10 Questions most birthmothers ask about adoption
I wanted to Thank you for everything. I probably would have given up if it wasn’t for the prayers and thoughts. I know that God has something else in mind for me at this point. I would have loved to be a parent, but right now is not the time for me. I plan to go to school to get my degree and work at a hospital, maybe a baby nursery. I am positive that my child will get what he or she needs. Besides, a child needs two parents.
Again, thank you for being there and for caring. You have inspired me and kept me faithful and positive about life. Thanks again.
P.S. I read the “I know That I Am Special” card that you gave me daily. Thank you."
1. HOW CAN ADOPTION BE GOOD FOR MY BABY AND ME?
If your are not ready to be a parent, you can still give your baby the gift of life by choosing adoption. You can plan for your baby's future by selecting a stable, loving family to care for your baby. After birth, you can see your baby, name your baby, and spend time with your baby. If you so choose, you may be able to get updates on your child's progress or have ongoing visits throughout your child's life while you continue your education or career goals. Finally, you can be proud that you chose life for your baby.
2. CAN I CHOOSE A FAMILY FOR MY BABY?
Yes! Most agencies have adoptive couples who come from a variety of backgrounds, and they have been screened and approves. There are additional options such as choosing a friend, or someone who has been recommended to you. Your agency will discuss these options with you.
3. HOW MUCH CONTACT CAN I HAVE WITH MY BABY AFTER BIRTH AND AFTER ADOPTION?
You may have as much contact with your baby at the hospital as you desire. When planning your child's adoption, you can chose an open adoption plan that allows ongoing visits with your child, or you can choose a less open adoption that keeps you informed about your child's progress through letters and photos. Adoptive families respect your need to know that your child is loved and happy. If you prefer not to have any ongoing contact with your child and the adoptive family, confidential adoption plans are also possible.
4. HOW SOON AFTER BIRTH CAN MY BABY GO TO THE PARENTS I CHOOSE?
The timing of your child's placement depends on three factors:
Many birthmothers want their baby placed with the adoptive family directly from the hospital. Some women prefer to place their in temporary care while they consider their adoption decision. A Better Choice can help with either option.
5. HOW MUCH WILL MY CHILD KNOW ABOUT ME?
That depends on what type of adoption plan you choose: open, semi-open, or confidential. Your agency will encourage you to provide your complete medical and social history for your child, no matter what type of adoption plan you make, and in some states, that is required. You may choose to share your identity and where you live with the adoptive family. If you've made an open adoption plan, you may have ongoing, direct contact with your child and the adoptive family. The information your child will know about the birthfather depends on his relationship with you and your counselor. Most birthfathers give their complete medical and social history, recognizing how important it is for the child. In some cases, the only information available about the birthfather is what the birthmother provides.
6. DOES THE BIRTHFATHER HAVE ANY RIGHTS?
Both you and the birthfather have rights. If you disagree about adoption or you no longer have a relationship with him, your agency will work with the birthfather and/or the courts to determine if his rights can be terminated.
7. CAN MY CHILD FIND ME IF HE OR SHE WANTS TO SEARCH SOMEDAY?
The law in your state determines when and how your child may access the information in the adoption file. Your caseworker will explain the current laws as they apply to your adoption plan.
8. HOW CAN I BE SURE MY CHILD WILL BE WELL CARED FOR?
Adoptive families approved by your agency must meed the standards that are shared with you. Prior to finalizing the adoption, a caseworker will make home visits to ensure the child's well-being. In an open adoption, you will see for yourself how well your child is cared for and how much your child is loved.
9. DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY OR DO I PAY MY AGENCY TO ASSIST ME WITH THE ADOPTION?
You do not need an attorney and there are no costs to you. The adoption agency will handle all the legal details for you and the birthfather.
10. DOES YOUR AGENCY OFFER ASSISTANCE WITH MEDICAL AND LIVING EXPENSES WHILE I AM MAKING AN ADOPTION PLAN?
Assistance with medical and living expenses is available through many agencies. For details about how your agency can help you in your particular circumstances, contact your caseworker.