If you are considering placing your baby for adoption, know that today’s adoptions are very much like taking a road trip.
You are in the driver’s seat, choosing which roads to take, who is in the car with you and how fast to get there, and you even have the ability to get out of the vehicle whenever you wish.
Choosing Which Roads to Take – The adoption process is a series of winding roads and intersections, which you will navigate to arrive at your desired destination. This includes deciding whether adoption is right for you and your baby, which type of adoption professional you want to work with, what type of relationship you want to have with the adoptive family before and after the adoption, what the hospital stay might look like, and many more decisions along the way.
Choosing Who is In the Car with You – There are spots for three different types of people in your vehicle:
Backseat – The adoptive parent(s) you choose sits in the backseat, while you always remain behind the wheel, choosing which roads will lead you both toward your destinations. And remember, during this long trip, it is a great time for you to talk and get to know one another better.
Front-Seat Passenger – Your vehicle is specially designed to have as many front-seat passengers as you want who will support you during this process. These people may include your parents, grandparents, aunt or uncle, sister, best friend, the father of the baby or anyone else who is supportive of you and your adoption decision. They don’t have access to the steering wheel, but they can help you successfully find your way to your destination.
GPS – Your Adoption Specialist serves as the GPS of your vehicle. She is available to you 24/7 to help navigate you throughout your journey. If you ever feel like you are off course, want to slow down, or want to turn around completely, your Adoption Specialist is always just a phone call away.
Choosing How Fast to Get There – The speed at which you arrive at each step of the adoption process is up to you. Obviously, your pregnancy is always going to last around nine months; however, that doesn’t necessarily mean the adoption process has to. You may choose to pursue adoption as soon as you find out you are pregnant, after you give birth, or any time in between. You may take weeks or even months searching for an adoptive family, or you may select one after your first day of searching.
Choosing to Get Out of the Car – Remember, this is your adoption plan, which means you can change your mind at any time. If you decide the adoptive family you’ve chosen isn’t quite whom you had hoped, you can always select another one. If you decide later that you want more or less contact with the adoptive family, you may change that as well. And if you decide you would rather parent your baby instead of go through with the adoption, that is up to you as well.
Keeping You Safe – Our primary goal is to make sure you arrive at your destination safely. Our adoption attorneys and staff serve as the mechanics of your vehicle, making sure everything is running properly for each road and intersection of the adoption process.
On the long road to adoption, there are many twists and turns and many routes to choose from. With you at the wheel, only you decide where the process goes. Everyone else is just along for the ride.
To learn more about how you are in the driver’s seat, contact American Adoptions today at 1-800-ADOPTION or click the following to receive free adoption information.
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