When you decide to make an adoption plan, you might find yourself with a lot of questions about the future. The next steps can feel overwhelming. Every single situation and person is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It’s important to gather all of the information you need so that you can make the best decisions for both you and your unborn child.
What Is The Difference Between an Open, Closed, and Semi-Open Adoption?
A birth mother doesn’t choose adoption because she wants to “give her child up.” She chooses this path because she wants
An Open Adoption allows you to have the option of seeing the child again in the future.
A Semi-Open Adoption means that you may meet the family, but there are certain limitations. All ongoing contact will be handled through the adoption agency. If you’d like, the adoptive family will send pictures and letters to keep you updated. In this option, the birth mother can also send letters, gifts,and photos.
A Closed Adoption means you have the option of having no contact after the child is placed. If you wish to choose the adoptive family, you can. You are not required to do so.
Does The Birth Father Have To Be Involved In This Decision?
The answer to this question varies by state. If you are able to find the birth father, he does have a right to know about the adoption plan. Some birth mothers are nervous about telling the birth father this information. Our care team can help guide you through the process and provide the support you need. It’s also important to know that certain states require a birth father to sign a birth father registry in order to exercise his rights. If you have specific questions about your situation, text us at 662-401-5823.
How Do I Make An Adoption Plan?
We know that making an adoption plan can feel like an overwhelming task. Our team breaks it down into steps to make it more manageable for you. To start, think about the things that are important to you in this process. Do you want an open adoption? Do you want to select the adoptive family? These are just a few of the questions that you will need to think about. You can see a quick look at what starting an adoption plan looks like in this blog post.
Do I Have Rights?
Yes, every birth mother has rights. Each state gives different guidelines and rights to birth mothers. It’s important to understand what your legal rights are in your specific area. When you know your rights, you can keep them in mind as you make decisions. If you have questions about your rights as a birth mother, reach out to our care team via text at 662-401-5823. We want every birth mother to know that she has the right to be treated with both dignity and respect.
Can I Choose The Adoptive Family For My Unborn Child?
Yes, you can choose from our list of awaiting families. Some birth mothers prefer to interview different families to find the best first for their unborn child. There are many different ways to approach this, and you will have options. If you would rather not be involved in choosing an adoptive family, you have the right to defer that decision to our care team.