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"A Comfortable Choice" - How Adoption Helped Jessica When She Was Struggling

Jessica is a brave birth mother who chose adoption to give her daughter a life full of love and opportunities. If you feel inspired by her story, contact us today to learn more about adoption and what it can mean for you. Call 1-800-ADOPTION now to get free information about the adoption process. 

It has been a year since I made the life-changing decision of choosing adoption to be a part of my journey.

I knew it was the right decision. I constantly prayed about it and finding the right fit for my baby girl. It was a difficult decision being that I already had two kids, was recently divorced from their father and also took care of my disabled mother. I also love and adore kids. But financially, I could not afford another child. I was already struggling to make ends meet since the divorce.

My pregnancy came by surprise after a fall down the stairs. I was five months pregnant at the time. Thankfully, the baby was OK, and I just ended up with back pain and a sprained ankle. But in that accident, my mother fell down the stairs too. She suffered multiple broken bones. I had to care for her and the kids, regardless of my injuries — and being pregnant was a lot to handle.

Contemplating adoption, I had many emotions running through my mind. I went from being confident in my choice to often finding myself having doubts and so many questions. What about the questions she may have when she gets older and tries to find me? I was also scared of choosing the right family fit for her.

At first, I wanted a closed adoption because I couldn’t bear the thought of not having the tools that she would need to be cared for. At the end of the pregnancy and having her, I decided to continue to check on her.

The adoptive parents are super supportive. They have reached out to me on this journey and are very adamant in keeping in touch and sharing her milestones with me. It makes me feel connected to her still. I want to thank American Adoptions for helping make this process a really comfortable choice.

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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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