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Chauniece's Adoption Story

To start off the story, I made some not-so-great choices as a young adult. These choices had changed a lot about my life.

Around February 2019, I went to the ER to find out why my feet were so big and swollen. The nurse asked if I was pregnant and, of course, I said, “No way; I’m not pregnant.” She then had me take a pregnancy test to be sure. The test came back positive, and I was in disbelief. So, I took the test again, and it was still positive.

Immediately after being hit with the facts, my heart sank. In that moment, all I could do was cry and panic. I had a lot of thoughts going through my head, trying to figure out what I was going to do with my unborn daughter. I knew that I couldn’t give her the life that she deserved. Luckily, my older sister helped me with the adoption process, getting in touch with American Adoptions and finding a wonderful family to take care of her.

The day I was in labor, I was afraid and had some second thoughts about giving my beautiful baby up for adoption, but I knew what was best for her. As soon as she was given to the adoptive parents and they left, I went back home and was more determined than ever to get my life back on track. Going to school and finding stability in my life became my top priority.

I have to strive for greatness and become the best version of myself. When the time comes for my child to know who I am, I want her to be proud of who I have become. I want her to know that I made this difficult decision for the both of us and that my sacrifice was not in vain.

I will be the birth mother she deserves.

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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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