If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you may be exploring the option of adoption. Adoption is a difficult decision to make and can seem impossible. Many times, people are confused about the adoption process. We hope to bring you more clarity. Know this – adoption is a courageous and selfless step. If you decide to go this route, adoption brings beauty out of a difficult situation.
What should I know about adoption?
You are probably thinking to yourself things like:
- Is adoption like the foster system?
- How can I live with myself knowing my child is out there?
- I do not want an abortion, but I am not ready to be a parent.
- What is an open or closed adoption?
- Where is an adoption agency?
These are real questions and concerns to have. Adoption has drastically changed over the years. As the birth mom, you have complete control over the adoption process! You get to choose the adoptive family or couple you want. You can also work out what kind of relationship, if any, you want with your child. You have complete control over the adoption process. No one will make any decisions for you, but you have the power to choose.
How does adoption work?
As the birth mom, you get to choose the adoption plan best for you. The main type of adoption is called an Open Adoption. In this process, the birth mom chooses the adoptive family and will exchange all identifying information to keep in touch as frequently as they agree to. The birth mom has control to determine how much contact she would like if she’s not comfortable with an open adoption at first.
It is perfectly ok for the adoption agency, lawyer, or other adoption consultants to choose the adoptive family for you and allow you to remain completely anonymous. No reputable agency or lawyer will require anything of you financially. You pay nothing.
There is an extensive process that adoptive couples go through to be approved. Couples go through criminal and abuse background checks. There are also home studies done, where a representative will make sure their home is adequate for a baby, questionnaires, and a profile with photos for you to see.
Would adoption be good for my child?
Choosing adoption can give you the peace of knowing your child is loved and cared for by the couple you choose. Many women fear that their children will grow up angry for choosing adoption. But in reality, most children who are adopted are very adjusted.
In fact, 90 percent of all adopted children over the age of 5 feel positively about their adoption, and well beyond half of all adopted children eat dinner with their families six nights a week. This shows that adopted children are treasured and adored by their adoptive families.
At Echoz, we offer you a comprehensive look at all of your options so you are informed and empowered to make the best decision possible.
Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about your adoption option.