Where should birth moms looking for adoptive parents look?
If you’ve chosen to place your baby for adoption, you’ve made a courageous choice. However, you’re probably wondering what to do next.
Options for Birth Moms Looking for Adoptive Parents
Working with an adoption agency means you get more help than if you did an independent adoption. Moreover, adoption agencies are completely free. They are there to assist you before, during, and even after the adoption.
For example, many adoption agencies offer financial and emotional support, housing and transportation assistance, medical care, and health insurance, among other services.
They help you choose the type of adoption that works for you, and then they show you profiles of families looking to adopt. These profiles tell you all about the couple looking to adopt, including their family life, where they work, what they do for fun, and more. You get to choose the family that adopts your baby. Then, you can meet the family if you wish.
In the end, a good adoption agency should empower you to make choices that are right for you.
Keep reading to learn more about the different types of adoption available to you through an adoption agency, and other places to look for adoptive parents.
Types of Adoption You Can Choose From
You have the freedom to choose any adoption you wish! Here are your options:
- Open Adoptions have a lot of benefits because they allow you to decide what you want throughout the adoption process. Firstly, you get to choose the family you place your baby with. Then, you can choose whether or not you wish to meet the family and decide what kind of relationship you have with them. After the adoption is completed, you can keep in contact with the family and even visit them.
- Semi-Open Adoptions are just like open adoptions except after the adoption is completed, you don’t keep in personal contact with the adoptive family. You may receive letters and pictures over the years, but there is no direct contact with the family.
- In a Closed Adoption, the adoption agency chooses the family your baby will be placed with. You don’t meet the family or keep in contact with them after the adoption is finalized. Closed adoptions are less popular for birth mothers because you won’t make as many choices in the adoption process. However, every circumstance is different, and you have the freedom to choose whatever plan works best for you.
Friends or Family
Do you know someone who might be interested in adopting your baby?
Perhaps you have family members or friends that are interested in expanding their loving home.
Birth moms looking for adoptive parents may find this option surprising. Nonetheless, it's a solid option for birth mothers and you shouldn't hesitate to reach out to them.
If you already know the family who will adopt your baby, you can still work with an adoption agency. The agency will walk you through the process and help you with whatever you need.
However, you have another option. You can work with an adoption attorney. What is that, and how does it work?
Adoption attornies are there to help you understand the legal aspects of placing your baby for adoption. They will ensure your legal rights are protected, support you, and answer your questions about the process. They can also help to facilitate communication between the adoptive parents and the birth mother.
Adoption agencies do this too. However, adoption agencies often provide more services than an attorney will. Most adoption attornies do not locate adoptive parents for birth mothers. Therefore, working with an attorney is a good option for birth moms who already know who will adopt her baby.
If you would like to work with an attorney, it’s important to find one as early as possible in the adoption process. Make sure the attorney has lots of experience. Research potential attornies you might want to work with. What are other birth mothers saying about his/her services? Meet with the attorney in person to see if s/he would be a good match. In the end, it’s important to find the right attorney.
Working with an attorney should not cost you any money. The adoptive parents should cover all legal fees.
Talk to a Professional
Here at Texas Adoption Center, our number one goal is to empower birth mothers to feel comfortable and confident to make the decisions that are right for them. We are down to earth, modern, and professional. We care about your happiness and well-being. When you leave our program, we want you to feel confident in your future, and we will be there to support you for years to come!
If you have questions about the adoption process or would like to talk to a professional, give us a call at 512-893-7943. We love helping birth moms looking for adoptive parents find their perfect match. That way, you will know without a doubt that your precious baby is going to a loving, caring home. Contact us today!