All About The Adoption Process

By Nicole Hatton

Are you a birth mother who recently got news of an unplanned pregnancy or just considering adoption? Are you curious to learn more about what your options are? There is a lot to think about when it comes to adoption. However, at Adoption Choices of Colorado, we can provide you with adoption info and guide you through the adoption process. We understand that it can be overwhelming to process not just logistically, but emotionally as well. We want you to keep in mind that giving your baby up for adoption is not giving up on them or yourself. Adoption shows that you are a loving and caring mother. Keep reading to learn more about the steps needed to complete the adoption process and the resources that are available.

Deciding If Adoption Is Right For You

When making the decision to do adoption, it’s important to consider your circumstances to know if it’s the right decision for you. Parenting is a major time commitment and you will have to be prepared to adjust your schedule. You should also reflect on how much money you would be able to spend on your baby and yourself. If this is too much while balancing a personal life, adoption may be your best option. If you’re unsure about anything at any point in the adoption process, our specialists at Adoption Choices of Colorado will be ready to help. Additionally, you can look into different local adoption agencies which can help you decide as well. The various adoption agencies in Colorado may have different guidelines or ways of doing things. Make sure to pick one that you are comfortable with and trust to guide you through the adoption process.

Furthermore, there are other perks that come with choosing adoption. By choosing adoption, you can continue to focus on other aspects of your life while knowing that your child is being cared for. If you are facing difficult life circumstances such as homelessness, incarnation, or other things, adoption may be a good decision for you. Many families would love to have a child, and you can make that possible for them. Every birth mother goes on their own unique adoption journey and will follow different timelines. Take the time to consider whether you are ready to become a parent or not. However, still keep in mind that you will have support if you make it last minute. If you would like to learn more, feel free to check out our other adoption stories and resources at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

The Adoption Process Steps

After deciding on an adoption agency that you would feel comfortable with, the first step is to contact that agency. After contacting your agency, you will need to meet with an adoption specialist who can guide you through different aspects of adoption. These things can include creating a budget for financial assistance, establishing a birth plan, choosing an adoptive family, and more. They are also useful for ongoing counseling and emotional support. After planning things out with your adoption specialist, the next step would be relinquishing your baby after giving birth. However, you can also do last minute hospital adoption and still receive support if you decide on adoption late. After going through these steps in the adoption process, you can still receive post placement support and counseling. We will be there with you to make sure that you are confident with your decision in the end. Even if it is months or years after the adoption, we understand that the experience can still impact you. We can also help connect you to a support group to share stories and experiences from your adoption journey. 

Three Different Adoption Options

When doing adoption, you must choose which adoption option you prefer the most. Your three different options are open, semi-open, and closed adoption. If you would like to still have a connection with your baby, open or semi-open adoption would be your adoption options. You can decide who will be the adoptive family if you choose an open adoption. With this option, you can have a sense of reassurance that your child is safe and healthy. If you would like the rest of your family and birth father to be involved, they could as well. Choosing open adoption also allows you to share family history and medical records which could be beneficial for your child. Being involved this way can lessen the feeling of loss and help your child understand their adoption and themselves better. However, if you aren’t comfortable with that level of openness, semi-open adoption helps you establish boundaries while still having a connection.

If you prefer to not have any connection, you can opt for a closed adoption. This means that you won’t be able to communicate with your child and the adoptive family. You would not visit, exchange letters and pictures, share family history or medical information, and more. This option may be best for you if you prefer to maintain your privacy. It is also understandable if it is too painful to keep that connection.

Being Confident With Choosing Adoption

Placing your baby up for adoption is not giving up on your baby or yourself. If you are still unsure about choosing adoption or nervous about the process, we will support you. Adoption Choices of Colorado is ready to help you before, during, and after the adoption. Take the time that you need to decide if it is right for you, and we’ll be ready. Feel free to check out our other birth mother resources on a variety of topics as well.

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