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Christina's Adoption Story

I was in a relationship, and the father started to change after we became engaged and we eventually grew apart.  Just when I started to move on with my liffe, I found out that I was pregnant.  So, I called my ex and told him.  He didn't believe me and was saying that is wasn't his baby, although it was.  In the early stages of my pregnancy, I found out I was going to have twins and knew that I wasn't ready for that.  Then something happened to one of the twins and the doctor said that I was only going to have one.  I thought about keeping the baby and moving back home, but I wanted a father figure for my child and knew that wouldn't happen so I finally made the decision to adopt him out.  I contacted American Adoptions, and they were very helpful in helping me find a family for my baby. 

Throughout the pregnancy, Floyd and Carol, the adoptive family I chose, were there to support me.  My mom was also there to support me.  I made the decision to do this because I felt in my heart that this was the right thing to do and knew I could make someone else have a wonderful gift from God, the same way that I was to my mom, a precious gift.

The day came that I had to have the C-Section...  My mom was in the operating room with me and stayed with me after I left the hospital.  The adoptive parents were waiting and I knew they were so excited.  I was excited myself, to be able to give them this gift of love.  The baby was in the hospital for three weeks, and the day came when they could finally take him home.  I was very happy for them, although I know I will miss him with all my heart and hope one day he will understand why I did this.  This has been the hardest decision of my life, but I know I made the right one.

Update from Christina: All I can say for my story is that I've always loved helping people and to help out in this way from the gift from God that I was able to share. I don't regret it and love the one I was able to help. I'm here to help others and share my love. No matter how things turn out, I know at the end I'm happy with my decision. And I hope the same for others. We all just need to know from our hearts what to do, not what others what you to do. I made the choices in my life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

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

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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