Why Not consider adoption?
There are many myths and misunderstandings about the process and outcome of placing a child for adoption.
It’s true, like all your options, adoption is not an easy choice to make, but there is nothing more selfless, challenging, and courageous than realizing you want a better life for your child than you can provide.
What Is Adoption?
Legal adoptions permanently transfer all rights and responsibilities from the biological parents to adoptive parents. It is not co-parenting and does not involve DCF or foster care.
Why Do Women Choose Adoption?
Women from all walks of life choose to make an adoption plan for their children for many reasons. Do any of these apply to you?
- I don’t want to be a single parent.
- I want to continue focusing on my career and education.
- I’m (too old or too young) to parent at this time.
- I want my child to have a father and a mother.
- I’m already raising other children, and I don’t have the resources to add another.
- My current relationship or home isn’t safe for a child.
These and others are valid reasons to take a closer look at adoption.
Types of Adoption
The adoption process has changed significantly in the past several decades. There are more plans to choose from, and the birth parents can be more involved in the process.
As the birth mother or birth parents, you decide the type of adoption plan that makes you most comfortable.
The most popular adoption plan today is open. The birth mother (and father, if available) choose the potential adoptive couple by looking through specially-prepared profiles. Once selected, you and the couple you’ve chosen can meet and exchange some identifying information like full names, phone numbers, addresses, etc.
If you’re interested in having long-term contact with your child and their adoptive family, choose open adoption.
Choose a semi-open plan if you wish for a little more privacy. You still select the potential adoptive couple, but all communication goes through a third party, such as your adoption agency or lawyer. It allows you to stay in touch with your child and their adoptive family.
A closed adoption enables you to remain completely anonymous. The adoption specialist chooses the adoptive couple for you. There is no contact between you, and no one receives identifying information.
Is Adoption Right For You?
If you want to know more about adoption, Attleboro Women’s Health Center can discuss this option with you. In addition, we offer referrals to reputable adoption specialists.
You should never pay to place your child for adoption. Some agencies offer assistance with rent, food, medical visits, and other pregnancy needs while you work through the adoption process.
Only you know if adoption is the right choice. Contact us and set up an appointment to learn more about the adoption process and your other options. Information is key to making an empowered, confident choice.