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Christine's Adoption Story

My fiancé and I had out first son in 2011. He is the love of our lives. Around his 1-year birthday, we were discussing permanent child prevention strategies and decided my fiancé would get a vesectomy.

One month after we made the final decision, but before he had the procedure, we found out I was pregnant. Somehow the conversation led to adoption, something I never thought I would do. A few days later, after looking over many potential adoptive couples, we found the perfect couple through American Adoptions.

Ruben and Emilie were so sweet and real. They weren’t putting on a fake image for the sake of being chosen. We were thrilled and something about them screamed “this is the family.” 

We were told that our state doesn't work with the state that the family lives in. We were devastated. Then we moved to Arizona. Once we moved we were again matched with Emilie and Ruben.

They came down to Arizona two weeks before my due date. We got to spend time together getting to know one another better. They were in the room when our son was born. It was a joy watching Emilie’s face as she held him skin to skin for the first time. They are a great family.

Emilie sends us pictures through email regularly. It is strange seeing a carbon copy of our son growing up with another family but from the moment we found Ruben and Emilie we knew our son was theirs. He was given to us to give to them. 

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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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