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Bryahnna's Adoption Story

My adoption process was very different then most. I found out that I was pregnant at about 34 weeks. At first my boyfriend and I thought we were going to keep our baby. However we soon realized that we could not support our little girl, or give her the time we wanted for her. So then both of our parents brought up the option of adoption. Adoption had always been talked about in my family because my brother was adopted, and so were my aunts. My boyfriend and I went one the American Adoptions website, and picked out families that we thought we might like for our daughter. We both felt very strongly about one family, which were Chris and Nicole. We then called the agency and were assigned to Laurie Walker who was wonderful through the entire process- She then called Chris and Nicole, and told us how excited they were. We talked on the phone with them, and they were so awesome, we knew they were the ones. We both lived in Florida so we were assigned to Jaima Barnes to finish up the adoption process. She made plans for us to meet on a Wednesday but our little girl did not want to wait. That weekend she was born. Chris and Nicole ended up making it there the day she was born. As soon as we met them, we felt as if we had known them forever. The next two days they were by our sides the entire time. Then Jaima came down the day Faith and I were being discharged, and we signed the papers- It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I miss my little girl everyday, but Chris and Nicole always stay in touch with us. We talk about every week, and they always send pictures. Our adoption process went very well, and I love the two people who are raising 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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