Are you considering putting a baby up for adoption but don’t fully understand how the adoption process works?
If so, the following information will walk you through the process of placing a child for adoption with American Adoptions, and will provide you with some valuable supporting articles within each step of the adoption process.
Step 1 – Considering Adoption: Is Adoption Right for You and Your Child?
Many women facing an unplanned pregnancy are unsure if they are ready to parent. Every woman’s situation is different, and only you know the right decision – not the father of the baby, your parents, your sister, or your best friend.
A woman may put her baby up for adoption to provide him or her with:
Regardless of your reasons for considering adoption, you will want to fully educate yourself about the process of placing a child for adoption before committing to an adoption plan.
Step 2 – Sorting Through Your Emotions and Answering Your Adoption Questions
Very few women in your position feel 100 percent confident about choosing either parenting or adoption. For those women who decide adoption is best for their babies, this uncertainty begins to fade away as they begin to learn more about the adoption process, and later, get to know the adoptive family.
You likely have many questions about adoption. By calling 1-800-ADOPTION, we can help answer any of your adoption questions, which may include:
And remember, calling 1-800-ADOPTION is completely confidential and there is absolutely no obligation of creating an adoption plan. We are here to help educate you about adoption, and only if and when you are ready will we take the next step.
Step 3 – How American Adoptions Can Help
No other agency is as passionate about adoption than American Adoptions, and it starts with our founder Scott Mars, who was adopted. Our agency staff has grown to include other adoptees, adoptive families and birth parents, who all have the same collective passion for creating families.
Because we literally “live” adoption, these personal experiences provide us with a better understanding of what each woman considering adoption is experiencing and expecting throughout the adoption process. This has allowed us to offer the following adoption services important to prospective birth parents, many of which are unique to our agency.
Step 4 – Creating an Adoption Plan
At American Adoptions, your Adoption Specialist will work with you in creating your own personalized adoption plan, which includes the type of adoptive family you want to place with, the amount of contact you want with the family and your child, and how you want the hospital visit to play out, just to name a few. Remember, this is YOUR adoption plan, and you are in control of each step of the adoption process.
Step 5 – Finding an Adoptive Family
American Adoptions' hundreds of waiting adoptive families promises that you will find a family that perfectly matches your adoption plan.
When you are ready to select an adoptive family, you will be sent packets of or links to adoptive family profiles and adoptive family video profiles of families who best match your adoption plan.
Step 6 – Getting to Know the Adoptive Family
Over the past few decades, adoption has become increasingly “open,” in that birth parents have more opportunities than ever to get to know the adoptive family prior to placement, helping you feel more comfortable with your selection.
If you are interested in getting to know the adoptive family, the following are the most common forms of contact:
Step 7 – Preparing for the Hospital Stay
Your hospital plan is much like your adoption plan in that you have full control over the hospital stay. Your Adoption Specialist will help guide you in creating your hospital plan and understanding what to expect while at the hospital.
Once your baby is born, you usually must wait 48-72 hours before you can sign the adoption paperwork.
Step 8 – Sharing Post-Placement Contact
Post-placement contact can be as much or as little as you want; again, it all comes down to your adoption plan.
The most common form of post-placement contact is pictures and letters: Over 90 percent of our adoptions involve the adoptive family periodically sending pictures and letters of the child to the birth mother.
Other forms of contact include e-mails, phone calls and even future visits. There is always a family out there who wants the same adoption relationship that you are seeking.
If you have any questions about the adoption process, please call an Adoption Specialist at 1-800-ADOPTION or request free adoption information from American Adoptions. In no way does contacting us commit you to an adoption plan; it simply allows us to help provide you some information to help you make a decision in you and your child’s best interest.
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