Placing my Disabled Child up for Adoption in Texas
Sometimes pregnancies come when you least expect them. No matter how hard you try, life has a way of turning your world upside down. Many children are born without a hitch, but others have special needs that are more challenging to care for. When your doctor brings the news that your child will likely be disabled, you might realize you won’t have the time or resources to raise a special needs child. Raising a child with a physical or learning disability makes parenting a more difficult task than it already was. If you have realized you need to put your child up for adoption, Adoption Choices of Texas can help.
Are you Allowed to Put a Special Needs Child up for Adoption?
First and foremost: you can absolutely put your special needs child up for adoption. There aren’t any extra barriers in the way. However, before rushing to adoption, it may also be good to learn about other unwanted pregnancy options as well. For example, local and federal programs may be able to assist you with raising a special needs child. The best way to figure out if you will qualify for these programs is to give Adoption Choices of Texas a call. One of our caseworkers will be glad to help you free of charge.
Adoption for your Special Needs Baby
The first step in any adoption plan is arranging a meeting with one of our adoption caseworkers. During this meeting, you can learn everything you need to know about adoption and whether it’s right for you. Our team has years of experience working with mothers just like you, so you know you’re in good hands with us.
Financial Aid for Birth Mothers
Adoption is free for all birth mothers. When you come to Adoption Choices of Texas for unplanned pregnancy help, we’ll make sure all of your needs are met. We know that many mothers have to take time off from work to take care of themselves in the last months of their pregnancy. We work with local government programs and the help of the adoptive parents to pay for your living expenses. If you don’t have stable housing at all, we’ll provide you with a place to live during your pregnancy.
We also provide assistance for a variety of other pregnancy-related costs. Maternity clothes, doctor’s visits, transportation, and food won’t be an issue when you place your baby up for adoption with Adoption Choices of Texas.
Types of Adoptions
Once you’re ready to start looking at families, it’s good to have an idea of the customizable adoption style you would like. The main three choices are an open adoption, a semi-open adoption, and a closed adoption. In an open adoption, you and the adoptive family will share identifiable information with each other. This might mean you just text each other every now and then, or it can mean that you and the family stay in touch for years to come.
In a semi-open adoption, you and the adoptive family share less identifiable information. You may still interview the family, but you might communicate and receive pictures or video through a third-party mediator. In this way, this option is more impersonal.
In a closed adoption, you don’t know anything about the adoptive family at all. The agency chooses the family, and you don’t interact with them.The family is chosen by the agency, and you don’t interact with them. We typically don’t recommend these, but the option is open to you if you would like.
Choosing an Adoptive Family with a Disabled Child
It’s easy to think that it is far harder to find an adoptive family if your child is disabled. In reality, many of our adoptive families would be happy to raise a disabled child. Your adoption caseworker can help you choose from adoptive families that are interested in raising a special needs child. Plus, all adoptive families have proven they can financially and emotionally provide for any adoptive child through the home study process. Your child’s disability will absolutely not stop them from being adopted.
How Adoption Agencies in San Antonio Can Help You Place Your Disabled Child in a Good Home
Whether this is your first or fifth pregnancy, Adoption Choices of Texas wants you to have the best adoption experience possible. Even if your child is special needs, we can still match them with a loving family. During your pregnancy, we can also make sure your bills are paid and that you can spend time taking care of yourself and your baby. Plus, we can recommend adoptive families who are specifically interested in raising a special needs child. Want to start the adoption process today? Head to any of our locations at Adoption Choices of Texas.
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: Joshua Boulet is an aspiring journalist and writer with a particular fondness for research and social sciences. He loves music, writing, reading, video games, and most art, and anything creative he can get his hands on. Boulet believes that there’s too much good stuff out there and not enough time to see it all. He grew up on video games: the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games, Mario Kart, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and Legend of Zelda. The music of rhythm games led him to an interest in that, and the investigative journalism of Jason Schreier inspired him to discover the importance of journalism as an industry. That interest in developers’ lives led him to an interest in social justice and how the world could maybe be made into a better place. “All this to say, there is certainly a line I can draw between me obsessively playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and me interviewing my sociology professor about how to read academic articles. Those surprising through lines fascinate me all the same. At my best, I’m a person who gets to be constantly fascinated by the lives and work of other people.”
His favorite quote is from his favorite jazz musician:
“A genius is the one most like himself” – Thelonious Monk.