Adoption 101: The Adoption Process in Texas
As a birth mother in Texas, there are a lot of important considerations that go into making an adoption plan. You may be wondering what adoption will look like for you and your child or where even to start in creating your adoption plan. If you are feeling confused and overwhelmed, there is no need to worry, as this is actually extremely common for birth mothers in the adoption process.
At Adoption Choices of Texas, we understand that adoption can be a difficult journey, and we are here to support you.
The most difficult part of adoption is often knowing where to start. Here at Adoption Choices of Texas, our adoption counselors and caseworkers are here to help you throughout your adoption process and answer any questions you may have about your child’s adoption.
Choosing an Adoption Agency in Texas
One of the most important decisions of any adoption plan is choosing the agency you want to work with throughout your child’s adoption. Your adoption agency matters because they can often provide you with valuable resources and assistance as you prepare for your child’s placement. If you choose to work with Adoption Choices of Texas, you will be able to receive both financial and emotional support through our adoption counselors and caseworkers.
In choosing Adoption Choices of Texas, our expert adoption counselors and caseworkers can provide you with personalized advice as you create your adoption plan. Through your adoption caseworker, you can also receive assistance in many of the most important decisions of the adoption process, such as choosing an adoptive family and deciding how much contact you wish to remain between you and your child. Our Texas Adoption Center is also proud to offer financial assistance as you prepare for your child’s birth and placement. We will make sure that you can afford rent, groceries, transportation, phone service, and maternity clothing throughout your pregnancy, as well as any adoption counseling after your child’s placement.
Finding an Adoptive Family in Texas
Choosing your child’s adoptive family can often be a difficult decision. However, at Adoption Choices of Texas, we are here to offer support and assistance throughout the adoption process, including the important step of choosing an adoptive family. An adoption caseworker at our Texas Adoption Center will work with you to find the adoptive family that is right for you and your child.
Before you choose an adoptive family for your child, it is important to consider what kind of family you want your child to be raised in. Do you want them to live nearby? Should they share a similar culture or ethnicity with your child? These are all important considerations when you are choosing an adoptive family. After thinking about your adoption preferences, your adoption caseworker will show you some prospective adoptive parent profiles from which you can choose. Once you have chosen an adoptive family, you may even be able to meet them in-person and build a relationship with them prior to your child’s placement, depending on whether your adoption is open or closed.
Deciding the Amount of Contact Between You and Your Child
As the birth mother, you are able to choose how much contact you wish to maintain with your child and his or her adoptive family. Many birth mothers are choosing to place their child in an open, semi-open adoption, or an adoption arrangement where the birth mother is able to maintain contact with her child, but there are many reasons for choosing a closed adoption, as well.
The main differences between an open, semi-open, and closed adoption are the amount of contact that remains between the birth mother, child, and adoptive family. While an open adoption is the most widely popular adoption arrangement, there are many reasons why a birth mother may choose to pursue a closed adoption arrangement where they will not have contact with their child. You may want to choose this option if you want a greater sense of closure after your child’s placement or are struggling to come to terms with any difficult circumstances surrounding your pregnancy. This is also a great option if you are concerned about yours or your child’s privacy and safety.
What Will Your Child’s Texas Adoption Look Like?
If you are a birth mother in Texas, creating an adoption plan, the adoption process can often be a confusing experience, especially if you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or are unfamiliar with the adoption process. However, at Adoption Choices of Texas, our adoption counselors and caseworkers are here to help you navigate our adoption journey. Please feel free to reach out or visit one of our Texas Adoption Centers if you have any questions about the adoption process.
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.