For women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, adoption is a positive option. Birth mothers who choose adoption for their baby are empowered to make their own decisions. When you choose adoption, we want you to make decisions that are best for both you and your baby. Our caseworkers are here to help you! Here are some basics when it comes to selecting the adoption option that’s a good fit for you.
Open Adoption Option
If you want to maintain contact with your baby, we will show you profiles of couples who are happy to keep in touch with you. After you choose a couple that feels like a good fit, you have the opportunity to meet them in person. In addition, you can start communicating with them and plan the birth of the baby together if you like. Then, after the baby is born, you can continue contact if you choose. It’s common for birth parents and adoptive parents to send texts or emails, exchange updates, and share pictures. Often there are ongoing meetings as well.
Openness can vary from one situation to the next. Your plan might be for just a little exchange of information and contact. However, you may plan for more contact and interaction over time if you choose.
Closed Adoption Option
If you want to, you can choose a closed adoption. You can either choose a family, or ask us to choose an adoptive family for your baby from among our waiting families. The adoptive parents will receive no identifying information about you, nor you about them.
Anonymous Surrender – Safe Delivery Option
In all states, there are laws allowing for the anonymous surrender of a newborn by his or her parent. This option is often referred to as Safe Haven, Safe Delivery, or Safe Surrender. After receiving newborn medical attention, your baby goes immediately to a pre-approved adoptive family. These laws are meant to provide safety for a baby and anonymity for the birth mother. If you feel that you might be at risk for abandoning your baby or feel that you don’t have any other options, please talk to someone about your rights under your state’s anonymous surrender laws.
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