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An unexpected pregnancy can put a woman in a very difficult situation. If you are pregnant but know that you are not emotionally or financially ready to raise a child, you may want to consider adoption. Putting a baby up for adoption is an excellent way to ensure that your child grows up with loving parents who will care for him or her. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect during the adoption process:
Selecting an Adoption Agency
When you have decided to place your unborn baby up for adoption, working with an adoption agency will streamline the process. A reputable adoption agency will be able to guide you through the adoption and help with the legalities of the adoption. You may want to visit a couple of local adoption agencies before you select one to work with. Chose an adoption agency who has staff members that you feel very comfortable talking to and working with.
Choosing Adoptive Parents
As the birth mother, you will have the power to select the adoptive parents for your child. The adoption agency that you work with will screen all adoptive parents and run thorough background checks and home studies. You will have the opportunity to meet prospective adoptive parents in person and you are free to ask as many questions as you like. Being able to choose the adoptive parents gives many birth mothers the peace of mind of knowing that the baby will be raised by loving parents.
Deciding on Type of Adoption
You can opt to have an open or a closed adoption. With a closed adoption, you will no longer be in touch with the adoptive parents or the baby after all of the legal documents finalizing the adoption are filed. In an open adoption, the birth mother stays in contact with the adoptive parents. The level of contact in an open adoption can vary greatly. Some open adoptions may consist of the birth parents sending letters and photos to the birth mother. In other open adoptions, the birth mother may see the baby in person on a regular basis. You will need to determine what type of adoption you want to have.
While putting a baby up for adoption may be the best option for both you and the child, it can still be difficult. After the birth of the baby and the finalizing of the adoption, it is recommended that birth mothers receive support and counseling. Visit resources such as http://www.achildsdream.org to learn more about how to cope emotionally after the adoption takes place.