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Lauren's Adoption Story

First off I would like to introduce my self. My name is Lauren and I am a birthmother. My beautiful little girl was born on September 11 2006 at 8:35 in the morning. I first want to share a little about my pregnancy. I found out that I was pregnant about 6 weeks after my 21 birthday. When I found out that I was pregnant I was scared and did not know what to do seeing that I did not have a father for my child I pondered many different options one of which was abortion. I knew I would not be able to live with my self if I did that so after talking to some close friends and family I decided on adoption. Now here came the hard part finding an agency to work with. I was not sure how it worked so I did an extensive search and that’s when I came across American Adoptions. My experience with American Adoptions could not have been my dream come true but it was. The staff at the adoption agency were kind friendly and very knowledgeable. After filling out the paperwork that was sent to me I was contacted by a wonderful adoption specialist Jennifer she was a gift from god above. During the process of my pregnancy and selecting families Jennifer and I came across a couple bumps in the road but she worked through them with me. Due to personal medical problems I could not find a family that wanted my child. Jennifer worked day and night to find me a wonderful family.

I remember the day that I received a call from Jennifer and she said that she had found a family for me and asked me to check out their profile. I did and loved it. At that point I asked Jennifer when I could speak to them we decided on that Thursday. I remember feeling really nervous around the time of the call but as soon as Jennifer introduced me to Mark and Joyce I felt like I had known them for years. They were the most wonderful people. So to make a long story short Mark and Joyce came to see me then they waited around in my home state until my induction date. They were with me the whole time in the hospital. When my daughter was born just how happy they were and watching them with her made me so much more comfortable with my decision. I am a happy and proud birthmother and my message for all other mothers is you are making the most loving and selfless decision that anyone could make and I know how hard it is so I pray that you will find the courage to do just that. Like I said the staff at American Adoptions from the person who answers that initial call to my adoption specialist are wonderful loving and very understanding hope you got a little more insight and just want to let all birth parents know go ahead and do it. And a special message to my daughter’s adoption family, Mark Joyce Heather and Brandon I love you guys dearly thanks for making this easy. I love you all thanks for accepting my little girl.

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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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