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What are My Rights as a Birth Mother?

August 10, 2023

As a birth mother, navigating the adoption process can be an emotional and challenging journey. Understanding your rights is crucial to ensuring that you make informed decisions and feel empowered throughout the process. In this blog, we’ll explore some essential rights that birth mothers typically have:

The Right to Be Treated With Dignity and Respect

Birth mothers are some of the most brave and selfless people we have ever met. `We believe that every birth mother deserves to be treated with dignity and respect throughout every part of the adoption process. We want you to understand all of your options, so you can make fully informed decisions that you can feel peace about.

The Right to Support

As a birth mother, you don’t have to walk through the adoption process alone. Many birth mothers don’t know about all of the support that is available to them. There are plenty of free resources such as counseling, support groups, and financial assistance that can help ease the stress of this chapter of your life.

The Right to Choose an Adoptive Family

Yes, typically you can choose an adoptive family as a birth mother. Many birth mothers consider where they would like the child to grow up, what kind of family values they would prioritize, and if they will have any siblings. An adoption agency will help you sift through different families, so that you can choose a family that brings you the most peace.

The Right to Choose an Open or Closed Adoption

Everyone has a different level of preference and comfortability when it comes to choosing an open or closed adoption. This decision is ultimately up to the birth mother, and it’s one that should be made with careful thought and consideration. Your adoption care team will help you understand what each option means for your specific situation and local guidelines.

The Right To Privacy

We understand how sensitive this decision is, and every birth mother deserves the right to privacy. An adoption agency you work with will help you navigate through conversations with adoptive families and provide support when talking with your own family and friends about this chapter of your life.

Remember that adoption laws and regulations differ depending on where you live, so it’s essential to seek advice from professionals who are knowledgeable about adoption laws in your local area. If you are considering adoption, don’t hesitate to reach out to have your questions answered about your specific circumstances. Ultimately, being a birth mother is a significant and selfless decision. Understanding your rights can empower you to make the best choices for yourself and your preborn child’s future, ensuring that they are placed in a loving and caring home. Whatever decision you make, know that you are not alone, and there are resources available to support you every step of the way.