How to Cope with a Changing Open Adoption in Arizona
You may have recently discovered you’re pregnant and are unsure of how to cope with adoption in your state. Maybe you just had your baby, and you are sure you don’t want to parent. Both of these reasons and more are great unplanned pregnancy options to choose for your baby. At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we assist you with the entire adoption process—before, during, and after—to ensure you are fully cared for throughout your adoption journey, even when you feel as though changing an open adoption is the right choice. Do you have questions about the different types of adoption? We can answer those questions and more at Adoption Choices of Arizona.
Your First Steps When Starting the Adoption Process in AZ
After deciding to place your baby for adoption, your first step will be to contact us via phone or text. Then, we will arrange an appointment with you at our offices or a place where you are most comfortable. We can even come to you! Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during this time. Once you meet with your adoption advisor, you can begin selecting an adoptive family for your baby. The type of adoption you choose depends on how much control you have over who adopts your baby. There are three different types of adoption: open, semi-open, or closed.
Open adoptions consist of as little or as much communication as you would like with the adoptive family. For example, some birth mothers decide they want regular growth and development updates about their babies, while some birth mothers and adoptive parents arrange annual visits. Other mothers decide they only want photos of their baby. In an open adoption, you will be able to choose your baby’s adoptive family from a selection of family profiles your adoption counselor presents to you. There’s no need to feel rushed or forced into deciding for a particular family. If you don’t like the family profiles, you are presented with. We will provide you with more prospective adoptive families to guarantee you choose the right family for your baby.
Semi-open adoptions involve limited contact with your baby’s adoptive family. All communication between both parties will be filtered through your adoption counselor; this includes photos, phone, pictures, letters, etc.
Closed adoptions involve no contact whatsoever between you and the adoptive parents. The only information the adoptive parents will have about you is your medical history.
What matters most is this is your choice and that you are comfortable with whichever choice you make.
Your Birth Plan
Our adoption counselors will also assist you in developing your personalized birth plan. Your birth plan includes who you want in the room with you during labor, whether or not you want to hold the baby, and when you will give your consent to have your baby adopted.
How Can Adoption Choices of Arizona Help When Changing an Open Adoption?
Here at Adoption Choices of Arizona, we also offer the opportunity for you to participate in a goodbye dinner with the adoptive family. This isn’t required, but it is an option if you are interested in doing it. In addition to the other services offered, we also provide you with financial assistance throughout your pregnancy. The financial assistance we provide consists of help with food, rent, maternity clothing, and other items you may need during your pregnancy. We will continue to pay your expenses for one month after you deliver the baby. We want to make this process as easy and stress-free as possible. We have adoption agencies Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Tucson available to assist you with questions or help you begin your adoption journey.
For adoption resources or to begin your adoption journey, birth parents can visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or call or text us at 1-480-900-5520. If you are a prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!
Meet the Author: Rayna Batiste is an alumna of the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. Having graduated with honors, she hopes to attend graduate school at New York University, majoring in Journalism. Rayna is also a United States Air Force veteran who enjoys watching documentaries about pretty much any subject, learning, and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is also a fitness enthusiast and an avid Peloton user.
Her hobbies include brunch (yes, brunch is a hobby), fashion, makeup, and of course, reading and writing. Rayna has a real passion for the written word and correct grammar and syntax. She enjoys manipulating sentence structure and experimenting with punctuation in her writing. She’s what you would call a “werd nerd.” She was also recently featured at the Pensacola Museum of Art for her work, entitled Triangular Geometry.