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Patricia's Adoption Story

With my first pregnancy, I had a c-section, so I used to rub my belly a lot. On Feb. 23, 2016, I felt the slightest bump, so I decided to take an at-home pregnancy test and, of course, it came back positive.

I was scared, being I was only 19 and on my second pregnancy. I sat for about two hours just thinking about what I should do. I talked to the father, and we both agreed on adoption. I called another adoption company first and then American Adoptions, and I instantly fell in love with Felicia Pham. She was so caring, and I felt I could trust her with anything.

As I began looking at adoptive families, I landed on Chuck and Amy. I read how this was Chuck’s second marriage and how he had a previous child and he and Amy were struggling with fertility. I read their careers and their opinions on my situation, and I finally was able to speak with them on the phone. They were so kind and respectful. They seemed so grateful that I was considering them. I met them on Aug. 18 at Long Horn Steakhouse and they met my little girl, Eva. She absolutely adored them as well.

I went into labor at 12:30 a.m. the next day and, because it was the middle of the night, they were the only ones I could call. They came at about 1 a.m. Amy so kindly watched my daughter as I was in a lot of pain. Finally the nurses came and took me back at around 9 a.m. to get my c-section. They asked me what I was having, and I said another girl. They gave me a spinal epidural and, finally, I wasn’t in pain. I couldn’t feel anything from the ribs down.

About five minutes later the doctor shouted, “It’s a boy.” Here I thought the baby was a girl, but I looked over at his handsome little face as they handed him to Ms. Amy. The joy in her face was just the reassurance I needed to know I was doing the right thing. I will forever be beyond grateful to them. They are my blessing. They will always have a special place in my heart. I pray for their family every day.

Thank you to American Adoptions for helping me find them and Felicia!

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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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