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Maria's Adoption Story

I found out I was pregnant with my 2nd child two weeks after my son turned 1 year old. I was a single mom and terrified of the situation. I was living from house to house, with friends and family. I had a very hard first few months of my pregnancy; I was even hospitalized a few times. I couldn’t even support the child I had, how could I support a newborn? I was faced with a few options, and adoption was one of them. I wanted to give my baby a great life, one he deserved. When I was about 7 or 8 months along, I decided to contact American Adoptions. I was paired with Kelli Cox, my Adoption Specialist. She supported me and guided me the whole way through. We then set up phone calls to the adoptive family, Tim and Lynne. I fell in love with them from the beginning. I knew they would be wonderful parents for my baby. I was due to give birth on July 14, 2006, but I actually went into labor a week early. I had Thomas on the 8th of July. That night I met Tim and Lynne for the first time. I was sad, but I knew I made a good decision. It has been almost a year since, and I couldn’t be happier for Thomas. He has wonderful parents and family who love him very much. They are family to me, I love them all very much.

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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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