How to Involve Your Family in Your Adoption Plan
You have entered the adoption process, but it’s a little scary on your own. What should you do? Well, if you’re looking for some assistance, a lot of birth mothers try to involve their families or the people closest to them. It never hurts to have a support team, especially if you’re experiencing something new that you know very little about.
Here are some ideas about how to involve your family in your adoption plan and what roles they can potentially take up to ease your worries:
How do I Approach my Family about being Involved in My Adoption Journey?
It might be intimidating, but just ask! Usually, it’s good to be direct if you want help. There’s, unfortunately, a lot of social stigma hovering over adoption, despite that the large majority of adoptions are success stories.
If you have a large, hands-on family, it might be a good idea to just pick one or two people to come with you on your adoption journey. There’s a balance you should probably find — you don’t want to be overwhelmed because you feel like you have no support, but you also don’t want to be overwhelmed because you feel like you have too much support. Work on finding what fits for you.
What Parts of the Adoption Process can My Family Help With?
There are so many potential areas of the adoption process where your family could help out. Outside of just emotional support, they can be present for a lot of the logistical stuff. There’s counseling available to you and the people close to you. There’s also picking out an adoptive family, planning a hospital stay for the birth of your child, and working with your adoption caseworker. Although you get the final say when it comes to the care of your child, family input can be very important.
Here at Adoption Choices of Colorado, we always work to create a smooth experience for you, and one of our first suggestions to help with that right away is in making sure you begin to set up your own personal support team.
What Should I do if My Family has very Little or No Interest in My Adoption Journey?
Not having the support of your family can be difficult. We understand that not at all families will be supportive of your choice. If this is the case, and you feel that you can’t reach out or talk to your family about your adoption journey, it’s totally okay to talk with your adoption caseworker.
While you may not be related by blood, your adoption caseworker will help you choose the path that works best for you. As mentioned before, there is also counseling available. You can talk through anything confusing or stressful that you are facing before, during, and after the adoption process. Our adoption counselors at Adoption Choices of Colorado are well-equipped and have worked with a number of birth mothers before, so they can talk to you about options that may have helped others in the past.
There have also been plenty of birth mothers who have put trust in close friends or important people in their lives that they are not related to in any way. If a family support team isn’t working out, sometimes family can be found elsewhere. What matters most is that you are able to get through the adoption process and have the level of control and emotional strength you deserve.
What Should I Do if I Still Have More Questions?
If you would like to learn more about how to involve your family in your adoption plan, you can always visit Adoption Choices of Colorado and reach out to us through our contact form on the main website page. Everyone needs support, especially if they are someone who is new to the adoption process. As you gather your own family to help you out, we hope to be the additional family in your back pocket, ready to assist you.
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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