what does adoption look like?
The first thing to know about adoption is that much has changed over the years. Today the adoption process empowers the birth parents with countless choices. A woman considering this option is able to choose the family, where they live, family interests and hobbies, religious background, the options are plentiful. Plus, birth parents can also choose how involved they are in their child’s life. There are an estimated 2 million families waiting each year to adopt a child.
Adoption is a parenting choice that can be rewarding. How do parents make this choice? By being informed of the many options available to them as birth parents. Whether you’re a single mom or a couple contemplating placing your child with a couple, there are many things to consider. Questions you have may include:
Can I choose the family for my baby?
How much contact can I have with my baby after the birth and after adoption?
Does the baby’s father have any rights?
Can I get help with medical and living expenses while making an adoption plan?
Is there pregnancy counseling before, during and after birth?
Understanding your options is the first step. This is a choice that you need to think about carefully, and if you’re not ready to parent, adoption may be the right choice for you. At the Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic you can talk about your options and have a respectful and honest conversation…even when it’s not easy.
We can connect you to valuable resources to learn more about adoption. Here are some of our favorites: