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“What does adoption mean to a child?”

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Penny's Adoption Scholarship Story

I decided to place my baby for adoption early on in the pregnancy. However, I did not call the adoption agency until the day before I gave birth. The adoption counselor was absolutely wonderful, and made me feel so completely comfortable. I knew I was not in the position that would be condusive to raising a child, and as awful as it might sound, I did not want to keep it. Knowing full well that the child would be better off with two parents that wanted it, rather than one parent who didn't. The social worker who I dealt with was so kind and supportive. She seemed to really care. She made it easier to deal with the whole situation. I decided that my child deserved what I could not give it, which was two loving parents. Someone who could love and care for it the rest of its life. Thankfully American Adoptions was able to help me, and give my baby a chance for the perfect life. That is something that I, myself, could not give him. I am getting on with life knowing that my child now has the life I could not give it and I am glad that I choose the route that I did. I have big plans for the future which is completing my college education and pursing my career goals. I can go about the plans, knowing that I made the right decision for my baby and myself.

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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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