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Katie's Adoption Story

For me, abortion was never an option. Even before I became pregnant, subconsciously, I knew I would consider adoption if the issue ever came up under bad circumstances. So, apparently, when the issue actually did come up I considered all of my options and my motives.

My number one most important concern was not about me or even what I wanted, it was my baby girl developing inside me. I had to make sure that my precious little girl was going to have everything she needed to mature into a healthy, successful, intelligent beautiful woman. Therefore I had to face reality and choose adoption so my child could be loved and well taken care of. I love my baby girl so much I would die for her. Honestly I believe my baby saved my life from a lot of unnecessary pain and misery and eventually death; so in return I chose to give her life and opportunity for a great life.

It was so hard to finally make that decision to give up my baby. It was even harder to actually give her away especially after being able to finally hold her. But I know in my heart I made the right decision and I can live knowing that my little girl is loved and taken care of and that hopefully one day in the future I will have the chance to meet and have a relationship with my daughter.

Thanks to American Adoptions for being so helpful and providing the opportunity for girls like me to move forward in life with a scholarship award. I am able to continue following my dreams to become an Interior Designer and have my own business, then eventually settle down and have a family of my own. For all of you girls that are in a similar predicament don't ever settle for less, do what is best for your child, make something of yourself, and don't ever give up. Everything seems to happen for a reason and eventually things work out just right.

Keep Smiling.

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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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