How Do I Know If Adoption Is The Right Choice For Me?
Making the choice to place your child for adoption is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. It is an incredibly selfless act. A birthmother who decides to place her baby for adoption is not only choosing to give life to her child, but is choosing to give her child important things that she may not be able to provide herself–such as a two-parent family, or financial and emotional security.
An advantage to adoption is that the birthmother can feel confident about her decision, knowing that her child is going to be loved and well-cared for. An important thing to know is that you, the birthmother, can be the one to choose the family who will raise your child. You can meet the family and perhaps have an opportunity to get to know them personally, which can help you determine if adoption is the right choice for you.
How Do I Go About Choosing The Adoptive Family For My Unborn Child?
To begin the process, you need to determine the characteristics you are looking for in adoptive parents. Once you have a good idea of this, an agency can provide you with profiles and photos of families who they think would be an appropriate match for you. After reviewing these, you can decide if you would like to learn more about a particular family. At this point, phone calls and in-person meetings can be arranged.
After this “match” has been made, there are many arrangements to make such as whether you will need financial help throughout the remainder of your pregnancy, where you will deliver your baby, and what kind of contact you would like to have with the adoptive family after the baby’s birth. An agency and/or attorney can help with all of these arrangements.
Can The Adoptive Family Help Me With My Living Expenses?
Most likely the adoptive parents can assist you by paying reasonable living expenses such as rent, utilities, transportation, maternity clothes, medical costs, etc. if you cannot pay these things yourself.
May I Choose An Adoptive Family That Lives In A State Other Than My Own?
Yes. Many adoption agencies work with families from all over the country. Arrangements can be made for you to meet the adoptive family you choose by either traveling to their home state or having them come to you.
Can I Relocate For The Birth Of My Child?
Yes. Sometimes a birthmother feels that she needs to get away from her current living situation, wants to be able to spend more time with the adoptive family she has chosen, or just wants a fresh start. For these reasons and others, it is sometimes best for a birthmother to relocate to a different state before the birth of her child.