Are you considering placing your child for adoption?
Adoption Choice, Inc. counselors can help you understand the process and determine if adoption is the best plan for you and your child.
Step 1: LEARN ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS.
Every woman’s situation is different and only you can know the right decision. Adoption Choice, Inc. can help you sort through your choices when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. In addition, you will become educated on the legal process, Wisconsin’s Adoption Search Records Program and your rights.
There are many reasons women consider adoption including:
- financial instability
- not ready to be a parent
- desire for a solid, two-parent family
- opportunity for a solid future
- young age
- desire to finish high school or college
- cannot afford another child
- no support from the child’s other parent
Whatever the reason for considering adoption, you should become fully aware of the process before committing to placing your child for adoption.
Step 2. REQUEST INFORMATION ON ADOPTION.
When you contact Adoption Choice, you will be asked a few questions and will be offered a meeting with one of our caring, compassionate counselors. You will receive a packet of information and have an opportunity to ask as many questions as you need to. The Adoption Choice staff has years of experience working with expectant parents and understand how difficult it can be to make that first call for information. Our staff is comprised of both adoptive parents and adoptees who want to help you in making the right decision for you and your child.
Step 3: SELECTING AN ADOPTIVE FAMILY.
If you decide adoption is the right choice for you and your child, you will be able to view adoptive family profiles. Adoption Choice, Inc. has many families available who have already been pre-screened and are ready to take on the responsibilities of adoption and parenting. There are families for all children regardless of age, race or medical condition. Your adoption counselor will help you sort through families to determine which ones meet your preferences. Adoption Choice, Inc. conducts thorough home studies on adoptive families and accept families who:
- have completed the required hours of pre-adoptive education
- have the financial stability to provide for a child
- are healthy and active
- have been screened through background checks and interviewed several times
- have a strong commitment to adoption
- are open to the various level of contact from birth parents
Step 4: MEET OR SPEAK WITH ADOPTIVE FAMILIES.
You will have the opportunity to speak with adoptive families. Your adoption counselor will join you on these meetings as you may feel uncomfortable or nervous. Your counselor will help you generate possible questions to ask the family such as:
- Why are you adopting?
- How do you plan to discipline?
- What are your hobbies and interests?
- What kind of involvement do you hope to have with birth parents? Are you open to exchanging letters, photos and possible visits?
Step 5: MAKING A MATCH AND GETTING TO KNOW THE ADOPTIVE FAMILY.
Once you have selected an adoptive family, met with them (if you choose to), and both parties feel comfortable moving forward, it is considered “a match”. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you may wish to continue building your relationship with them throughout your pregnancy. It is a good time to learn about each other and share with each other. You can discuss your hospital plans and other plans, such as post-placement contact, throughout the pregnancy.
Step 6: PLAN FOR DELIVERY.
An important part of the adoption process is a birth parent’s plan for delivery, otherwise known as the birth plan. Your adoption counselor will assist you in creating a birth plan according to your wishes and how you imagine your hospital stay and delivery. You will work with your adoption counselor early on in the process to create your birth plan, however, you are able to modify it at any time. This plan will help everyone involved in your process to understand your wishes. This includes hospital staff, the adoptive family, your family and friends, and your adoption counselor.
There are a number of things to consider in your birth plan including:
- who do you want at the hospital when you deliver?
- who do you want in the delivery room?
- do you want to hold the baby first?
- who can visit you at the hospital?
- and other items
Step 7: POST PLACEMENT CONTACT
Post placement contact includes phone calls, texts, emails and in-person contact between you and the adoptive family. The amount of contact can be as little or as much as you want. Your adoption counselor will help you determine what level and type of contact you desire with the adoptive family.