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Katie T.'s Adoption Story

On September 17, 2007 I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in Overland Park, KS. I was 21 at the tine and I was struggling in every way imaginable and couldn't bare the thought of not being able to give my child the love and needs he deserves. I wanted to get back in college, get a good job, and raise him the way I had been loved and taken care of. I couldn't ask for anymore help than I already had with friends, family, ect. They had already done enough. It was the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life, but I've always know it was the right decision. I was able to weigh the pro's and con's of my situation and came to the conclusion that was best for me and my baby. I had been seeing the OB for awhile and that question finally came up. What were my plans? I was very firm with my decision and I told her I was looking into adoption. To my amazement she didn't look down upon me at all she actually suggested American Adoptions. She gave me all kinds of paperwork that I immediately filled out. It wasn't to long before I was receiving information about my adoption specialist and further explanations of the process. My specialist was very wonderful and helpful. She gave me many different brochures of different family's that were ready to adopt. Then came the hard part; picking out the family. There was something about this family. I just knew they were the right one. Just reading there brochure made me feel like I had know them my whole life which made the process become more easier than I expected. I wanted my baby to have a mother and a father that gave unconditional love and support no mater what. Its like a light bulb went off in my bead and I knew they were the ones. The many months of the kicking, the swollen feet, and the never ending appetite it was finally time to come to an end and have the baby. I was set up to have a C-Section due to some medical reasons but I was excited and ready, finally he was here. He was a tiny little thing with piercing blue eyes and a full set of hair. He was beautiful. We stayed in the hospital for three or four days, awaiting the arrival of the adopted parents. Eager to see there baby boy, they came in loving and hugging on me and my family. They were simply amazing and I knew I was doing a very heartless thing for them, which made me feel all kinds of greatness inside. They handed me this little bag, inside of it was a locket necklace that they had bought me and put my baby's little finger print inside for me to keep and always remember him. I swore that I was not going to cry but that really hit home for me. It was hard going home without him. My decision was final. Being that I am adopted myself made the grieving process a lot easier. My mother had told me the stories of how she got me and how God blessed her with such selfless people and I knew from that moment that making the decision to give up my child was one of my greatest accomplishments. That is what I wanted for my child because I knew that I could not offer him the chance for a good life at that point in my life. Since then the adoption process has been great. I had an open adoption, and the family sends monthly pictures of him for a year. They shoot off emails once a week, and give me updates on him. They are a very wonderful couple and now a very happy Family. I am proud to have given them the gift of life they always wanted.

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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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