In today’s adoptions, pregnant women are able to make the adoption plans. While planning for adoption, it’s important to ask yourself two crucial questions:
The following guide will show you how to make an adoption plan.
Choosing a professional to assist you in your adoption plans is one of the most important decisions, both for you and your child. It is important that you feel the following about the professional you choose:
At American Adoptions, you’ll be given an Adoption Specialist who will see you through the entire process, beginning to end. Your Specialist will help you create an individualized adoption plan and will be available to you 24/7.
It is very important that you work with an Adoption Specialist who can help you build a good support system. Adoption is a much healthier and happier process when you are able to build an effective support system that stands behind what you feel is best for you and your baby. Building a good support system is not always easy; that's one of the reasons it is so important to have an Adoption Specialist, who can help you decide:
An Adoption Specialist can also make sure you get counseling and support if you have trouble developing a support system.
3. Picking an Adoptive Family
Picking the right family for your baby is very personal. Your Adoption Specialist will help you discover what you’re looking for. Once you find the right adoptive family, you’ll likely feel even more comfortable with your adoption plans. When picking an adoptive family, consider the following:
There’s no science to picking an adoptive family; and many women say they “just knew.” To see the wonderful families waiting to adopt with American Adoptions, browse our Adoptive Family profiles.
4. Receiving Help with Expenses
Many women facing an unplanned pregnancy worry about how they’re going to afford the costs of an adoption. Your adoption professional will be able to help you cover:
Assistance with living expenses varies by state, so it’s important to speak with your Adoption Specialist to discuss your situation and determine what’s available to you. An Adoption Specialist will also be able to recommend other financial resources that are available.
5. Planning the Hospital Stay
The hospital stay is one of the most important parts of your adoption plan. Thinking about the hospital stay in advance will help you focus on the healthy birth of your baby. Here are some of the questions to consider while planning your hospital stay:
Planning the hospital stay during your pregnancy makes the experience much less stressful for you and for the adoptive family.
6. Deciding What Contact You’d Like with the Adoptive Family and Your Child
Nationally, adoption is becoming more and more open. While making an adoption plan, you’ll be able to determine how much contact you’d like with the adoptive family during your pregnancy and after the adoption. Here are some questions to ask yourself about contact with the adoptive family and your child:
At American Adoptions, all adoptive families must be open to sending picture and letter updates to their child’s birth mother through a semi-open adoption. The vast majority of our adoptions are semi-open. Should you decide that you want a close adoption with no contact between you and your child, we will find a family who will respect your wishes. Learn more about open, closed and semi-open adoptions.
Throughout the early stages of the adoption process, you may feel a wide range of emotions. An Adoption Specialist can help prepare you for these feelings and can calm your fears about the adoption process.
To begin making an adoption plan, or to just discuss your options, please call 1-800-ADOPTION or complete the following form for more information.
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