How to Place Your Child For Adoption as a Pregnant Woman in the Military
Adoption is always a choice for birth mothers, even birth mothers who are in the U.S. military. The adoption process is fairly similar to non-military adoptions, but there are some aspects that you need to look out for, such as your location and whether or not you are deployed overseas. If adoption is what you choose for you and your child, then nothing can stand in the way of that.
Military birth mother or not, Adoption Choices of Texas has you covered. We are here to lay out the adoption process and answer any questions or concerns you might have. So, what are you waiting for? Here are the steps for how to place your child for adoption as a pregnant woman in the military.
Step 1: Contact a Local Adoption Agency like Adoption Choices of Texas
Contact us to set up an initial meeting with a birth parent counselor. During the meeting, you can gain information, ask questions, and voice any concerns you may have. After the meeting, you will be assigned an adoption caseworker who will work with you through the adoption process and help you with any necessary paperwork. Adoption Choices of Texas will help you understand your options and guide you through the adoption process.
Step 2: Create an Adoption Plan
Once you have decided on adoption and contacted our adoption agency, you and your adoption caseworker will work together to create an adoption plan. This plan will map out your adoption process and help you determine what is best for you and your baby. Remember, you are 100% in control of your adoption plan. Only you know what is best for you and your baby, but it is okay to receive a helping hand. We are here for you.
As an active member of the military, it is important to note that you might have to travel back to the U.S. to deliver your baby. You also should be aware of any upcoming deployments, as it is easier to stay in one place as much as possible during the adoption process. Make sure to discuss this ahead of time with your military supervisor so any accommodations can be made.
Step 3: Choose an Adoptive Family
The next step is choosing the adoptive family who you want to raise your baby. As a military birth mother, you will be able to browse our adoptive parent portfolios and pick any adoptive family you wish. Once you select the adoptive family, depending on the type of adoption you chose, you will have the option of getting to know them. You can do this via phone, text, email, and even setting up a meeting in person. This way, you can make certain that this adoptive family will be the right fit for your child.
You can also decide if you would like your baby’s adoptive family to be there on your due date. You can choose to have them in the delivery room with you, in the waiting room, or have minimum contact on that day. As aforementioned, your adoption plan is completely up to you, so don’t be afraid to do what you are most comfortable with.
Step 4: Post-placement Support for a Pregnant Woman in the Military
Birth mother counseling is provided to you throughout your pregnancy and after placement. Finalizing the adoption process can be an emotional time for you. So, having the support you need and deserve is important. If you don’t have any supportive friends or family to rely on, don’t worry. We have you covered. You can speak with one of our adoption counselors any time before, during or after the adoption process. We want to make sure you feel comfortable with your experience so that you can return to duty feeling confident about your choice.
Choosing to Place Your Child for Adoption as a Pregnant Woman in the Military
Being an active member of the U.S military will not make it impossible for you to place your child up for adoption. The adoption process is not even that different from non-military adoptions. You are still able to create an adoption plan that best suits you and your baby, but it is important to keep in mind how your location will be affected by your service. Remember, you can always choose adoption, and only you have the power to know if this is the right choice for you and your baby. Whatever your circumstance, even if you are only considering adoption as a pregnant woman in the military, we are here to help you throughout your adoption journey.
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!
Meet the Author: Heather Frederick is in her fourth and final year at Siena College and lives in Delmar, New York. She is completing her BFA in English and has written several plays,The Vagabond, Paneless, and Yours, for the Oppressed. On most days, you can find her in the kitchen baking and singing to showtunes.
As a member of the BTS Army, she likes to spend time listening to Kpop and learning dance choreography.