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“What does adoption mean to a child?”

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Jenny's Adoption Experience

I have lived a relatively meaningful life. Things were good, but shortly after I had started dating my boyfriend at the time I learned the most horrible news: my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

This sent my world in a downward spiral. I have always had a great family with a tremendous support system, with my mom as the anchor. It put a great deal of pressure on the relationship that I was in. About a year later my mom passed. Despite trying to work things out it ended on a pretty bad note with my boyfriend also. I found out shortly after that I was pregnant and that the father wanted nothing to do with me or the baby, leaving me to make all of the difficult decisions. I knew that somehow I needed to provide my baby with things I wasn’t sure I could. So I did the only thing I knew to do - I prayed.

Not long after that I came across a website that caught my eye, convincing me that I could give my baby the life she deserved through adoption. I decided to do further research of this American Adoptions agency that was located out of state. From the first call I placed to them, they have been so supportive with each and every detail. They have been committed to being so understanding with every emotion and feeling that raced through my body, mind, and heart. I can never thank them enough.

As if that wasn’t enough, I found this amazing couple that could have only been chosen by God himself. From the moment I met this couple, I knew that I was making the right choice. Even though it was the right choice, it was the hardest decision I have ever had to make, but through the grace of God and this amazing couple we have all found a new sense of hope. This has been a blissful journey for all of us. I know in my heart that this little miracle is where she truly belongs.

 

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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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