6 Different Types of People You Need on Your Adoption Team
Choosing to place your baby for adoption may be one of the bravest decisions that you make as a soon-to-be birth mother, but it may also be one of the most difficult. You’re going to need an entire team behind you to make the next very pivotal steps in your life. From friends and family to adoption and medical professionals, each choice you make in the adoption process will require extra support for every facet of your life.
Fortunately, Adoption Choices of Colorado is here to help. We understand the emotions and stresses that the adoption process can bring, and how lonely the adoption journey can feel at times. That’s why it’s important to know that you are not alone. Here are the six different types of people you need on your adoption team to help ensure that you have a very successful and positive adoption journey.
1. Other Birth Mothers
Experience is definitely one of the best teachers — especially with something as emotionally taxing as placing your child for adoption. For this reason, having someone in your corner who has walked along a similar path is optimal to get through the ups and downs of the adoption process. Of course, your situation might not be the exact same as theirs, but they’ll still have insight that the average individual might not. Ask them about how placing their child up for adoption affected them, and what they would do differently now if they were in your shoes.
Adoption specialists and resources like Adoption Choices of Colorado would be more than happy to connect you with our partner, Lifetime Healing, a support group dedicated to helping birth mothers. They meet on a monthly basis and welcome anyone who has experienced the adoption journey.
2. An Adoption Counselor
If you aren’t sure what to do, or want to research your options more, you may want to speak with an adoption counselor. Someone who can listen, help you understand your thoughts and feelings and guide you to the best decision for you and your baby. You do not have to be completely committed to the idea of placing your baby for adoption to make an appointment.
Our adoption agency offers you free counseling services, where you will have a safe, confidential and nonjudgmental environment to express your emotions and learn information that can educate you on all perspectives regarding your unplanned pregnancy options. These sessions are available to any immediate family members or the child’s birth father, if they would like someone to talk to as well. After the adoption has been finalized, you can still meet with an adoption counselor for post-placement emotional support.
3. Your Doctor
Your physical well-being, as well as the health of the child, is vitally important. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure that you stay in constant contact with your doctor throughout your pregnancy and adoption journey. Be sure, also, that you attend all the routine checkups, ultrasound appointments and pay attention to any prenatal care advice your doctor gives you.
Your doctor and healthcare providers will be your best resource in letting you know how to have a healthy pregnancy, and to ensure that both you and your baby stay safe and happy. So, if you have any questions or concerns about your specific circumstances, be sure to consult with your doctor.
4. Your Friends and Family
The adoption journey may be fraught with ups and downs — good days and bad. This is why one of the types of people you need on your adoption team should be your friends and family. If you aren’t comfortable telling all of them, that’s completely okay. You don’t need to feel pressured to do so. Yet, having a trusted friend or close family member to have your back in the tougher moments can make all the difference in the world.
Even if your friends and family members aren’t necessarily your rock during your adoption journey, they can and should still be vital parts of making it through. They may not have all of the answers that you need or think you need on this journey, but they can be there to pick up the slack for when life gets too hard. This can involve things like cooking or picking up a meal for you when you’re too tired to do so for yourself, or taking care of some of your day-to-day chores. Most importantly, though, your friends and family should stand by your decisions and support you, no matter what.
5. Your Partner or Spouse
The biggest source of strength, compassion, and encouragement can be your partner or spouse — your proverbial teammate. They can be your:
- Your shoulder for you to cry on: who listens to your every issue and fear, even when doing so seems insurmountable.
- Your cheerleader: who rejoices with you in the good times and the victories you’ll experience throughout your adoption journey.
- Your anchor: who is there to keep you grounded in times of grief. To remind you why you placed your baby for adoption, and how selfless, loving and brave you are for doing so.
6. Your Adoptive Family
Although it might seem strange to imagine, remember that you are helping adoptive parents’ dreams come true by allowing them to raise and love your child. Once you select them as your child’s adoptive parents, they become part of your extended family. Thus, depending on what type of adoption you choose to pursue, they can and should be part of your adoption journey. Whether that’s giving them updates on your pregnancy or letting them come to your doctor’s appointments with you, that’s all up to you to decide when you’re creating your adoption plan.
If you choose an open or semi-open adoption, you will have the opportunity to keep the prospective adoptive family in the loop about everything that you’re going through. This way, they will know how they can best support you and help you through the adoption journey as well. The closer you all become before the baby is born, the stronger and more successful your lives together will be after the adoption has been finalized.
Types of People You Need on Your Adoption Team
There’s nothing worse than having to go through a big life-changing decision and feeling like there’s no one around to help you. Yet, when you place your baby for adoption, you will never have to feel this way. You will be surrounded by support, encouragement, comfort and anything else that you need.
Our goal at Adoption Choices of Colorado to make sure that both you and your baby are well taken care of, and that you have the most positive and empowering adoption journey possible.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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