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Kariane's Adoption Story

I spent months thinking about going through with the adoption process. I talked to many different agencies and social workers, all which gave me more and more to think about. Through it all I kept reminding myself that I was making the choice for my child. Would he be happy and content with me raising him as a single mom? Sure, because he wouldn’t know how it would be to have both a mom and dad raise him. But would I feel that I had done everything I could for him? No, I wouldn’t. I knew as soon as I found out that I was pregnant that I wanted to provide my baby with the best family, the best toys, the best clothes, the best everything. I also knew right away that I wasn’t able to do all of this. Not without giving up other things, such as quality time. I would have to work full time and leave him with babysitters all the time, because I didn’t have family who could take care of a baby. Putting my baby up for adoption was the best way I could give him everything I wanted for him. I don't feel that I actually gave him up. I feel that I have given him more. He now has two mommies and a daddy that love him with all their hearts. I am comforted by the knowledge that he will grow up knowing this.

Kariane

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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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