Who Can Help Me Create an Adoption Plan in Colorado?
One of the first steps in the adoption process is creating an adoption plan. If you’re considering adoption as an option for you and your baby, it’s important to know your decisions. An adoption plan gives the birth mother an outline of what she wants for her child in her adoption journey. This can include the level of openness she would like in the adoption, which counselor she wants to assist her during the process, and a hospital/birth plan for her due date.
Creating an adoption plan contains many necessary decisions to ensure that your baby, along with you as the birth mother, will be in the best care. It can be difficult to navigate and can be stressful when facing alone. With our adoption agency in Colorado, we walk with the birth mother through the adoption process and guide her in making this plan. If you believe adoption in Colorado is the right choice, our counselors can help you create an adoption plan for your baby.
Scheduling a meeting with Adoption Choices
The first step in the adoption process in Colorado is to contact an adoption agency. At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we have a 24/7 team professionally trained and dedicated to guiding the birth mother through her adoption journey. You can contact one of our staff through a short web form on the Adoption Choices of Colorado website. If you are considering adoption and want to start making an adoption plan, we encourage you to reach out to us. After setting up an initial consultation, we will begin to work on creating your adoption plan.
Creating Your Adoption Plan
What exactly is an adoption plan? What does a birth mother have to decide on specifically? An adoption plan simply outlines what you would like for your baby in your journey. It benefits birth mothers by allowing your counselor to guide them through the process and advocate for their decisions. This way, we’ll be able to make the process easier for you to choose options that are best for your baby. In an adoption plan, the birth mother can:
- Decide on the level of openness she would like between herself and the adoptive family (open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption)
- Determine preferences for potential adoptive families with the help of her counselor
- Review family profiles and choose an adoptive family
- Opt into support services, including medical, financial, and mental health support
- Create a hospital/birth plan for your baby’s due date
- Put your adoption plan in writing after adoption occurs in a Post-Adoption Agreement
Each decision you make in your adoption plan is yours to choose only. Even so, giving your baby up for adoption is not easy. With Adoption Choices of Colorado, our specialists have previously helped many other birth mothers in the adoption process. They can assist you and guide you in making these decisions.
Preparing For Your Baby’s Adoption
The decision to choose adoption is life-changing. It can seem like your plan needs to be set in stone early on in the adoption process. However, we encourage you to take your time when constructing your adoption plan. The birth mother should make the appropriate decisions based on what she believes is best for the child, which may take some time to think about. Your hospital plan, doctor visits, and adoptive family–are just some of many matters to consider. We want you to trust your decision-making and consider what you would like for your child.
However, in your adoption journey, you may not stick with all of the decisions made in your original plan–and that’s okay. When you come to a point where you may be unsure, your counselor can help you going forward. For your adoption plan, it can be helpful for you to lay out your most important commitments in a written document called the Post-Adoption Agreement. It allows our agency and the adoptive parents to ensure they are on the same wavelength as the birth mother.
What Happens Once the Baby is Born?
When the baby is here, you’ll need to transfer the parental rights to the adoptive parents by providing your consent for adoption. Usually, in Colorado, the birth mother can perform this by legally consenting to court. In this step, your counselor will explain your options and help you with adoptive legal paperwork, along with creating the best hospital plan for you.
After the Adoption
Once placement occurs, your baby will be welcomed into their new adoptive family. If you choose a more open adoption, the adoptive family will keep in contact with you. They may give you updates on how your child is growing up through pictures, videos, phone calls, and possibly even in-person visits.
With Adoption Choices of Colorado, your child will be loved in their new home. However, as a birth mothers, we understand that it can be a difficult, emotional time for you. You may feel overwhelmed and exhausted from the stress of your journey. You may even be dealing with guilt, regret, or sadness. At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we offer counseling services to birth mothers needing support post-adoption. You can opt into these services when making your adoption plan or whenever you need. The adoption journey may be over, but it’s the beginning of an additional journey of healing and recovery.
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.