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Constance's Birth Mother Story - 13 Years After Placement

To the Staff of American Adoptions:

Thank you so very much for keeping me knee deep in photos and letters. I have had an awesome experience with your agency as a birthmother. I have full assurance that any woman who chooses to use your agency will be making the right choice. Through the years I have run across many other birthmothers and I must say that not only did you handle my case with care and detail but you also prepared me for dealing with life as part of the adoption-triad. Thank you!

It’s been 13 years-my how fast it’s flown by-and I’ve never once regretted my adoption decision or felt I should have done anything differently. While I am filled with awe each time a new set of pictures comes (by which I mean, what a neat child she is!) I have full assurance that her parents are who God had intended for her. I was just blessed to be a part of it. I know that each person in your office has to deal with all kinds of women (and men) facing their own special circumstances. Please know that you are appreciated!! Keep doing what you are and know that it’s not just the adoptive parents that are grateful and blessed.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,

Constance

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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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