What To Know About The Adoption Process

Children are a large responsibility, but not everyone is able to conceive their own child. Adoption is a great gift from one mother to another, but it can also be a time that is extremely overwhelming. While every woman is different, there are some basic steps that are involved with adoption.

Prenatal Care

When you find out you are pregnant, you want to visit with your personal physician or an OB/GYN to start receiving prenatal care. The first twelve weeks of the pregnancy is extremely important to the development of your child, as well as helping you cope with morning sickness and fatigue. During the prenatal care, you will want to express your desire to put the child up for adoption and talk to an adoption specialist. He or she will be the one who can help you create a plan that fits your needs, including covering the costs of medical care.

Adoption Plans

One of the best things an adoption specialist can do for expectant mothers is to simplify the process of adoption and walk mothers through the steps. Every decision made will be with your needs in mind. For example, many specialists can help expectant mothers receive maternity clothing, groceries, and housing if necessary. He or she may also be able to collect the information from the father (if known) so the physician and adoption family will have a medical history for the child. Finally, you will want to talk to a counselor about the emotions you are experiencing during pregnancy and then after the adoption is complete.

Types of Adoptions

In addition to an adoption plan, adoption specialists will help you decide what type of adoption you would like to have. The adoption type will determine the amount of contact you will get to have with the child and the adoptive family following the completion of the adoption process. There are three types: open, closed, and semi-open. With open adoptions, mothers have the ability to communicate with the child through in-person visits. However, some mothers prefer to just receive updates and pictures throughout the year. This type is semi-open adoption. Finally, if everyone feels it would be best to sever ties completely, then closed adoptions are also available. The decision you make will be based on your emotional state and how comfortable you are with maintaining a relationship with the adoptive family.

Lifelong Decision

Adoption is not a spur of the moment choice. It is a decision that is lifelong and so many expectant mothers who opt for adoption want to go through the process of selecting the adoptive family. Your specialist will work with an agency that will give you information on several families and you can build a connection with the family. You will be given the ability to meet and talk to them in person, as well as communicate any concerns you are having. Finally, after delivering the child, you will relinquish your rights as the child's mother before you leave the hospital. This step is often the hardest, and many specialists recommend joining support groups that have mothers who have placed children up for adoption.

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