Adoption in Texas: You are in Control of Your Adoption Plan
If you are a prospective birth mother in Texas, you have probably figured out that adoption can be a stressful and emotional journey to undertake. There are so many different things to consider and deciding the whole ordeal can be overwhelming at times. You may experience moments where everything that you are experiencing is out of your control, and you have no say in what is happening to you. It is vital for you to remember that you are in complete control of your adoption journey, specifically your adoption plan.
Your adoption plan will be a carefully thought-out plan of action that you and your adoption team will create. If you choose to work with Adoption Choices of Texas, your adoption team and adoption specialist will work closely with you to create an adoption plan that is tailored to your needs, wishes, and expectations during this process. This plan will include all the stages of the Texas adoption process, including choosing the adoption type, choosing the adoptive family, supportive counseling, and your birth plan. All the while, you are in control of your adoption plan, and your team will be there to ensure it!
You are in Control of Your Adoption Type
An early first step in your adoption plan will be to choose the adoption type that you wish to pursue. An adoption type is best described as a determined level of openness between you, your child, and your child’s adoptive family. Birth mothers can choose between three adoption types: open, semi-open, and closed adoptions.
- Open Adoptions
- Open adoption is essentially a type of adoption that gives birth mothers access to their child after an adoption is finalized. There are open and regular contacts between birth mothers, children, and adoptive parents in an open adoption. This is all decided in a pre-agreement during a pregnancy. The level of contact and openness that can take place will be decided during an adoption plan. Things such as names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, and social media accounts can be shared. And pre-scheduled in-person visits can be arranged.
- Semi-Open Adoptions
- A semi-open adoption is essentially how it sounds. It is an adoption that is not fully open but not fully closed. In a semi-open adoption, there is a level of openness and contact that can take place. Some information can be shared between birth mothers, adoptive parents, and children, but it is usually not as identifiable as an open adoption. Whatever level of contact that may occur in a semi-open adoption will be decided during the adoption planning.
- Closed Adoptions
- A closed adoption is a type of adoption where there is no contact between birth mothers, adoptive parents, or children. No identifying information such as full names, addresses, phone numbers, or social media accounts is shared at all during the adoption planning. After the adoption is finalized, all contact will cease between the birth mother and her child’s adoptive parents.
Birth mothers make their decision for a host of reasons. There is no right or wrong answer in choosing an adoption type. It all depends on your life circumstances, your needs, and your wishes. You are in control of the whole process!
You are in Control of Your Child’s Adoptive Family
It is important to note that choosing your child’s adoptive family is not a requirement with Adoption Choices of Texas or with any adoption agency. But many birth mothers in Texas decide to be a part of the process of choosing their child’s adoptive parents and family. It is an important step that cannot be overstated, and it is only natural that you may want to have a hand in it.
Your adoption caseworker will give you options regarding your child’s adoptive parents. You will be given profile books with information about the potential adoptive parents inside. Information such as photographs, careers, family history, interests, dislikes, and parenting styles will be included. Once you have made a decision, your caseworker will set up an in-person or virtual meeting if it is something you want to do. You can have an open and honest conversation with the prospective parents to make your final decision.
You are in control of choosing your child’s adoptive family in Texas. You have the final say in this important step of your adoption plan. Your adoption team, specialists, and a caseworker will ensure that your needs and wishes are met with the adoptive parents.
You are in Control of Your Birth Plan
Another important part of your adoption plan in Texas that you will have complete control over is your birth plan. Your birth plan will be a carefully planned and detailed outline of how your labor and delivery will go. Included in this plan will be all the medical information tailored to you. As well as your wishes for your labor, delivery, and postpartum care at a hospital.
Creating a concrete plan for your child’s birth will help not only the doctors and nurses around you to have fewer questions, but it will help you not feel as stressed out in an already stressful event. Aspects to consider during your labor and delivery are things such as the atmosphere, who you want present at your birth, how you want to give birth (vaginal delivery or a C-section), and what type of pain management you want.
We at Adoption Choices of Texas understand that creating a birth plan will be overwhelming and stressful. But, you will have a great adoption team around you as well as specialists to help you through this part of your adoption plan. It is important to remember that there may be things that come up that are out of your control when it comes to labor and giving birth, but overall, you will be in complete control of your birth plan!
Adoption in Texas: You are in Control of Your Adoption Plan
Adoption can be an uncertain, stressful, and emotional journey to go on as a birth mother. There are a million things to think about and many things to make decisions about. All of these things can make you feel like you have lost control of your life and future.
This is not true! You are in control of your adoption and adoption plan!
We at Adoption Choices of Texas understand how difficult and stressful this time is for you. It all feels overwhelming and uncertain for you. But remember that your team has your back, and they have your needs at heart. They want you to have what you desire for your adoption plan because your needs are important to us. Whatever or however you decide in your adoption plan, you are in control of it all in Texas!
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!
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