3 Ways to Involve Your Family in Your Texas Adoption Plan
If you are reading this, you are probably experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. While pregnancy is certainly a blessing, it can often bring a number of challenges as well. As you navigate these difficult times, it is important to have a strong support system of family and friends. But you may be wondering: What if my family doesn’t support my adoption plan?
If this describes you, we want you to know that Adoption Choices of Texas will always support you and whatever you choose for your child. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to involve your family in your adoption plan.
- Talk with Your Family about Adoption
Many people are uncomfortable with adoption simply because they are not familiar with it. Maybe your family doesn’t know how the adoption process works, or they may not understand your reasons for choosing adoption. But by talking with your family, you can clear up many of their misconceptions.
First off, it is important that your family understands you are not “giving up” your child. Explain to them that you are, instead, providing him or her with a stable home environment, where he or she will be able to access the opportunities that may be unavailable to you. Second, help them understand that you are not giving up your right to maintain contact with your child. Let them know what type of adoption you have chosen for your child. If it’s open adoption, describe how this allows you to maintain contact with your child and the adoptive family. Third, your family will be more likely to support your decision if you explain your reasons for choosing adoption, as they will be able to better understand your perspective.
- Show Your Family the Adoptive Family You Selected
Showing your family the profile of the adoptive family you have chosen to raise your child can be a good way to ease their minds about the adoption process. Your family could even be a good source of advice when it comes time to choose an adoptive family, as multiple sets of eyes are always better than one.
If you are considering an open adoption, involving your family in the adoption process can be very beneficial for both your family and your child. By allowing your family to participate, they will have the opportunity to build a relationship with your child and his or her adoptive family following placement. Your family will then feel more confident that your child will be taken care of, and that your child will be able to maintain a close relationship with his or her birth family.
- Invite Your Family to Support You through Your Pregnancy
Inviting your family to support you throughout your pregnancy can be a great way to involve them in your adoption process. Not only will this allow your family to participate in your journey, but it will also provide you with the support system you need. Pregnancy can lead to a wide range of emotions for both you and your family, and it is important that you are able to support each other throughout your adoption process.
One way to involve your family is to invite them to go to your doctor’s appointment with you. Even if they are not allowed to enter with you, having them in the waiting room can still be very beneficial for you and remind you that you are not alone. Furthermore, if your family is actively involved in you and your child’s health, they may be more likely to understand your reasons for choosing adoption. Another great way to involve your family is to invite them to the hospital when it is time to give birth, as this can create an important support system for you and your family both during and after your child’s birth.
Involve Your Family in Your TX Adoption Plan
Choosing adoption for you and your child is never easy, so it is important that you are supported by family and friends throughout your pregnancy and adoption process.
Adoption Choices of Texas wants you to feel comfortable and supported throughout your adoption journey, and we will work to ensure that you are surrounded by the love you need. But, at the same time, we also know that it’s always nice to have friends and family cheering you on.
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 945-444-0333, text us at 945-444-0333, 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.