Why Should I Create An Adoption Plan?
Creating an adoption plan is one of the most important parts of the adoption process. Many first-time birth mothers who have never placed a child up for adoption or know much about the adoption process have no idea where to even begin. There are a lot of important decisions to be made, and it can all start to feel extremely overwhelming. The last thing you should have to do during your pregnancy is be stressed about how to plan your adoption. Creating an organized, clear, and set plan that you feel comfortable with will help you ultimately be more confident in your decision to go with adoption. You don’t have to do it alone either. Adoption specialists at Adoption Choices of Colorado are ready to assist you from day one and will stick with you throughout your entire pregnancy. Together, you and an adoption specialist can create a plan that works for you.
What is an adoption plan?
An adoption plan is a detailed list that indicates preferences and wishes for your adoption journey. This includes:
- Type of adoption you want: Open, semi-open, or closed. Please refer to our website, which has articles to talk about the difference between these three and what each one entails.
- Preferences or non-negotiables for the baby’s potential adoptive family (race, type of family, household income, religious views, personal beliefs, etc.) However, based on the type of adoption you go with, your involvement in the decision-making process for the adoptive family may differ. If you will still be involved in the child’s life and connected with the adoptive family, you will most likely have more say as opposed to if you decide to have no contact or connection with the adoptive family.
- Support system throughout your pregnancy: This includes if you will need any financial support, transportation support, sheltering, or counseling, as well as contacts for friends, partners, family members, or adoption representatives who will be involved in helping you or be a part of the decision making process.
- Hospital & birth plan: This will entail where you plan to give birth, who you would like with you, how you plan to get to the hospital, and any support you will need after giving birth.
What are the benefits of an adoption plan?
There are so many benefits to creating an adoption plan. Not only will it allow you to have a detailed plan of the months leading up to giving birth, but it will also ensure that you are getting the most out of your adoption journey and increase your chances of placing your baby for adoption in the exact home you wish for. This can also ease a lot of stress, help you prepare for what type of support you will need, and make you feel more confident and comfortable in your decisions. The best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is getting a head start on planning in case there are any bumps along the way, as changes do happen and things do not always go as planned.
Where do I start with my adoption plan?
While this can all feel extremely overwhelming and possibly even scary, the first place you can start is by getting in touch with an adoption agency in Colorado representative who can help you get connected to counselors, doctors, and potential adoptive families. Our website offers a number and email to get in touch with a representative at any time. A simple email or phone call will put you on the path to a successful and happy adoption journey. The earlier you reach out for support, the sooner you will be able to stress less and feel comfortable during your pregnancy. Adoption Choices of Colorado wants you to feel supported, safe, and confident in every step of your adoption process.
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.
Meet the Author: Allie Nowak is in her senior year of undergrad at Illinois State University studying public relations, with a minor in health & wellness coaching. She is extremely passionate about writing, digital content creating, and all things related to lifestyle & wellness. In her free time, she enjoys serving as editor-in-chief and publishing articles for her university’s chapter of Her Campus, the nation’s largest media platform for college women. You can also find her spending time with friends and family, traveling, reading, and walking her two golden doodles. She currently lives in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago where she was born and raised.