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Erin's Adoption Story

When I first found out I was pregnant, adoption was the last thing on my list. I hated the thought of it. Later on as I was exploring my options, I was talked into just checking it out. I talked to Megan and told her how I felt. A few days later she sent me a package with tons of information and bios of different parents. I thought it was the coolest thing. It was like shopping for parents! Coming to American Adoptions changed my life. It was the best thing I could have done for my baby. My sons' parents are the most wonderful people in the world. I absolutely could not have asked for anything more. The adoption process went exactly as I had hoped it would. American Adoptions was so flexible with me. I wanted an open adoption and that's exactly what I got. My son lives very close to me and I see him a few times a month. We usually go to the park or dinner together. Adoption has been such a positive experience for me and I couldn't have gotten through it without Megan and everyone else at American Adoptions. I would recommend it to anyone.

Erin

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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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