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Choosing an LGBTQ+ Couple to Adopt Your Baby in Texas

By Morgan Jacobus

There are a lot of decisions involved with putting your child up for adoption, or dar a mi bebe en adopcion, and it can be an overwhelming process. However, Adoption Choices of Texas is here for you each step of the way. 

One of the crucial steps in the adoption process in Texas is deciding how you would like to place your baby for adoption and with whom. We understand it can be overwhelming to understand all of the options available to you, so we want to help you choose what is best for you and your child. 

When it comes to deciding the type of adoption you wish to pursue, there are three types: closed, semi-open, and open adoption. 

1. Closed Adoption

For this type of adoption, the birth parents have no contact with the child or the adoptive parents. Though it is the least common form of adoption in the United States, it could be a good option if privacy is a significant concern. This could be for several reasons, such as safety or other personal reasons. It is also the simplest, most straightforward approach of the three options. It is up to you to consider how much of yourself you are able and willing to be involved. 

2. Semi-Open Adoption

Semi-open adoption is a middle ground between the other two types of adoption. This type of adoption allows for some contact but with a mediated distance. Rather than direct contact, communication goes through your caseworker from the local adoption agency you chose. Your adoption caseworker will set you up with a profile on an online portal called ChildConnect, where you can receive communication like letters and pictures from the adoptive parents. In this adoption, there is still anonymity, but there is the option of communication. You only share the information that you want to and are comfortable with. 

3. Open Adoption

In an open adoption, you are able to get to know the adoptive parents and have the most involvement. This type of adoption allows you to have a more active role in your child’s life and be in more communication with the adoptive parents. Communication is able to go both ways, with information you want to share with the adoptive parents as well as allowing them to ask you questions they may have in the future. Further, this adoption allows you to meet and interview the adoptive family you are choosing. 

Qualities to Consider when Choosing an LGBTQ+ Couple 

As you move forward in your adoption in Texas, consider what you value in your adoptive family. Some qualities have more weight to some pregnant women than others, but it is up to you what you envision for your child. Whatever qualities or criteria you have, you can bring to your adoption service as they facilitate the process. 

  • Diversity – Are you comfortable with choosing a family that has a different race or sexuality than you? 
  • Religion – Does your child being raised with a certain religion, perhaps the one you practice, hold a lot of importance for you? 
  • Location – Do you see your child growing up in a certain environment – urban, suburban, or rural? 
  • Family structure – Do you want your child to have siblings, or would you rather place your child with new parents? 

When considering LBGTQ+ families for your child, there are certain benefits. For instance, research shows that children that grow up in such families are more likely to be sympathetic, open-minded, and resilient.

How Adoptive Families Are Reviewed 

Adoptive Choices conducts a thorough review process of prospective families, which includes extensive background checks. Further, caseworkers meet the parents in their homes for an interview. All adoptive families are carefully screened to ensure that you feel confident that your child will go to a safe and loving home. 

How to Begin the Adoption Matching Process

You’ve made a lot of progress so far, from choosing a local adoption agency to deciding what is important to you in your adoptive family. Now it’s time to begin the matching process. After connecting with Adoption Choices, we can help you find the right adoptive family for your child. On our website, you can look through the waiting families who are ready to adopt. From there, you can read through their profile. From there, you can contact us to check family availability. 

Whether you pursue adoption in San Antonio, TX, or through a Dallas adoption center, Adoption Choices Texas is here for you. If you are a woman considering adoption and are looking for the right adoptive family, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. 

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