to participate in the adoption?”
You can get answers to all of your questions right now by calling 1-800-ADOPTION.
One of the most important things you should know about giving your baby up for adoption in Oregon is that every decision that’s made in the adoption process is yours to make. This happens through your personal adoption plan.
When you make your adoption plan through American Adoptions, you outline decisions like:
How you want your time in the hospital to go, like who you want to hold your baby and when.
Choosing your baby’s adoptive parents.
How much or how little you’d like to stay in touch with your child and their family after the adoption.
We’re here to talk you through all of your options throughout the Oregon adoption process and to provide you with support during the legal and emotional steps of putting your baby up for adoption in Oregon.
You might have a picture in your head of the kind of family you hope your child will be a part of. Maybe you picture your child having lots of siblings or taking family trips with their adoptive parents. Maybe you picture your child’s parents as being artistic and fun-loving, or maybe you picture them all going to college football games every year, just like you.
For many women who are choosing adoptive parents when they’re giving baby up for adoption in Oregon, they simply know the right family when they see their adoption profile on our website!
You can have as much or as little contact with the prospective adoptive family that you choose as you feel comfortable with, but for most expectant mothers, the process of getting to know the adoptive parents goes something like this:
You’ll talk with your American Adoptions specialist about the kind of family you picture your baby growing up with.
Your adoption specialist will present you with adoption profiles of waiting parents who fit what you’re looking for and who are hoping to meet you.
You’ll first be able to talk to the potential adoptive parents through a conference call.
You can continue to talk with the family throughout your pregnancy, and you can invite them to the hospital for your delivery.
You choose what kind of post-adoption relationship you feel most comfortable having with your child and their family; an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or a more closed adoption. This is your choice.
Remember that when you’re giving baby up for adoption in Oregon, you choose the adoptive family, and you also choose how much post-adoption contact you feel comfortable sharing.
Even though you’re “giving up” a baby in Oregon, you don’t have to feel as if you’ll never see your child and their family again. Ninety percent of birth parents choose to have an open adoption, which means you’ll remain in each other’s lives forever.
Because there’s an open line of direct communication in an open adoption in Oregon, you can stay in touch with your child and their family however you all prefer, including through:
Open adoptions are flexible and tend to naturally grow and change over time. As long as everyone in the adoption feels happy, secure and loved, then that’s all that matters. There is no set way to have an open adoption. You can have as much or as little post-adoption contact as you feel comfortable having.
This also means that it’s ok if you’re not comfortable maintaining direct contact with your child’s adoptive family, and you need more privacy. American Adoptions can mediate contact between birth and adoptive families for up to 18 years after an adoption, if that’s what you choose to do.
Whether you decide to have a more open adoption, or a more closed adoption with less frequent contact, all the choices that come with placing a baby for adoption in Oregon are yours to make.
You can learn more about how to give a baby for adoption in OR when you call 1-800-ADOPTION or request free adoption information online now. It’s free, confidential and there’s no obligation.
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