Teen Pregnancy: Choosing Adoption at 13, 14, 15…

By Nicole Hatton

Did you receive news of an unplanned pregnancy and are unsure of what to do? Well, Adoption Choices of Colorado can help you with whatever you need! Whether it is guiding you through the adoption process or providing you with extra resources, we’ve got you. If you’re considering adoption, we can guide you through your adoption options and create a plan with you. We understand that adoption is a big decision and can feel overwhelming. Even at a young age, you have a right to make decisions with every aspect of your adoption. We will not judge you or place any kind of prejudice against you being a teenager. Choosing adoption shows that you are loving and care for your child’s best interest. Keep reading to learn more about the adoption process and the resources that are available to you.

Requirements For Adoption

There are no specific requirements for adoption in Colorado. You don’t need to be at a certain age or point in your life to do an adoption for your baby. In order to place a baby up for adoption, you will need to provide legal consent. This is typically done in writing in front of a judge, court agent, or a notary public. There is no specific wait time after the birth of your baby, but it cannot be before the birth. In Colorado, birth mothers must provide their consent for adoption after the baby is born. When you give consent, you should give it voluntarily because you shouldn’t be forced to choose adoption. You do not need to have a partner, either. For other legal requirements, you can work with an adoption agency in Colorado to guide you through the rest of the process.

Adoption Process Steps

After deciding that you want to place your baby up for adoption, the first step is to contact an agency. At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we have got you covered but you can also check out other adoption agencies in Colorado. After deciding on an adoption agency, you will work with an adoption specialist to create an adoption plan. This plan includes creating a budget for financial assistance, choosing a level of openness, and establishing a hospital plan. You can also review family profiles if you want to do an open adoption. You will also discuss free counseling services, which are ongoing and receiving emotional support.

The next step would be giving birth to your child and relinquishing them to the adoptive family. After placement, you can continue receiving communication and support from Adoption Choices of Colorado. We understand that adoption is an important decision and may still affect you emotionally. It can be a lot to handle and process, but we will be there with you.

Adoption Options (Open, Semi-Open, and Closed)

During the adoption process, we will work with you to decide on which adoption option you would like to do. You can do open, semi-open, or closed. For open adoption, you would keep in contact with the adoptive family. The amount and type of contact will be up to you and how much you’re comfortable with. Both parties must agree on this. In a fully open adoption, the adoptive family and birth parents exchange identifying information. You can also do occasional visits and exchange letters and pictures. This can be beneficial for you because you can continue to watch your child grow and have assurance that your child is safe. You can share social and medical information, which could potentially be beneficial for your child. The baby could also benefit by learning more about themselves through knowing you. 

The second type of adoption is semi-open adoption. This is similar to open adoption, but interaction is mainly through the government or adoption agency. Additionally, there will be limiting identifying information. However, you can still exchange photos and letters if you would like. This type of adoption can still give you reassurance that your child is being supported and growing. 

The last type of adoption is closed adoption. This means that you do not have contact with the adoptive family, and you will not exchange identifying information. You will not have contact with the family in the future either. You could still choose to see your baby in the hospital after birth, but you would not communicate later. This could be beneficial for you if you prefer to maintain your privacy. It may also be painful, and we understand that. However, the adoptive child may not have answers to some questions about their birth family.

Other Adoption Resources Available To You

At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we will be there to support you every step of the way and answer any questions. Besides creating an adoption plan and going with you through the process, we can also help you tell the birth father. We can even help you decide on baby names, discuss LGBT adoption, and more. If you’re still considering adoption, you can check out our blog for adoption stories. Feel free to check out our list of adoption resources as well or contact us. We are happy to help you with whatever you need before, during, and after the adoption.

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