Ways to Incorporate Adoption into Your Holiday Traditions
By Helena Cheatham
The Holidays are a time of joy and celebration, but they can also carry an air of stress and anxiety for those who are going through an unplanned pregnancy. Birth mothers who decide to go through the adoption process can feel alone during this time, but the feeling of isolation might be amplified during the holidays. If you are looking into adoption nearby, Adoption Choices of Arizona is a non-profit private adoption agency that strives to provide many services to support families through the holidays.
For a birth mother, deciding to place your baby for adoption can be tough regardless of the time of year. However, during the holidays, you may feel a certain weight of sadness and anxiety that may not be there any other time. While it may be easy to let these feelings consume you, it is helpful as well as integral to the healing process that you look for support during this time.
The Adoption Choices of Arizona Process
Adoption Choices of Arizona has worked with expecting mothers for a multitude of years and has a process we use to make the adoption process as streamlined as possible while offering as much pregnancy help as possible. We encourage you to contact us if you need advice, support, or just someone to listen. We are here 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.
Once you contact us, we will have you meet with a counselor who will provide you with any information you need while also answering any more questions you may have. Next, we will have your counselor begin looking for a family for you. We give you full autonomy over the level of openness you desire as well as what family you think is the best match for you. After that, we will help place the baby with the adoptive family while putting all of your and the baby’s needs first. After all of this is said and done, we want to offer post-placement support. Your counselor will be available to you during this time and offer as much support as you need.
Finding Support During The Holidays
It can be hard for birth mothers going through the child adoption process to feel supported, especially during the holidays. While we at Adoption Choices of Arizona offer support it is also beneficial to branch out and find different kinds of support that work the best for your day-to-day life post the adoption process.
One of the easiest ways to find support during your child’s adoption process is to ask loved ones around you for help and to lean on them. It may seem intimidating at first to lean on others, but creating a support system of loved ones can bring a level of comfort that just talking to a counselor or therapist may not be able to provide.
On the topic of therapists and counselors, you should also reach out to your Adoption Choices of Arizona counselor for any kind of support you may need. No matter if it’s emotional or financial, your counselor provided by Adoption Choices of Arizona will be able to offer support as well as answers to any questions. This is a part of the post-placement support that we offer during the adoption process. You should also reach out and find a long-term counselor and/or therapist if you find comfort in talking to someone outside of your loved ones. Finding the right counselor or therapist can be an integral part of the healing process. They can offer an unbiased connection and support that might not be given to anyone else.
You may also want to find people who have experienced something similar to you. Finding adoption support groups can be a great way to find support from people who have participated in adoption nearby and can understand better than anyone what you are going through. These support groups can range from ones focused on birth mothers to groups consisting of children who have gone through the process of child adoption. Finding the right group for you is not as hard as it may seem. You can always reach out to us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or your counselor and ask for help getting connected to the group that will be the most beneficial to you.
Remember, You Are Not Alone on Your Adoption Journey
The adoption process can be a long, anxiety-inducing process, especially during the holiday season. However, it is important to remember that you are not alone. At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we are here to help 24/7, both during and post-adoption.