3 Things to Consider When Creating Your Adoption Plan in Texas
If you are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, the adoption process can be a very overwhelming experience. While the idea of adoption may seem simple, there are actually many important decisions that go into making an adoption plan that works for you and your child. It is good to remember that an adoption plan is not one-size-fits-all, but each one is unique and customized by you as the birth mother.
At Adoption Choices of Texas, we want you to feel supported and informed along every step of your adoption journey. If you are a pregnant woman in Texas considering adoption or beginning your adoption journey, we are here to help you through the adoption process and answer any questions you may have.
- What Do I Want My Child’s Adoptive Family to Be Like?
When you are choosing an adoptive family for your child, there are many considerations you have to make as the birth mother. You must ask yourself whether or not you want your child and their adoptive family to live nearby, or whether you want your child to be raised in a cultural environment that is similar to your own. It is also important to consider the values that your child’s adoptive family believes in, as they may very likely influence how your child is raised.
After deciding what you want your child’s adoptive family to look like, you can discuss your adoption preferences with your adoption caseworker. You will then be able to view some prospective adoptive parent profiles, which will give you an idea of who the family is through pictures, as well as written descriptions. Once you have chosen your child’s adoptive family, you may even be able to meet them in person and build a relationship before your child is born, depending on the type of adoption you choose.
- Should My Adoption Plan Be Open or Closed?
As the birth mother, you will have the option to choose whether your child’s adoption is open or closed. In an open adoption, you will be able to remain in contact with your child and his or her adoptive family, and the form of communication is entirely up to you and the adoptive family. In fact, an open adoption can include a number of options, from simply sharing pictures to regular in-person meetings.
If you decide on a closed adoption, however, you will not maintain contact with your child or his adoptive family after birth. A closed adoption may be right for you if you need a sense of closure following the birth of your child, or if you have concerns for yours or your child’s privacy and safety. Within a closed adoption, the adoption record often remains sealed, and neither your child nor their adoptive family will have access to them. While closed adoptions have become significantly less popular in recent years, there are still many reasons why this option may seem beneficial. It is important to remember that as the birth mother, the choice is entirely up to you, but Adoption Choices of Texas is here to help you consider your options.
- How Do I Want My Child’s Birth to Go?
While your child’s birth is a very important part of your adoption process, it can often be an emotional experience. Because of this, it is important that you put some thought into what would make you more comfortable during your delivery. Some considerations might be whether or not you want your own family to be present at your child’s birth, or if you would like for the adoptive family to be with you. You may even want to spend some time alone with your child prior to their placement. As the birth mother, this decision is entirely up to you.
No matter what you choose for your child’s birth, it is important that you feel loved and supported throughout your labor. Whether this comes from your child’s adoptive family or your own, this can greatly influence both your pregnancy and your child’s birth. While it is important to remember that Adoption Choices of Texas will be here for you throughout your adoption journey, it is always nice to have the support of friends and family.
Creating an Adoption Plan in Texas
Creating an adoption plan in Texas that works for you and your child can be a very difficult experience. While there are many important decisions that go into creating your adoption plan, Adoption Choices of Texas is here to help you in any way we can. We understand that the adoption process can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate, but we want to make sure that you have a positive and rewarding adoption experience.
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
Meet the Author: Jennie Knuppel is a student at the University of Texas at Austin studying English Literature. She is currently enrolled in the English Honors Program, for which she is writing a thesis in comparative literature prior to graduating in the spring of 2022. Jennie has previously taken courses in literature and both creative and technical writing, and she spent four years working in her high school’s journalism department.
Jennie is also currently working as a barista, and, in her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and pets.