Choosing to place your baby for adoption is the beginning of a journey for you as a birth parent. Though it can be emotional, we believe that the adoption process should be as straight-forward and transparent as possible. Focus on your healthy pregnancy and allow your adoption agency to guide you through the entire process.
This is a basic guideline of what the adoption process is like for birth parents.
Choose an Agency
This first step is one of the most important. You want an agency with friendly, compassionate staff members who are available to answer your questions. Make sure they offer counseling and support before, during, and after the adoption process. While you may not see the need for counseling now, you may find it important further down the line and it will help you to get through the process and move forward successfully.
Create an Adoption Plan
Your birth parent counselor will help you understand the different types of adoption including semi-open and open adoption. When it comes to semi-open and open adoptions, no two cases are exactly alike. If you’d like to pursue an open or semi-open adoption, your counselor will help you create a plan that works for you and the adoptive family. In order to ensure that the process goes smoothly and you feel in control, we recommend creating a thorough adoption plan. This is something that you will work with your caseworker on, but you can get a head start on it.
Know What Resources Are Available to You
The birth mother does not have to worry about the costs associated with adoption. When you choose adoption, any medical costs associated with the pregnancy are covered by private insurance, the state, and/or the adoptive parents. Court approved, pregnancy-related living expenses can help you throughout your pregnancy, and the agency can help you arrange transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and work, amongst other necessary errands.
Choose an Adoptive Family
That’s right: you get to select the family that raises your child. Based on the preferences you indicate (like religion, family size, etc.), we will find the families that suit your needs. From there, you’ll study their profiles to learn more about who they are and what they can offer your child. Doing this, you’ll be able to ensure that your child grows up in the environment and by the people that you feel are best for him or her.
All adoptive families are carefully screened before they reach this point, so you know your child will be living in a safe, healthy environment.
Complete the Paperwork
We know how intimidating the legal process can seem, but that’s what we do! We’re here to guide you through it step-by-step, so you can focus on your pregnancy. The adoption isn’t finalized until after the baby has been placed with the adoptive family and the family has completed the post-placement supervision process. This ensures that both the baby and the adoptive family are thriving. You can feel confident that the child will be under the care of a great family that wants nothing else than to love and nurture him or her.
On Going Support and Counseling
Support for your decision doesn’t end when the adoption is finalized. We are committed to being a resource for you as you move on with your life after the adoption. This never ends or expires, once you place your child through Adoption Choices of Colorado, we are here for you forever.
Follow Through with Your Adoption Plan
In an open or semi-open adoption, you will have created a plan for letters and possibly phone calls and visits. You will be free to follow through with that plan with the help and guidance of the agency, keeping in mind that both you and the adoptive parents may choose to make changes to that plan as the child grows and his or her needs change.
At Adoption Choices of Colorado, our first mission is to help you decide if adoption is the right choice for you and your baby. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, we invite you to contact us to learn more about all of your options and to ask any additional questions you might have about what the adoption process is like for birth parents. At that point, if you choose adoption, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect adoptive family for your child.