Open Adoption: What to Expect Before the Baby is Born

Child Adoption

Child AdoptionA 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.

3 Comments on Open Adoption: What to Expect Before the Baby is Born

  1. The first paragraph introduction says it all. That is exactly the reason why I decided to have my child adopted. I was young and naïve back then so instead of letting my baby girl live with all the hardships I gave her to a family who can give her a better life.

  2. Adoption counseling is really helpful. lucky for me my baby’s adoptive parents provided it to me for free. I was depressed for a long time cos I did not want to let go of my child but knowing that he is with a good family, I soon realize that I did the right decision.

  3. I’m currently in the process of reading all the Dear Birth Mother letters I received. They were all nice people so I told the social worker assigned to me that I should meet them all. Its better to know who will take care of my child.

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