Things to Consider When Placing a Baby For Adoption
By Sylvie Christen
If you have found this page, you are most likely considering placing a baby for adoption. The process may seem scary at first, but if you feel like you are alone, you are not! Many women choose adoption because of unplanned pregnancy or other reasons. Adoption is possible for you, no matter your situation.
Adoption Choices of Arizona is your licensed, private adoption agency supporting birth mothers, families, and children. We have listed five things to think about when choosing adoption so that you can feel confident about your child’s future.
5 Things to Consider When Placing a Baby For Adoption
1. Learn About the Adoption Process
If you are thinking, “I’m pregnant and don’t want the baby,” know that you are not giving up by choosing adoption! Admitting that you are not ready to parent is selfless and brave.
First, you should contact a local agency such as Adoption Choices of Arizona. With years of experience in newborn adoptions, we are prepared to guide you through your adoption journey. We provide support from anywhere in Arizona, in person or virtually.
With the help of our staff, you will create an adoption plan. This is where you will list your needs and wants for the adoption process. The following items to consider will all be included in your adoption plan. The adoption process may seem intimidating, but we are here to help!
2. Type of Adoption
One of the first things to think about in your adoption plan is the level of openness. There are three categories, sometimes called types of adoption.
If you choose an open adoption, your child will know your identity, and you can remain active in their life. Open adoptions look different for every family, but you might exchange photos and videos, call, or meet in person.
In a closed adoption, the adoptive family will not learn your identity. Lastly, if you choose semi-open adoption, you can still have contact with the family and child. However, the contact will be mediated through an agency such as Adoption Choices of Arizona.
There is a lot to consider when choosing the level of openness in adoption. Your adoption specialist can help you discuss this in more detail.
3. The Adoptive Family
Next, one of the benefits of working with a private adoption agency is that you are able to choose the adoptive family.
You may be wondering, how do I know which family is best to parent my baby? This is a very personal decision and depends on many factors. First, you should think about the environment you want your child to be raised in and what you want for their future.
Our adoption agencies in Arizona serve diverse families, including LGBTQ and transracial adoptions. Contact us now to learn more about selecting an adoptive family!
4. Your Financial Needs Through Your Adoption Journey
Additionally, adoption agencies in Arizona are able to provide financial support. When choosing adoption, you should think about your financial situation and how it will be affected by your pregnancy. We are licensed to provide financial support for expenses such as:
- Travel costs
- Housing and rent
- Groceries and food
- Maternity clothes
- Phone bills
Your adoption specialist can help assess your needs and create a financial plan. Every situation is different, and we want to help you the best that we can!
5. Your Emotional and Health Needs During Your Unplanned Pregnancy
Finally, we understand that placing a baby for adoption is a monumental decision. While the process is rewarding, it can also be stressful and take a toll on your emotional and physical health.
It is important to consider your current health needs and how they could change. Furthermore, mental health is just as important. You may ask yourself, am I prepared to deal with “giving up” my baby for adoption?
Adoption Choices of Arizona offers counseling at no cost to you. Our adoption professionals are prepared to guide you through the difficult emotions you are facing. In addition, these services are available to you at any point after the baby is born. Remember that while you may feel sadness, adoption is a rewarding decision!
Contact Adoption Choices of Arizona to Start Your Adoption ProcessToday
Of course, this is not a comprehensive list, and there is a multitude of factors to think about during the adoption process. No matter where you are in the process, Adoption Choices of Arizona can help! Our services are confidential, non-profit, and non-judgmental. We also can see you in our office, travel to you, or meet you virtually.
If you are a pregnant woman wanting to learn more about adoption or to begin the adoption process, contact us now!