Open Adoption with Lesbian Adoptive Parents in Colorado
When it comes to choosing what level of openness you want with your child’s adoptive parents, there are three different types to choose from: open, semi-open and closed. It’s important to understand what all these entail and what they can offer you and your child as you move forward in your adoption journey. If you aren’t sure, don’t worry! Your adoption caseworker will be more than happy to guide you through the options and help you determine which is the best fit.
Does open adoption with lesbian adoptive parents look any different than if you were to choose a single, transracial or heterosexual adoptive parent? No. Your child may gain different things and opportunities from each kind of adoptive family, but the agreement itself looks the same.
To LGBTQ Adoptive Parents
Adoption Choices of Colorado has a staff that is committed to providing equal opportunities for all prospective adoptive parents who walk through our doors. We have a strong policy against discrimination — regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation — and always treat our adoptive parents with the utmost respect. Our agency celebrates all families looking to adopt through the miracle of adoption and will be more than happy to help you in any way we can. Adoption is a difficult journey, but we want to make yours as positive and empowering as possible.
To Birth Mothers
It is a sad reality that the LGBTQ community is not supported by everyone. Many LGBTQ couples and indivudals look to adopt, as it is one of the only ways they can have children. As a birth mother placing her child for adoption, you are giving a hopeful LGBTQ couple or individual the opportunity to have a family and fulfilling their dreams of becoming a parent.
Beginning the Adoption Process
As a birth mother, you have the right to decide who is going to parent your child. Once you have worked out what you want your adoption journey to look like and outlined your expectations, your adoption caseworker will provide adoptive parent profiles for you to look through. In these, you will find information about each prospective adoptive parent’s homelife, education and work. This makes it easier for you to get a feel for their personality and decide what environment you want your child to grow up in.
We understand how difficult the process of letting go can be for birth mothers. That is why we offer free counseling services at any and every stage of the adoption process. Feel free to ask any questions you may have at any point, and address all your concerns. We are here to walk with you and support you every step of the way. There is also legal representation available, should your situation require it.
Advocating for Open Adoptions
Adoption Choices of Colorado advocates fully for open adoptions. You, as a birth mother, will have the opportunity to maintain contact with your child as he or she grows up in their adoptive family. When you enter into an open adoption with lesbian adoptive parents, you can be there to offer advice and answer any questions that the adoptee may have in the future. In addition, you can get to know your child’s adoptive parents and build a positive, healthy relationship with them. This will guarantee peace and harmony between you and your adoptee. This will also allow you to further your own life, knowing that your child is safe, loved, and growing into a wonderful human being.
Supporting and Understanding
LGBTQ adoptions increased substantially after 2015, when marriage equality laws were passed. Hopefully, in the future, LGBTQ adoptive parents will become more supported and accepted in our society, as there are so many loving same-sex couples and individuals who cherish your child with their whole hearts.
There are many fears people have about children who are raised by same-sex parents. These could include being subjected to “bullying” or an irrational fear that your child will “turn gay.” Yet, studies have shown that sexual orientation has no impact on one’s ability to parent and raise a child.
As a birth mother, you are doing what is right by giving your child the best chance at life possible. They will have the opportunity to grow up in a stable home, and to be in an environment where they can thrive and become the greatest version of themselves.
We understand that the decision to place your child for adoption can be heart-wrenchingly difficult. However, the journey between you, the adoptee, and the adoptive parent doesn’t have to end after placement. You can establish a beautiful friendship and remain a part of the adoptive family’s journey together, while advancing and elevating your own life.
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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