The Texas Adoption Process with a Birth Mother
Cindy is a single mother who was completely blindsided by the news that she was pregnant. The thought of taking care of another child seemed almost impossible. Her child is eight years old and just starting to be able to take care of herself. Every morning, she takes her kid to school and works from home for a call center. The pay isn’t great, but it’s the best she can do without college, which she doesn’t have the time for. After talking it over with a friend, Cindy decides to seek out unplanned pregnancy help and makes a visit to one of the adoption agencies in San Antonio.
Meeting with the Local Adoption Choices of Texas
The first step in Cindy’s adoption journey is a visit to Adoption Choices of Texas, but she doesn’t know it yet. Her adoption caseworker talks her through the various options available to her, and they start building the adoption plan. Here, she also learns about the financial resources available to birth mothers who wish to put their child up for adoption.
One of Cindy’s biggest concerns for continuing her pregnancy is doctor’s visits. She was still on her parent’s insurance for her first child, but she is no longer eligible at age 30. Call centers don’t tend to offer insurance plans for their employees. But without health insurance, Adoption Choices of Texas makes sure she can make it to every checkup during her pregnancy. Knowing that her financial situation isn’t going to be a problem, she decides to choose adoption for her baby.
Choosing an Adoption Type for my Baby
Having chosen adoption, Cindy takes a few days to consider which type of adoption she wants for her child. At the initial meeting, her caseworker presents three options: the first, an open adoption. In an open adoption, the birth mother and adoptive family have no communication barriers between them. Cindy could talk to the family over zoom or even meet with them in person. An open adoption doesn’t need to mean lots of communication, but it does mean that there are no barriers between the families.
The second option is semi-open adoption. The key difference between a semi-open adoption and an open adoption is the amount of information shared. The birth mother and adoptive family may not share identifying information or addresses with each other. There can still be an interview, and Cindy could still receive pictures and videos of her child.
The last is a closed adoption. As the name implies, closed adoptions don’t allow any identifiable information or communication between the birth mother and the adoptive family.
Between these options, Cindy decides she still wants to visit her child post-adoption, and she chooses an open adoption.
Choosing the Adoptive Family
Another big choice in the Texas adoption process: which adoptive family would Cindy choose for her child? She has no particular preference for religion or type of couple, so her options for adoptive families are wide open. One is a cute suburban family with a couple of cats, and another is a lovely gay couple with another child living near San Antonio. Looking at their biographies, they both look like great options for her child.
Choosing just from the biography seems difficult, so she interviews both families over the internet, with the help of Adoption Choices of Texas. After much consideration, she chooses the gay couple near San Antonio. They hit it off really well during the interview, and they both share their parenting experiences with each other.
The Hospital Stay and After the Adoption
With the adoptive family chosen and the paperwork set in stone, all that is left for Cindy is to wait. She makes it to her doctor’s appointments, and Adoption Choices of Texas makes sure her child is taken care of when needed. With a complete adoption plan worked out with her caseworker, the hospital stay leaves her with only herself and her child to worry about. The adoptive family picks up their child, and the adoption is completed without a hitch.
Afterward, Cindy still needs a couple of weeks to rest and recover from the pregnancy with her child. Adoption Choices of Texas still provides her with financial help for several weeks after the completion of the pregnancy.
Unwanted Pregnancy Options During the Texas Adoption Process
Cindy is just like hundreds of other mothers looking for a way to deal with an unplanned pregnancy. With Adoption Choices of Texas, you’ll have nothing to worry about. As a birth mother, you can take advantage of financial resources and services to keep yourself happy and healthy during your pregnancy. With an open or semi-open adoption, you can even talk to the family that will be adopting your child. If Cindy’s story sounds anything like yours, contact Adoption Choices of Texas to learn what your choices are today.
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.