Intro to Adoption for Birth Mothers in Vegas
Intro to Adoption for Birth Mothers in Vegas
As a pregnant woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be exploring your options and thinking about what you want to do. If you’ve begun your research, you may have learned that there are three options for you to choose from — parenting, terminating your pregnancy and placing your baby for adoption. Each option has its own pros and cons, of course, so it’s important that you learn as much as you can about all three. This will help you make the best decision for you and the life you want to have.
Because you are reading this blog, you are, undoubtedly, curious about the option of placing your baby for adoption. If this is the case, you’re in good hands! Adoption Choices of Las Vegas will provide you with all the information you need to know to help you make a well-informed decision.
Here are five intro to adoption questions and answers to give you insight into what choosing adoption would look like for you and your baby.
- What is Adoption?
Put simply, adoption means placing your child with an adoptive family who is ready to care for your child. Perhaps you’re at a point in your life where you are unable to provide for your child physically, emotionally, mentally or financially. Maybe you’re up for a big promotion or wanting to graduate high school or college. Maybe you already have one or more children at home and you’re unable to afford/raise another. Perhaps you never wanted a family of your own. Whatever your circumstances, adoption is always an option. It provides you and your child with many benefits. For you, adoption offers you the ability to ensure safety and love for your child. For your baby, adoption allows him or her their best chance at life. Also, as a bonus, adoption helps hopeful parents’ dreams come true.
- What does Your Adoption Agency Offer?
Through our Vegas adoption agency, you will have full control over the adoption process and all the decisions made within it. You will be assigned an adoption caseworker who will guide you through the many aspects of the adoption journey, and help you determine what is best for you and your child. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Creating an adoption plan that fits your needs
- Choosing what type of adoption you want
- Selecting the adoptive family who will raise your child
You will have access to our free counseling services before, during and after the adoption process for emotional support and post-placement care. You may also qualify for financial assistance, temporary housing and transportation assistance. Be sure to consult with your adoption caseworker about your specific circumstances to see if you are eligible for any of these available services.
- Are There Different Types of Adoption?
Yes! There are three types of adoption to choose from. Each type offers its own pros and cons, as well as different levels of openness. There is no right or wrong type of adoption to choose. Only you know what’s best and what you’re comfortable with. That said, here are the three options:
- Open Adoption: is the most common choice nowadays, and is becoming more and more popular every year. Open adoption allows you to meet the adoptive parents before the baby is born, and gives you the opportunity to get to know each other. After the adoption has been finalized, an open adoption permits you to have contact with the adoptive family and to be involved in your child’s life as he or she grows up.
- Closed Adoption: is where there is no contact between the birth mother or adoptive family. No personal information is shared. The birth mother is not able to learn how her child is doing once he or she has been placed with their adoptive family until the adoptee turns 18.
- Semi-Open Adoption: is often called the happy medium of the two above types of adoption. Semi-open adoption allows a birth mother to choose the adoptive parents and receive updates about her child, but from a protected distance. All communication is mediated through a secure online portal called ChildConnect, though, in some cases, phone calls may be permitted.
We strongly encourage all of our birth mothers and adoptive parents to consider this option, as we believe it keeps everyone’s best interests at heart. Yet, we understand that each and every birth mother’s situation is unique and will respect whatever type of adoption you choose.
- Will I See My Child or Be able to Talk to Them Again??
This is a very common question that many birth mothers ask. It stems from an equally common fear. Decades ago, adoptions were done in secret. Pregnant women were sent away to have their babies in private, and then never learned what became of their child after that. Instead, they were told to return to everyday life as if nothing happened. This was during a time when adoption had a lot of shame, guilt and negative connotation to it. But those days are long gone!
Depending on the type of adoption you choose, you do have the option of staying in contact with the adoptive parent and baby after the adoption has been finalized. If you and the adoptive parents have an open or semi-adoption agreement, you will have the opportunity to meet and get to know the adoptive parents before the baby is born. This is an essential time for you all to talk about appropriate boundaries and learn what life will look like moving forward. You can discuss how often you’d like to visit, what holidays you’d like to celebrate together and how frequently you want to be in contact.
- What Should I Look For In An Adoptive Family?
One of the most important factors you should consider in choosing an adoptive family for her child is a sense of security and stability. You would want to know that your child will always be safe, and comfortable in a stable home that does not see a whole lot of change. Our agency screens and does at home visits to ensure that all families will be loving and provide a stable home!
Asking yourself the kinds of values you want your child to grow up with may help narrow the families down. If you want your child to practice a specific religion or want a family that finds value in after school activities you can ask hopeful families. It will be hard to choose because all parents provide different things but all will be forever grateful and do whatever they can to ensure a great life for your child.
Intro to Adoption for Birth Mothers
Every adoption process is different, but all are equally valid. Adoption Choices of Las Vegas is here to provide you with all the help and information you need to make the most well-informed and confident decision about your unplanned pregnancy options. This is, by far, a non-exhaustive resource, but we hope it gave you a good place to start.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. It’s okay to ask as many as you want — from general inquiries to specific worries. Our adoption professionals are available 24/7 to assist you. We know that lives can change in a heartbeat, so being open to learning and asking questions is helpful. Just like you, other birth mothers have asked themselves the same questions above and many others. So, don’t hold back or be shy. Research is the best first step, and we want you to have the knowledge you need, so that you have no regrets when you make your final decision.
Adoption Choices of Las Vegas has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across in Las Vegas since 2012. For information more general to Nevada, please visit our mother site Adoption Choices of Nevada. For information specific to Reno, please visit our sister site Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno. You can also call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: CALL OR TEXT 702-474-4673
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