Welcome to the World of Adoption
By Jan Douglas
Making the decision to place your unborn baby up for adoption is NOT giving up. There are many reasons a person might choose to put their child up for adoption. Unfortunately, people use outdated phrases related to adoption when searching for adoption information, such as “give up the baby.” Adoption Choices of Texas understands the choice of adoption is a tough decision. We also believe, “By choosing adoption, you are choosing to make a thoughtful plan for your baby’s life.”
We help birth mothers with adoptions in Dallas and have adoption agencies across Texas:
You may experience an unplanned pregnancy and not even be sure what adoption involves. Adoption is a legal process. The adopted child becomes a permanent and legal member of another family. Adoption Choices of Texas has experience in the adoption process. Our adoption counselors are knowledgeable and treat each birth mother with tenderness and kindness. We are available 24/7 with a phone call or text.
Three Levels of Openness when choosing adoption
The term “openness” in the adoption process refers to the relationship between the birth mother and the adoptive family. The birth mother chooses the level of openness in the adoption process and the adoption plan. Present-day adoptions are usually either open or semi-open adoptions. There is a third type in the adoption process, closed adoptions, but they are not as common today.
Open adoption in the adoption process is where the birth mother and adoptive parents meet before, during, and after the birth. The birth mother and adoptive parents will work out the adoption plan together. Adoption Choices of Texas has skilled counselors who will work with you and the adoptive family in this process. We help to create a meaningful and safe environment for the birth mother.
A semi-open adoption will allow both parties to exchange first names or more if desired. There will be some relationship after the baby is born. Often these will be updates shared indirectly, such as over the internet. This kind of adoption in the adoption process gives space for adjustments. It also offers the most flexibility. This option eases the pressure on the birth mother. The birth mother chooses the specifics, and Adoption Choices of Texas can help you tailor the adoption plan to your comfort level.
In a closed adoption, there is no contact between the birth mother and the adoptive family. No names are shared; the only information given is the birth mother’s social and medical history. There are various reasons why a person chooses a closed adoption. Maybe you are a teenager looking for teen pregnancy options. Adoption Choices of Texas understands a birth mother’s hard choices, and there is no judgment, only understanding.
The many advantages of choosing adoption
An important aspect of adoption is the ability of you, the birth mother, to choose your child’s family. Deciding on adoption may leave you feeling powerless. Choosing the type of family that will raise your child can bring strength and confidence. You may be in a situation where you do not have the means to raise a child. You may be young and are still in school. Adoption Choices of Texas knows every circumstance is different and personal. We understand a birth mother may be facing hardship. By choosing adoption, you believe in an abundance of wonderful opportunities for your unborn baby.
All these benefits of choosing adoption can bring a sense of inner peace:
- Knowing you have selected the family your unborn baby will become a part of
- The alleviation of stress regarding financial worries
- Getting to choose the level of involvement between you and the adoptive family and in the future between you and your unborn baby
- Allowing yourself to rise above a possibly difficult situation and move forward with life
- If you have settled on open adoption, having a connection with your baby after the birth
- Knowing you made a courageous and brave decision for both you and your unborn baby
Are there cons when choosing adoption?
When making a life-changing decision such as adoption, there will be both advantages and disadvantages. Our adoption agencies in Dallas and all our locations, such as Austin adoptions, offer guidance when making this tough decision. When faced with a challenging situation, it can be hard to think clearly. We are experienced in the adoption process and will help you make an adoption plan.
Deciding on adoption and going through the adoption process may bring about complex and powerful emotions. There is usually a grief process involved for the birth mother when she “gives her baby up” for adoption. The healing journey may not end with the birth of the baby. Although grieving this loss may change over time, it can still be a long-term reality. The birth mother loses all legal rights when placing a baby for adoption.
Adoption Choices of Texas realizes the seriousness of a birth mother choosing to go through the adoption process. We have been helping women through the adoption process for over a decade. Whether you are looking for information about an adoption in Dallas, an adoption in Austin, or anywhere across Texas, we can help you navigate the adoption process. Reach out if you are looking for adoption agencies near you. We can talk over the phone, arrange to meet you, or you can visit one of our locations. 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!
Adoption Choices of Texas es la única agencia de adopción con servicios completamente en esapñol en el estado de Texas. Si está embarazada y necesita ayuda, llámenos o envíenos un mensaje de texto y uno de nuestros especialistas en adopción podrá ayudarlo. Podemos ayudarte con la adopcion de niños. Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de adopción como una mujer embarazada o una madre biológica, comuníquese con Adoption Choices of Texas. Para español llamar: 888-510-5029