What should I Include in My Adoption Plan as a Birth Mother?
You’ve decided to place your baby for adoption. The application is filled out, and you’ve met with your assigned adoption caseworker. At your next meeting, your adoption caseworker says it’s time to officially begin your adoption journey by creating an adoption plan as a birth mother. You can’t help but stare blankly. Thoughts race in your mind. Where do I even begin? What should I include in my adoption plan? What’s most important?
At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we have a variety of resources available to you as a birth mother. This includes a detailed adoption plan that you can customize according to your needs. If you know what you’re looking for or what you want out of your adoption journey, be sure to let your adoption caseworker know this. If you don’t have a clue where to start or what to include, that is okay too. Your adoption caseworker is your resource and adoption guru for this. They will support you every step of the way!
Where do I even Begin with My Adoption Plan?
Research can go a long way towards helping you figure out the adoption process. Most people don’t think about adoption until they are in a situation where they need to think about it, so it’s perfectly acceptable to brush up on the latest adoption literature. You can find plenty of websites, articles, books, and other forms of media to help inform and guide you. Just make sure your resources are current so you aren’t confused. In other words, you likely want to know how the adoption process works today — not how it worked fifty years ago.
Where do I Find Support When Creating My Adoption Plan?
Adoption Choices of Colorado offers plenty of counseling and aims to help you through the adoption process with as little extra stress as possible. It’s also recommended that you find support in your own circle, whether it is a family member or someone else that you are close to. There is no reason you should experience placing your child for adoption alone.
How much Choice do I have When it Comes to who takes Care of My Child?
Your input is incredibly important when it comes to selecting a potential adoptive family. You have qualities you value and we work to find a fit for those. We condense information about adoptive families for you, so that you can easily process what will be best for you. Adoptive families also include a more personalized “Dear Birth Mother” letter in their profile books, so that you can really get a sense for what sort of households they run.
Every adoptive family goes through extensive background checks and home visits, so you can be sure that you are dealing with responsible individuals.
What if I want to See My Child?
There are three types of adoption: open, semi-open and closed. Each one has its own set of openness, depending on what you’re looking for and how involved you want to be in your child’s life. If you are hoping to watch your child grow, interact with him or her, and get to know your child’s adoptive parents, talk to your adoption caseworker about open and semi-open adoption. It is entirely your choice which route you take. Placing your child for adoption does not mean you have to be out of the loop.
How do I Plan for actually Giving Birth?
This is one of the most important parts of your adoption plan as a birth mother. You should first consider the hospital that will work best for you, based on a number of factors, including proximity to your home. Think about how you want to get to the hospital and who you want to come and support you. Pain management is another important aspect of giving birth and it’s a good idea to be prepared before you go into labor.
How do I Maximize My Comfort during Birth?
Comfort means different things for different people. You should pack a bag with necessities, like extra clothing, a toothbrush, and other similar items. However, it might also be beneficial to pack things that help pass the time or distract you. That might mean some form of entertainment, like a book or an electronic device. In this day and age, a cell phone will probably be very important if you want to be connected to your loved ones and the outside world. Be sure to make a list ahead of time and check it off as you begin to pack the items you want.
What Else can I do to Fill out My Adoption Plan as a Birth Mother?
Adoption Choices of Colorado is an excellent resource and adoption agency. Our website has frequently asked questions and gives you the ability to reach out to us directly. You can do this through phone or our contact forms online.
Adoption can be a difficult emotional process, but having a plan will surely ease your mind and help you face any challenges head-on. We are here to help you have the smoothest transition possible and are very excited to walk with 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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