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“What does adoption mean to a child?”

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Cassidy's Adoption Story

I found out I was pregnant in the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school. Unlike most pregnancies, mine was not swiftly apparent. I gave birth to my daughter in late August of the same year.

I knew immediately what the best option for both myself and my child would be. Thankfully, my mother’s place of work informed her of the great services that American Adoptions provides to women just like me.

Many nights were spent crying and agonizing over the right decision, and it ultimately turned out as a battle between my head and my heart. However, as soon as I stumbled upon the perfect couple to be parents to my little girl, some of that massive hurt in my heart went away. I knew that with them she would never want for love or comfort and she would always know that I made this painful decision out of love.

Because of the decision that I made, I get to start my freshman year of college as if I was no different from the rest of my peers, but in my heart I will always remember the sacrifices I made to learn among them. That will push me to work twice as hard, so I can prove to myself that enduring this separation was worth it — and so that my little girl will know it, too. These are thoughts I have had since the very first night I held her in my arms and used to strengthen me as I walked away from her and into my future.

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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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