4 Tips When Choosing An Adoptive Family In Arizona
There are many options for an unplanned pregnancy that women should feel safe, respected, and secure when choosing- adoption being one of them. If this is the route you have chosen to take, putting your baby up for adoption can feel like a big and scary process. Adoption Choices of Arizona and other adoption services want to alleviate as much stress as possible and make a decision you feel happy with. While starting all of the research for your adoption process, here are four key tips to remember when choosing an adoptive family in Arizona.
4 Tips When Choosing Adoption in AZ
1. Open or Closed Adoption
One of the first and crucial things to consider after deciding to put your child up for adoption is whether you want it to be a closed adoption or open adoption. A closed adoption is pretty straightforward. There is no interaction between the birth mother and baby once a family adopts them. There is also no information about the birth mother disclosed to the adoptive family or baby. As the birth mother, if you feel that you do not want to have any relationship with your baby or the adoptive family, this could be the best option for you.
On the other hand, open adoption means that the birth mother has a relationship and keeps in contact with the adoptive family and baby. The conditions can vary between every birth mother and the adoptive family, but there will be contact and knowledge of who the birth mother is. If you do choose to go with the open adoption route, there are more things you will need to consider. First, make sure the family you decide to share an open adoption with is one you feel comfortable around, see your child being raised by them, and most importantly, that you want to build a relationship with them.
2. Get To Know The Adoptive Family
Going off of the first point- if you do decide to go with open adoption, before choosing your family, take time to really get to know them, and see if their values and plans align with what you want in a relationship with an adoptive family. Do they plan on moving? Do they have other children? Have they been adopted before? What is their financial status? What are their values and beliefs? What would their education plans be for the child? These are all things you will want to discuss with families before choosing which one you see your baby with, as well as which one you see yourself being in close contact with.
3. Lean On Your Support System
While professional resources like Adoption Choices of Arizona are here to help guide and support you, having other support systems in your personal life to help take the weight off these big decisions and give you insight can be beneficial. Of course, the choice of what happens for you and your baby is ultimately up to you. However, suppose you have a partner that wants to be an active presence throughout your pregnancy and adoption journey. In that case, it’s important to consider their input, too, when deciding which type of adoption you are considering and if they would want to have a relationship with the child. If you have close family or friends who have your and the baby’s best interest in mind, too, you can lean on them for support and suggestions.
4. Go with your gut instinct
In the midst of all the research, opinions, and choices to make when choosing adoption in Arizona for your baby- remember to go with what feels best for you and is right for your baby. If you feel that closed adoption is what will give you the most peace, you should feel valid in choosing that route. On the other hand, if you decide you would like to have a relationship with your baby and the adoptive family in an open adoption, you will know when you find a family that fits your wants and needs. While the Arizona adoption process can be overwhelming, don’t let the pressure of what society or other people say you should do get to you. There will always be different opinions, but whichever decision feels best for you and your baby’s future is what you should ultimately go with.
Adoption Choices of Arizona recognizes that the journey of choosing adoption for your baby can come with a lot of questions, confusion, and conflicting feelings. Check out our website for more resources under our “adoption” tab for related articles and professionals to reach out to for further questions or concerns.
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: Allie Nowak is in her senior year of undergrad at Illinois State University studying public relations, with a minor in health & wellness coaching. She is extremely passionate about writing, digital content creating, and all things related to lifestyle & wellness. In her free time, she enjoys serving as editor-in-chief and publishing articles for her university’s chapter of Her Campus, the nation’s largest media platform for college women. You can also find her spending time with friends and family, traveling, reading, and walking her two golden doodles. She currently lives in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago where she was born and raised.