Find an Adoptive Family in Rhode Island
As a national domestic adoption agency, American Adoptions provides services to both expectant birth mothers and parents looking to adopt a newborn in Rhode Island. If you are considering adoption in Rhode Island, it’s because you want your child to have the best life possible. That’s why finding the right prospective adoptive family is so important.
As you are looking for adoptive parents in Rhode Island or across the U.S., it’s to be expected that you will have questions about what it’s like to work with American Adoptions, and which parts of the adoption you are in control of. The great part about working with our agency is that your choices always come first. If you’re ready to talk to one of our adoption specialists, you can contact us today by calling 1-800-ADOPTION or filling out our free online form.
Below are answers to some frequent questions expectant birth mothers have about their adoption in Rhode Island.
I’m looking for adoptive parents for my baby in Rhode Island. How can I start?
Choosing the right adoptive family for your baby is an overwhelming decision, as there are many people that want to adopt in Rhode Island and across the country. That’s why online adoptive parent profiles are a great resource. If you’re already thinking about the kind of religion, family type, and career you would like the adoptive family to have, our adoption profiles help make your search easier by allowing you to narrow down the waiting families that you might be interested in.
Can I only pick from families that want to adopt in Rhode Island?
If you choose to work with American Adoptions, you will not be restricted to families waiting to adopt in Rhode Island. This will give you more freedom when it comes to deciding what environment you want your child to grow up in. You might love living in Rhode Island, and want your child to experience the same type of education and activities that you did growing up. Or, maybe you want your child to have new opportunities in a completely different state. Whatever the case, there are plenty of families who want to adopt in Rhode Island and all 50 states that you can choose from.
Can you pick who you adopt your baby to?
Our agency is able to help you find a family, but you will always have the final say. Part of your adoption plan is having complete control when it comes to picking the right family. As there are many waiting families in Rhode Island and across the U.S., only you can decide which one will provide the life you’ve always dreamed of for your child.
You will likely have more questions about the couples looking to adopt in Rhode Island and how to start the process of finding adoptive parents. For free information, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with an adoption counselor.
I’m searching for people to adopt my baby, but how will I know when I’ve found the one?
At this point, you may still feel anxious about choosing the right adoptive parents for your baby. That’s why pre-placement contact is so important. Getting to know the adoptive family beforehand will make you feel confident in your choice for adoption. You’ll know that you’ve found the right one when you feel their excitement to get to know you and — most significantly —your child.
Your adoption specialist will be the one to initiate contact between the adoptive family, yourself, and the birth father, if he is involved. The first time that you speak to one another will normally be during a conference call. It’s normal to feel nervous during the first call, but you don’t have to worry. Your adoption specialist is there to help break the ice between all of you.
Later, your pre-placement contact can be in the form of phone calls, skype, email and text messaging. This is the time where you can ask questions about their employment, hobbies, parenting style, and so much more. If both you and the adoptive family are living in Rhode Island, you also have the option of in-person visits.
I want someone to adopt my baby that is comfortable with contact after the adoption.
More than anything, you want the people who want to adopt your child to be excited about having you become a part of their life. This feeling is normal to have. With an open adoption —an option that is more common that ever — you can stay in contact with your child after the adoption is finalized. There are two ways that you can do this:
Semi-open: It’s possible to stay in contact with your child after the adoption, but not share everything about yourself. In this situation, you can do a semi-open or a mediated adoption, where you will only share a few things, such as:
Your first name and the first name of the birth father, if you know it
What state you live in without mentioning your address
The first names of any siblings the adopted child might have
For a woman that is more comfortable with a semi-open adoption, American Adoptions can help facilitate your pictures and letters agreement for up to 18 years.
Open adoption: Because this option leads to a healthier relationship for everyone involved, American Adoptions strongly encourages choosing an open adoption. This is also known as a fully disclosed adoption. With an open adoption, you can share more information, including:
Emails and phone calls before and after placement
In-person visits to each other’s states
Your family’s history, giving your child a better sense of where they belong
If you want to have plenty of contact before placement and after the adoption, this is the best option. One of our adoption specialists will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have about facilitating a fully disclosed adoption in Rhode Island.
Finding a family waiting to adopt is one of the most important parts of your journey. For more information on how to find an adoptive family in Rhode Island, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with an adoption specialist.
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