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Pacita's Adoption Story

My name is Pacita I am twenty-five years old and have three children and raising two of them on my own with only little help from my dad. So, imagine my shock when I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child at six months pregnant. I was in disbelief and considered about what I was going to do because I knew I was already struggling to get the things my children needed.

I decided to sit down with my best friend who is my dad and talk about all of my options and often talking to him I started looking into adoption and I decided that was the best for my unborn child so that he wouldn’t have to struggle to get what he needed. The day I had my son was a happy but sad day, because that is the day my adoption flight.

Giving my son up for adoption is and was the hardest decision I have ever had to make but the right one, it is an emotional decision. I know that a piece of me will always feel like it is missing but I know that the decision I made was the right one.

Adoption is a good thing to think about when considering your options especially if you have circumstances beyond your control or etc… Think about what is in the child’s best interest and make sure it is your decision not anyone else’s decision or opinions that made you come to your conclusion, but I feel and know that I made the right decision and choice for my child.



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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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