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Mystique's Adoption Scholarship Story

I plan on completing an Associate’s Degree in Spanish, then transferring to a four year university to complete a degree in Education.  With these two degree plans complete, I will have better comprehension in the secondary language of the region I live in, an be in a good position (by teaching) to possibly influence young girls and boys to make better decisions.

In the area I live, teen pregnancy is common and so is child abuse.  The majority of child abuse cases I hear about on the news involve children of teenage mothers. I want to make a difference and help prevent child abuse. I hope to be an advocate of adoption to teen mothers in some small way.

I am a single mother and to this date have received only four months of child support during my daughter’s life.  The course I need to take over the next three to four years will mostly be available during the day. I don’t want to work at night because this will deprive my daughter of our valuable time together. Embarking on this endeavor for a better life will cut into the amount of income I can earn.  I will need financial assistance to make this possible.

Mystique’s Adoption Story
If only more people were open to adoption, this world could be just a little better.  I have always known that adoption would be my “Plan B” in the case of an unexpected pregnancy.  The day came too, when I had to decide on “Plan B.”  I have no regrets as I know it takes more love to give up a child than to keep a child.  Adoptive parents are heroes in my world and what a shame to have heroes lined up and so many children and single mothers or parents who can’t care for their children, yet somehow they don’t always meet up and help one another.  Our welfare system is overloaded with the burden of so many families and in many cases, the pregnancy was unwanted.  Imagine if more birth mothers knew how much better off their child would be in the hands of a couple who can provide for that child everything he or she will need.  Because of my “Plan B” and the team at American Adoptions, the adoption was worry-free for me.  I sleep well at night knowing my son is in the best hands, those of his adoptive parents, a.k.a. my heroes.

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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.

Additional Resources

Teen Pregnancy - Information for Young Women

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