Consider if adoption is for
you. If yes, what type of adoption you would want. What type of
parents would you want to raise your baby. In adoption, important
questions need to be answered.
If one chooses to raise a child,
the birthmother should consider what plans and dreams she has for her own future
and whether these plans can still be achieved while caring for an infant. Will
the birthmother be able successful raise that child? Can she complete her
education? What support is available for her and the child? Is family support
available? How will she and the child live? Have arrangements been made for
child care while working?
Types of Adoptions
between birth and adoptive families. No identifying information is
provided. Non-identifying contact is made
via cards, letters and pictures through a third party (e.g., agency
or attorney). Direct interaction between
birth and adoptive families. Identities are known.
Open adoption gives
you the choice of deciding who will parent your baby. This is a valuable choice for
the birthmother. If open adoption appeals to you, there is plenty of help in finding
a family who is willing to love and provide for your child in a way that you would be
proud of. These services are arranged at no expense to the birthmother.
Impact on Birthparents
This article is addressed to you, the
birth parent. Although the adoption community sometimes overlooks
your contribution and sacrifice, this article addresses adoption
from your point of view. Placing a child for adoption is not an easy
thing to do, not at the time of placement nor years later. How do
you get through the experience, and how does it affect you later in