What About Making An Adoption Plan?
When everything around you seems so crazy, having a plan would be a relief. One of your options for your unexpected pregnancy is making an adoption plan for your child.
Like all of your options, placing your child for adoption is not an easy choice, and it shouldn’t be. It requires a strong support network and a complete understanding of the adoption process.
Three Types Of Plans
The adoption plan you choose depends on how much involvement you want in the process and how much communication you want with your child after placement.
Today, most adoptions are open. With an Open Adoption Plan, you are the one making all the decisions. You choose the family you want to raise your child, and you decide what type of environment they live in and where they live.
You share identifying information with the adoptive couple you have chosen. You know one another’s full names, addresses, and phone numbers. Together, you decide how much communication you would like to have with your child and their family once the adoption is finalized.
A Closed Adoption Plan means you have no knowledge of who adopts your child or where they live. In the past, closed adoption was the only type available. Because of the stigma of being an unwed mother, adoption was kept secret.
Some women choose a closed adoption because they feel it will help them move on or they’re in a relationship where it wouldn’t be safe for their child. Only you can decide if this is best for your situation.
If you would like more privacy but still want to have information about your child, chose a semi-open adoption. You and the adoptive family and your child can communicate, but everything is handled through a third party such as your adoption agency or another specialist.
Of course, you and the adoptive family can switch to an open adoption later if you would both like.
You Pay Nothing
An expectant mother or birth mother pays nothing for adoption services. In many instances, there are funds available to assist you throughout your pregnancy if you choose adoption.
The state allows reasonable expenses such as rent, utilities, food, and clothing to be paid for while you work through the process.
Is Adoption Right For You?
There is no right or wrong answer about how to handle your unplanned pregnancy. Choosing adoption allows you to build a relationship with your child and still pursue your life’s plans.
We are here to support you. We can offer referrals to reputable adoption agencies that will have the resources, counseling, and support groups you will need.
Schedule a no-cost appointment with one of our client advocates to discuss this option further.