How does giving a baby up for adoption work?
This is one of the most common questions that we get from birth mothers. It’s a good question. The process can seem daunting at first, especially if you’re still in the mindset that adoption means “giving up” your child as opposed to placing them in a loving and caring home.
The experienced adoption specialists at Texas Adoption Center can help. Let’s take a look at how adoption works, step-by-step.
How Does Giving A Baby Up for Adoption Work? | Step-by-Step Guide
Take the First Step
The first step, after you’ve decided that adoption is the best choice for you, is to reach out to a local adoption center. You want to pick a center that you feel comfortable with – one that has a history of working closely with their birth mothers to ensure that all parties involved in the adoption are happy and content.
A local adoption center like Texas Adoption Center offers personalized care from experienced professionals who want to empower you to make the best decision for your life. Reaching out to the adoption center of your choice is the best way to get the adoption process started.
Design Your Adoption Plan
There are three different types of adoptions from which to choose. This includes open, semi-open, and closed.
Open adoptions, as the name implies, are adoptions where the communication and relationship between birth mother and adoptive parents is an open one. You have the chance to build a relationship with the adoptive family on your own terms and decide how you want the adoption to proceed. For some birth mothers, that means visiting the child in person. For others, it means receiving letters or emails, or even regular text messages, with updates.
This kind of adoption is similar to open adoptions, but the relationship once the child is placed is a bit different. Instead of direct communication and potentially in-person visits, semi-open adoptions include the possibility of letter or picture updates instead.
Closed adoptions are a bit different. An adoption specialist generally chooses the right fit for your baby in closed adoptions, and you have minimal contact with the potential adoptive family. Note that this is by your choice – you get to decide how you want the process to proceed.
Once you know the best adoption for you, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Choose a Family
Now you understand how the process works and what to expect depending upon the type of adoption you pick, but how do you find a family? Well, Texas Adoption Center happens to work with incredible families who want nothing more than to adopt. You’ll get as much information as you’d like in order to pick potential families. Once you decide, you can start getting to know them (if you’d like – it’s all up to you). You can see some of our families here.
When you’ve planned the adoption process and have a family lined up, it’s time to focus on staying as healthy and happy as possible. If that means that you need help getting to or from doctor’s appointments or need help covering medical expenses, Texas Adoption Center can help.
Are you thinking about placing your baby for adoption? The adoption specialists at Texas Adoption Center are here to support you. Reach out to us for more information and to get the adoption process started.