Choosing Adoption as a Pregnant Teen in Texas
Facing an unplanned pregnancy at any age can be intimidating, but the fear and uncertainty may be accentuated for pregnant teenagers. Fortunately, there are options for teenagers who don’t want to be mothers early in their life. One option that teens who are pregnant can choose is adoption. This choice allows them to provide a home and parents for their child without having to be a parent themselves. Adoption Choices of Texas is experienced at guiding teenagers through the Texas adoption process and providing them with care along the way.
Why Choose Adoption as a Pregnant Teen?
If you are a teenager facing a pregnancy, you may be wondering why you should choose adoption over the other options you may have. If you don’t want to be a teen mother, adoption is a way that you can provide for your child and possibly stay involved in their life without having to deal with parenthood in the midst of such a formative period in your life. Additionally, due to the recent Heartbeat Bill that was passed in Texas in March of 2021, the termination of pregnancy is not allowed after the first six weeks of the pregnancy. Pregnancy is not even discovered until after six weeks for most pregnant teens. Thus, although giving birth is scary, adoption is a great option for teens who don’t want to be mothers.
Is the Adoption Process the Same for Teens as it is for Adults?
In general, yes. The process that you will go through as a teen will be very similar to the adoption process that older women go through. Your first step will be to locate an adoption agency that is closest to you. At Adoption Choices of Texas, we have locations in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Each of these locations is well equipped to assist you as you carry out the adoption process. Next, you will be set up with a birth mother counselor who will be your guide as you form your adoption plan. Giving up your baby for adoption is not easy for you as a teen, which is why many teenagers seek the assistance of a family member throughout the formulation of their adoption plan. You will be making many key decisions in your adoption plan that will determine your child’s future. This is why utilizing the wisdom of a parent, or someone you are close to is so valuable, especially for teenagers who may not be as sure about making each decision.
Once you begin working on your adoption plan, you will determine what type of adoption you want to pursue. The first type of adoption is a closed adoption. Through this type of adoption, you won’t be able to interact with your child once they are born, and they won’t be aware of who you are. This is a desirable form of adoption for mothers who just want to move on after their pregnancy and start fresh. However, closed adoptions are difficult to maintain with the development of the internet, and many adoptive parents don’t desire this form of adoption because it may be hard for them to respond when their child asks who their biological mother is. Another type of adoption is an open adoption. Through this type of adoption, you will be able to maintain fairly open communication with your child as they grow up. Although the specifics of open adoption will be determined between the birth mother and the adoptive parents, in many cases, birth mothers in open adoptions are able to visit their child in person throughout their childhood. Open adoptions allow for the most communication between the birth mother and child. The final type of adoption is a semi-open adoption. In this type of adoption, the birth mother will be a known figure in the child’s life, but communication will be more limited to forms such as emails, letters, or phone calls.
Your next step in the adoption plan will be to decide on the adoptive parents. You will be given the profiles of different families looking to adopt and decide which parents you would like your child to have. This is a very important choice that you may want to seek the wisdom of others to make.
Start Your Adoption Plan Today
If you want to choose adoption as the route for your teen pregnancy, please contact Adoption Choices of Texas, where our staff is ready to help you in any way they can.
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!
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
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