Choosing to place your baby for adoption or considering adoption is already a step in the right direction if you are facing an unplanned or undated pregnancy. We are a licensed adoption agency that can help pregnant women across Texas. Making the phone call is probably the hardest part of working with our center. And that’s only because we know you are feeling nervous or overwhelmed. You will quickly learn that we are here for you though. We have the experience and the compassion to walk you through the Texas adoption process.
What is the step-by-step adoption process?
This is a question that every birth mom wonders about. Understanding the adoption process can seem confusing at first, but we will be here to walk you through the entire journey and answer all of your questions. Here is a brief overview of the adoption process:
- You meet with one of our staff members, an Adoption Specialist, to better understand adoption and what type of adoption you want.
- If you want, you can actually pick the family that will adopt your baby. If you prefer not to make that choice, we will pick an appropriate family for you.
- With the support of your Adoption Specialist, you make a plan for your time at the hospital, including, for example, how much time you may want to spend with the adoptive family and the baby.
- You have your baby! If you would like us to, we will be there with you every step of the way to provide care and support, even in the delivery room.
- Two days after giving birth, you can sign the necessary paperwork to legalize the adoption.
- After the adoption, please stay in contact. We will continue to be there for you, providing you with emotional support for as long as you need.
Obviously there are more details within this overview but again, we will be here leading the way! Keep in mind, adoption is at NO cost to you and you might be eligible for financial assistance – paying bills, healthcare through your pregnancy, a safe place to stay, and more!
What if I’ve already had my baby? Can I still choose adoption?
Yes! If you deliver your baby and then decide – while still in the hospital, or even later on – that parenting is not the right option for you, we can help you place your baby with a loving family. This can be a difficult transition but we are here to support you, and to provide any assistance and guidance you may need.
What kind of contact do I have with the adoptive family later on?
During the adoption process, you will decide upon an adoption plan that you feel is right for you and your baby. You are in charge. There are three basic types of plans: an open adoption, a semi-open adoption, and a closed adoption. Each of which specifies the kind of contact you would like to have with the adoptive family and the baby throughout the adoption process as well as in the future. Again, the decision is completely up to you. Whatever you feel most comfortable with. The plan you choose will continue after the adoption is finalized.
How does relinquishment work?
Forty eight hours after giving birth, you can officially sign paperwork to place the child for adoption. Your Adoption Specialist will be with you every step of the way to answer any questions and to provide support. You may also want family or friends to be in the room with you. Or you may prefer to be alone. You can decide what you are comfortable with.
Am I a bad mom for placing my baby for adoption?
Absolutely not! Adoption is an act of courage and shows that you care about the well-being and future of your baby. Placing your baby with a caring family that can provide for all his or her needs is a loving choice on your part. It makes you a great mom, not a bad one.
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!