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Jessica's Adoption Story

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was frightened. I cried until I could cry no more. What was I going to do? How could I raise a child at this point in my life? My boyfriend and I were not emotionally ready to start a family. We loved each other very much and would shower that love on our child, but in the end, however, love would not be enough to give him the life he deserved. Abortion was something I could never go through with and adoption felt like betrayal.

After some research, we found American Adoptions' website. There were so many couples eager to start a family. We decided to get in contact with someone at American Adoptions and they opened my eyes to the future I could give my child. Each step was very difficult with this precious life forming inside me and it was important for us to find the right family. We looked through packets of couple's profiles and soon found the perfect couple, Brian and Jennifer. They had a big family with relatives close by and their values were what we wanted our child to grow up with.

Soon after we had phone calls with the soon to be parents and learned even more that we liked about the couple. We could hear the joy in their voices when talking about starting a family. When they held Ian Joseph in their hands for the first time, I can not explain the love I saw in their eyes and the happiness I felt knowing that these people were the ones that would give him a fulfilling and happy life. We receive pictures and letters often. It is really amazing to watch him grow and see how happy he is in the family we chose for him. This little miracle has changed Brian and Jennifer's lives forever as well as mine. For that I am eternally grateful.

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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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