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Kara's Adoption Story

 

Let me tell you about my story. My name is Kara and on November 18th 2005, I gave birth to a beautiful little boy, who would be named Eli. I came to American Adoptions about 6 months into my pregnancy, homeless and afraid, and they immediately helped me by sending me some families to choose from. I picked John and Shanna, because they, like me, were from the south, and i knew my baby would grow up with the same values that I had. The first time I talked to them on the phone we connected, and a few weeks later, they came to a doctors appointment for an ultrasound. Afterwards, we went out to eat and to the mall, where we built a bear for the baby, they took it home and it went right into his crib. Over the following weeks, we became closer and closer, until one day I called them and said, "get ready he's coming." I was induced on November 17th, and was in labor all night long, through the whole thing, they never left my side, always making sure I was okay and that I didn't need anything. On the 18th at around 3:30 I delivered my son, and they were there to hold my legs, count for me and cut the cord. Those next days in the hospital, we only grew closer, talking about our hopes and dreams for our son. It has been two years almost, and I still talk to them occasionally, and I know my son is in the best place possible. I would recommend American Adoptions to anyone who is alone, afraid, or in need of an option. Adoption was the best decision for me. For anyone out there struggling, I wish you the best of luck, and hope you find the courage to make the best decision possible for you.

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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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