If you are pregnant and considering adoption, the first step is to educate yourself about the adoption process and your options. Here are some steps you can take:
- Consider your feelings: Think about how you feel about adoption and how it may affect you emotionally. It's important to be honest with yourself about your feelings and talk with someone you trust about your decision.
- Learn about your options: There are different types of adoptions, including open, semi-open, and closed adoptions. Each type of adoption involves different levels of contact with the adoptive family and your child. Learn about your options and decide what is best for you and your child.
- Find a reputable adoption agency: Look for a licensed adoption agency (Gladney Center for Adoption has been an adoption agency for over 135 years) that can provide you with information and support throughout the adoption process. You can research different adoption agencies online or ask for referrals from a healthcare provider, a social worker, or a counselor.
- Speak with an adoption counselor: Many adoption agencies have trained adoption counselors who can help you explore your feelings and options. They can provide you with non-judgmental support and help you make informed decisions about your adoption plan.
- Create an adoption plan: Once you have decided on adoption, you can work with your adoption agency and personal caseworker and create an adoption plan that outlines your wishes for the adoption process, including the type of family you would like to choose for your child, the level of contact you would like to have with the adoptive family and your child, and any other preferences you may have.
Remember that the decision to place your child for adoption is a personal one, and it is important to take the time you need to make an informed decision that feels right for you and your child.
If you'd like to talk with an adoption counselor now, please call or text 817-859-8492. They are here to listen and to help you.