A number of women discover that they’re expecting when they least expect it. As a result, they turn to adoption agencies to make sure that their child won’t suffer the consequences of their actions. Adoption itself is a major decision for expectant mothers, so many of them prefer open adoptions than closed. This is to make sure that they’re involved in choosing who the adoptive parents will be. Here’s what you can expect from it before your baby is born:
Creating an Adoption Plan
People involved in your adoption — the social workers, facilitators, or counselors of your adoption agency — may hold as many meetings as possible to help you understand the process better. Heartstrings Adoptions, Parents.com, and other related sites noted that an adoption plan should describe what you want before and when your baby is born. This includes your role in choosing the adoptive family and the level of openness once your baby starts living with new parents.
Home Study and Selection
After choosing potential adoptive parents, the agency will conduct a home study and update you about the condition of your baby’s possible new home. The agency may also interview the parents and people close to them, conduct criminal and background checks, and review medical histories. In some cases, they make ask the adoptive parents to write you a “Dear Birth Mother” letter explaining why they could be a good parent for your child.
Training and Counseling
Adoption agencies may ask you and the adoptive parents to undergo training with mental health professionals. Based on your assessment, this may focus on specific aspects to make sure that it targets important attitudes you need to develop. As for counseling and other treatment, you may either join one-on-one therapy sessions or be part of a support group. This helps you deal with emotions you’ve been suffering since making the decision to have your child adopted.
The adoption process differs depending on the state, so it’s best to have an idea before giving up your legal parental rights. Know what to expect to decide if this is the right choice for you and your child.