FAQs about Creating an Adoption Plan as a Birth Mother in Texas
Creating an adoption plan can be very stressful, especially when you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. If this describes you, you probably have many questions about what to expect during your adoption journey, and what adoption will look like for you and your child. At Adoption Choices of Texas, we are here to answer any questions you may have.
If you are a pregnant woman in Texas considering adoption, or beginning your adoption journey, Adoption Choices of Texas wants you to feel supported and informed. We are here to answer any questions you may have about the adoption process in Texas.
Why should I Work with an Adoption Agency when Creating an Adoption Plan as a Birth Mother in Texas?
As a birth mother in Texas, the adoption process can be very difficult and confusing to navigate. If you are working with an adoption agency, like Adoption Choices of Texas, we will be able to help you and explain many parts of your adoption process.
In working with our adoption agency, you will be able to work with an adoption caseworker on many of the decisions involved in your adoption process. This means that you can receive assistance in considering potential adoptive families and the amount of contact that may remain between you and your child. Our adoption agency can also provide financial support for many pregnancy-related and court-approved living expenses, including: rent, utilities, groceries, transportation and medical bills..
Will I be able to Maintain Contact with My Child after the Adoption has been Finalized?
Yes! As the birth mother, you will have the option to maintain contact with your child. This can look as simple as sharing pictures and letters, or as involved as in-person meetings. The choice is entirely up to you.
Additionally, you can choose your child’s adoptive family, which gives you the opportunity to determine what kind of life your child can have. As the birth mother, you can have the choice to meet your child’s adoptive family before your child is born, allowing you to establish a relationship and finalize any details of the adoption plan before placement. For instance, by choosing an open adoption, you can maintain close contact with both your child and their adoptive family.
How do I Find an Adoptive Family for My Child when Creating an Adoption Plan?
Choosing your child’s adoptive family is an extremely important part of any adoption plan, yet the decision can often be a difficult one. If you are working with our adoption agency, however, we will help you along every step of your adoption journey.
The first step in choosing your child’s adoptive family with our adoption agency is to discuss your adoption preferences with your adoption caseworker. This can include where the adoptive family lives, the values that they believe in, or their race or religion. Next, your adoption caseworker will show you some prospective adoptive parent profiles, which will give you an idea of the family through pictures and written descriptions. Once you’ve chosen your adoptive family, depending on the type of adoption you chose, you may get the chance to meet them in person and build a relationship with them before the baby is born.
Will My Child’s Birth Father be Involved when Creating an Adoption Plan?
Whether or not your child’s birth father is involved in your adoption process is entirely up to you. While, in an ideal world, your child’s birth father would be loving and supportive, we know that this is not always the case. If this does describe you, however, there are plenty of ways your child’s birth father can be involved in your adoption plan.
If your child’s birth father is absent or disinterested with your adoption process, there is absolutely no need for him to be involved.
Creating an Adoption Plan as a Birth Mother in Texas
Creating an adoption plan as a birth mother in Texas can be a very difficult and confusing experience, especially if you are unfamiliar with the adoption process. But, at Adoption Choices of Texas, we want you to feel supported and informed along every step of your adoption journey. We are here to answer any questions you may have and help you have the most positive and empowering adoption experience possible.
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!
Meet the Author: Jennie Knuppel is a student at the University of Texas at Austin studying English Literature. She is currently enrolled in the English Honors Program, for which she is writing a thesis in comparative literature prior to graduating in the spring of 2022. Jennie has previously taken courses in literature and both creative and technical writing, and she spent four years working in her high school’s journalism department.
Jennie is also currently working as a barista, and, in her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and pets.