If you are considering adoption, it is important to have as many family members, friends, co-workers, teachers, pastors and counselors as possible to support you and your decision throughout this process. These people are known as members of your "adoption support system."
While relative adoption may seem ideal on the surface, you may first consider the following factors before placing your child for adoption with a family member.
There is never any reason why you have to put your baby up for adoption, get an abortion, or parent before you are ready — no matter what others may think.
Your adoption plan is always kept confidential. Here’s how to maintain privacy with an anonymous, secret or closed adoption.
Your parents and family cannot prevent you from following through with your adoption plan. Whether you choose to parent or place your child for adoption is a decision that only you are allowed to make.
A strong adoption support system can be crucial during pregnancy and after the adoption. Even just one person who is there for you can make you feel less alone during this time.
Every woman’s adoption situation and family dynamics are different, so you must decide for yourself who and who not to tell.
When most women learn they are pregnant, why is it that one of their first thoughts is the fear of telling their parents and family?
For some families, they would not be able to celebrate Mother’s Day without the biggest sacrifice of all - the one that a birth mother made for their family.
There are seven basic steps of the adoption process - call American Adoptions today at 1-800-ADOPTION to learn more.
Learn more about what happens if the birth father is not supportive of adoption.
Adoption stories from mothers who placed their baby for adoption. Learn more about adoption from the unique perspective of mothers who have lovingly chosen to create an adoption plan.
American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. We work with thousands of women each year facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to women in need. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you 7 days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and the options available to you.
You can share however much or little information about yourself as you feel comfortable sharing. The adoptive family will know your first name, your last name (but only once the child is placed in their care), your medical history and the state that you live in.
This is a question that can only be answered by the individual family. Each family has their own style of how to introduce the adoption to the child. When you are matched with your adoptive family, you can ask this question to them. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it with them for you, just let her know.
While not every woman who chooses adoption is a young mother, many are. Through adoption, many young women have found an ability to give their babies the best life possible, while finding the opportunity to realize their own dreams, as well. Call American Adoptions today at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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