An unplanned pregnancy can be scary – but you have adoption options. When you choose adoption we want you to make an informed decision. A decision that’s best for you and for your baby. Below are some basics when it comes to selecting the adoption option that’s a good fit for both you and your baby. Adoption Associates is here to help answer your questions.
Open Adoption Option
If you want an open adoption, it’s likely that you’ll start by looking at profiles of available prospective adoptive parents. You get to choose the family and you have the opportunity to meet them. If you’re comfortable with each other, you can start communicating with them, spend some time with them, and maybe even plan the birth of the baby together. And, after the baby is born, you may decide to continue being in contact with them. It’s common for birth parents and adoptive parents to send texts or emails, exchange updates, and share pictures. Sometimes, there are ongoing meetings as your child grows. It all depends on what you’re comfortable with. The open adoption option can be very beneficial to everyone involved, especially your child.
If you want to, you can choose a closed adoption. The agency will then choose the best adoptive parents for your baby from among their waiting families. The adoptive parents will receive no identifying information about you, nor you about them. Rest assured, your baby will be placed into an approved home with loving parents. Some birth mom’s feel more comfortable with this adoption option. No matter what you decide, your AAI caseworker is available to you throughout your pregnancy and beyond. You may reach out to her any time for support or resources.
In all states, there are laws allowing for the anonymous surrender of a newborn by his or her parent. This is commonly referred to as Safe Delivery or Safe Haven. Most often, the baby goes immediately from the hospital into a pre-approved adoptive family. These State laws are meant to provide safety for a baby whose birth mother feels like anonymous surrender is the best option for her. Maybe nobody knows you’re pregnant. Or maybe you are in a situation where you are afraid for the safety of your baby or yourself. Sometimes, a birth mother feels more comfortable surrendering her baby anonymously rather than going through the adoption process. If you feel that safe surrender of your baby is the best adoption option for you, please CLICK HERE for more information. You may also contact Adoption Associates to talk to someone about your rights under the Safe Delivery law.
If you’re not sure which adoption option seems like the right choice for you, please click HERE for more information. Or contact Adoption Associates 24/7 at 800-677-2367 or send us a message and we’ll call you.