About Family and Friends

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."

Can (and Should) a Family Member Adopt My Baby After Delivery?

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.

The 16 Most Important People in Your Adoption Plan

When you choose to place your child for adoption, you may wonder who to involve in your adoption process. Here are 16 important people to consider including.

Dealing with Unsupportive Parents and Other Family Members

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.

Are You Being Pressured to Put Your Baby Up for Adoption?

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.

How to Create a Strong Adoption Support System

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.

How to Tell Others About Your Adoption Plan

Every woman’s adoption situation and family dynamics are different, so you must decide for yourself who and who not to tell.

Preparing for How Family Members May React to Your News

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?

Can a Friend or Someone I Already Know Adopt My Baby?

Learn how American Adoptions can provide the services you need to place your baby with a friend, family member, or other waiting adoptive family.

  • The Adoption process: Step by Step

    There are six basic steps of the adoption process - call American Adoptions today at 1-800-ADOPTION to learn more.

  • What if the birth father doesn't agree?

    Learn more about what happens if the birth father is not supportive of adoption.

  • Birth Mother Stories

    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.

  • Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

    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.

  • How much information about the family will be shared with me?

    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.

  • How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

    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.

  • Teen Pregnancy - Information for Young Women

    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.

  • Adoption Glossary

    Do adoption terms and phrases leave you feeling confused? Learn the meaning to key adoption words and phrases with our comprehensive adoption glossary.

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