What About Making An Adoption Plan?
When faced with an unexpected pregnancy, looking at all your options is essential. Although you may not have considered placing your child for adoption before, now is an excellent time to learn more about the adoption process and the assistance available to you.
As the expectant or birth mother, you choose the family who raises your child, the type of adoption plan, and how much information you want to share. You are in control of the process.
What Is Adoption?
Adoption is the legal transfer of parental rights and responsibilities from a child’s birth parents to the adoptive parents. Once the adoption papers are signed, it becomes a permanent decision.
Adoptions happen for various reasons. Perhaps the birth father and mother are no longer in a relationship, and she doesn’t want to be a single mother. Or a birth mother already has other children she is raising and doesn’t feel she has the resources and time for another.
Whatever a woman’s reason, adoption is a valid parenting choice.
The Types of Adoption
There are three different adoption plans: open, semi-open, and closed. The plan you choose is determined by how much interaction you wish to have with your child and their adoptive family in the future.
Open adoption means you and the adoptive family exchange identifying information. Once you’ve selected a family, you may have the option to meet them before giving birth. Together, you decide the level of contact you want to have with one another.
This plan allows women to tell their children they chose adoption out of love. It connects the child to their heritage and their birth family.
This plan is perfect for a woman who wants some contact with her child but also wants to remain anonymous. Your communication will be through a third-party adoption professional. Any visits are also scheduled and supervised by the adoption professional.
In a closed adoption, your identity remains completely anonymous. The agency or adoption professional chooses your adoptive family, and you have no contact.
No identifying information is given to either the birth or adoptive family. There is complete privacy.
How We Can Help You
At Rockingham Pregnancy Care Center, we offer adoption facilitation. We provide referrals to reputable adoption professionals who can explain the process and possibly offer assistance with medical care, housing, counseling, and more.
Contact us if you would like more information about this wonderful option.