Adoption Today: Changes Seen When Choosing Adoption in CO

By Blessing E. Ikhimokpa

Adoption has been around for many years. The way a birth mother would place their birth child up for adoption now. It wouldn’t be the same as someone 20 years ago. Times have changed and so have the laws regarding birth mothers. Over the years, more private adoption agencies have come into place. For example, our agency. Adoption Choices of Colorado is a private adoption agency that lets the birth parents control their adoption process. If they decide, they would like our agency to take over instead. They have that option.

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

What does modern adoption look like?

When birth mothers are pregnant and considering adoption, go to an adoption agency and create an adoption plan. An adoption plan is a plan that goes over what the birth parents need to do during the adoption process. Which is: 

  • 1st: Contact an adoption agency
  • 2nd: Work with an adoption agent to create an adoption plan
  • 3rd: Birth/Hospital plan

Compared to back in the day. Birth mothers can choose whether they’d like to keep in contact. Back then when a birth mother would place their birth child up for adoption. That would be the end. They wouldn’t see the birth child until later on in life when the birth child decides to reach out. Now birth parents can talk to the adoptive parents. To get to know them and know that their birth child will be in safe hands. Closed adoption used to be the common route birth mothers would take. Instead of knowing how the birth child is, they’d rather cut ties. As of now, open adoption is the most common. Since birth mothers want to have a relationship with their birth children. Outside of taking care of them. 

How did CO adoption change over the years?

Back in the day, when children would be adopted. It would be by wealthy families looking to adopt boys. To make them wealthy. Since it was common for wealthy households to have wealthy sons so they could take over. When birth mothers would place their birth children up for adoption, it would be because they couldn’t afford to take care of them anymore since birth mothers back in the day had multiple children. Nowadays, people adopt birth children because they’re looking to start a family. Since they’re unable to do so by themselves. Adoption used to be something that was looked down on. Now it’s something to talk about since you’re giving children a chance at a new life. 

What are the three options birth mothers have when dealing with an unplanned pregnancy?

If someone was dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and didn’t want to place their birth child up for adoption. They had three choices. To raise the child, terminate the pregnancy, or place them up for adoption. Depending on the laws in their state. They were able to go through with terminating their pregnancy. But now, after Roe v. Wade was taken away. Some birth mothers were thinking of terminating their pregnancy when it was legal. Aren’t able to since it’s illegal. 

Was it harder to place a child up for adoption 20 years ago in Colorado?

Placing a child up for adoption can be emotionally hard. But placing up for adoption, in general, is not a hard process. Depending if the birth parents decide to work with a private adoption or not. Will determine their experience. If birth parents decide to work with a private Adoption agency. Then they would be able to control who the birth child will end up with. While also having the opportunity to form a relationship with the adoptive parents as well. If birth parents decide to work with a public adoption agency. Which is foster care. They won’t be able to control their experience. 

Is it easier to place a child up for CO adoption today than in the past?

Yes, it is easier for birth parents to work with private adoption agencies. Private adoption agencies offer birth parents the chance to spend time with the birth child. While also being able to keep in touch with the adoptive parents. Depending on the Adoption agency, they offer assistance to birth mothers during their pregnancy and after. 

If the birth parents decide they would like to receive counseling. It is available. But if they decide they don’t want to counsel after the adoption process. They have the option to refuse it. Counseling is a service that is offered, not forced onto birth parents. For birth mothers looking for a local adoption agency in their city. They could visit Denver Adoption for birth mothers that live in Denver.

In the private adoption process, birth parents can:

  • Choose an adoption type
  • Pick and review the adoptive parents 
  • Figure out how much assistance they would need
  • Create a hospital/birth plan
  • Decide if they would like to receive counseling after the adoption process

Looking for more insight on how adoption has changed over the years? 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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