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"A Happy Ending" - How Autumn's Adoption Story Inspired Her to Help Others

Autumn is a brave birth mother who chose adoption to give her baby a life full of love and opportunities. If you feel inspired by her story, contact us today or call 1-800-ADOPTION to get free information about the adoption process. 

After I graduated from high school, I found out I was pregnant. My emotions were running in all directions and I couldn't think clearly. However, I knew I had some important decisions to make.

Abortion would be the easiest, but also the chicken way out. My other option was to go ahead and have the baby, which is what I did. I knew I couldn't support a baby on my own since my boyfriend had already left me. I didn't want my parents to raise the baby because it was my responsibility, not theirs.

I was still young and had so many goals I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to go to school and get an education, and I also wanted the baby to have a father figure and not a broken family. I decided to look into adoption. I contacted American Adoptions and was assigned a great social worker that helped me out with my situation. I was allowed to choose the terms of the adoption and pick the family and meet them before the baby was born. At the hospital, I saw the looks on their faces and the excitement in their eyes and I knew that I wasn't giving her away, I was giving her a family.

This experience has opened many doors for my future, which I was unclear of before this incident. Now I know that I want to help others that are in the position I once was. I plan to graduate college with a degree in Sociology and work for an adoption agency. I want to make lives better for the birth family, the baby, and the adoptive family. Adoption helps turn a bad situation into a happy ending.

Ready to find out what adoption can do for you and your baby? Contact us today at 1-800-ADOPTION to get free information and support. 

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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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