Adoption Plan vs. Adoption Process in Texas
By Bruce Kong
There will continue to be couples who look to adopt in the state of Texas, and that is a good thing!
As a birth mother considering adoption and researching local adoption agencies, there were probably two to three adoption terms that threw you in a loop. That’s okay since the adoption language is there to help you understand your “birth mother adoption options.”
At Adoption Choices of Texas, we strive to help birth mothers who come to us for guidance in a time of need. An unexpected pregnancy is the last thing you want to experience, but life goes on – just know that you always have options after you’ve had time to reflect. We specialize in all things related to adoption, and it is our job to ensure that your baby will go to a safe and loving family.
But Texas has its laws and regulations that differ from other states in the U.S. Though the steps may vary slightly between agencies, the overall process is the same. Our job is to help you understand the difference between an adoption plan and an adoption process. And while adoption may be confusing at first, it will make more sense after understanding these two terms.
If you need help with adoption now, call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here.
Adoption Process in Texas
The adoption process is a step-by-step process that birth mothers follow during their adoption, which includes choosing adoptive parents, reviewing family portfolios, hospital logistics, and post-placement support.
With Adoption Choices of Texas, it does not matter which city you live in, and whether it’s an adoption in San Antonio or an adoption in Austin, the process will remain the same. We start you off with an adoption specialist who is an expert in the field of adoption. They will guide you in finding proper medical care, financial assistance, and other necessary resources for your adoption process.
After a month or two, the process of helping you look for a prospective family for your child will begin. This part should always be timely: we understand the need to take time and review each portfolio thoroughly. If you believe the first set of families is not a fit for your child, we will bring you another set of portfolios to review. Adoption Choices of Texas works with various families and have performed background checks on adoptive parents.
When you have decided on your adoption family, your adoption specialist will determine if you require further financial or medical assistance. They will be in contact throughout your pregnancy and become your advocate when it is time for the hospital.
Creating an Adoption Plan with Adoption Choices of Texas
Adoption plans are similar to the adoption process, with one minor exception: birth mothers get to choose how they want their adoption plan. It varies with each birth mother on the type of assistance they need and the type of adoption they want. In short, this is the detailed portion of your adoption.
The first thing you will need to do is research your local adoption agencies, or in this case, if you want to work with Adoption Choices of Texas, we welcome birth mothers of any background, and we do not discriminate against age, race, or religion.
The next step will be to choose an adoptive family. You have options with prospective families, and a few questions you will need to consider are, “Do I want my child to experience a family with siblings?” “Single parent or two-parent household?” “Religious preferences?” “Will the community they live in affect how the adoptee grows up?” More questions will come to mind, but these are some questions we have heard birth mothers ask themselves.
After you’ve chosen a family, it’s time to discern how much communication you want with the adopting family. And there are three options to choose from: open adoption, semi-open adoption, and closed adoption. These determine your preferences for the type of communication between both parties and the type of relationship you want to have with your child and their family. There are pros and cons to each decision.
Next is to plan the hospital logistics, and some things to consider are who do you want to be present at the hospital? Do you want to be the first to hold your baby after delivery? Do you want your adoption specialist to be there as well? Your birth plan is up to you.
Adoption Process and then Plan
An adoption plan is no different from the process – one dives into the details of your adoption while the other covers the overall basics. It’s up to you to decide how you want your adoption to play out.
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!
Adoption Choices of Texas es la única agencia de adopción con servicios completamente en esapñol en el estado de Texas. Si está embarazada y necesita ayuda, llámenos o envíenos un mensaje de texto y uno de nuestros especialistas en adopción podrá ayudarlo. Podemos ayudarte con la adopcion de niños. Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de adopción como una mujer embarazada o una madre biológica, comuníquese con Adoption Choices of Texas. Para español llamar: 888-510-5029