Adopting: A World Of Choices
It takes a lot of courage, faith and love to parent your baby through adoption. Choosing a good family to adopt your beautiful child is a gift beyond measure. Thankfully, new laws regarding the adoption process give the birthmother more rights and more power than ever before. Today, it is the birth-parents who choose the family that they feel is right for adopting their children. A pregnant woman or couple considering this option is free to choose where the adoptive parents live, how many children are already in that family, their religious background, economic level and whatever the birth-parents feel is important. The options of families are endless. A University of Michigan study estimates that there are a million families waiting to adopt children under the age of one; that is equal to forty families for each baby.
When deciding if adoption is the right option for you, it is important to educate yourself so that you fully understand what it is and how the process works. Adoption is the legal placement of a child with people who will raise the child as their own, and today’s world offers a few different types, which are as follows:
This is an agreement between the child’s adoptive family and the birth family saying that the two families will share information with each other and keep in touch after adopting the baby. In other words, open adoption allows the birth-parents to contact the child they gave birth to through letters, pictures and visits with the child and his or her adoptive family.
This is like an open-type adoption, but the process differs in that contact between the birth-parents and the adoptive parents are more limited than in an open adoption.
The confidential process usually means that the birthparents allow the adoption agency to choose the adoptive family. The adoptive family and the birth-family do not share any identifying information and there is no contact between the birth-family and the adoptive family during or after the process.
No matter which option you choose, adoptive parents go through a lengthy process in order to become “approved”. They attend group meetings, interviews and go through a “home study.” Each agency prepares their families differently, but they all do their best to make sure the family is ready for a baby; many adoption agencies also offer free counseling and material help for the pregnant mother.
For those concerned with where to live during pregnancy, Maternity Homes are located throughout the country. Many of these homes are specifically for women who have chosen adoption. A birth-mother may choose to leave her environment and travel elsewhere in order to carry out the adoption in total confidentiality, if that’s what she wants. She may also choose a nearby Maternity Home for support and other services. There are many other options, including people who open up their homes to expectant mothers, religious orders that take in pregnant women and support them during their journey and more. Obria is also here to assist any and all who are interested in learning more about these options during the adoption process.
Obria is happy to refer you to several qualified adoption agencies. And if you’d like to talk to women and families who’ve already gone through the adoption process and placed their children with caring adoptive families, Obria Medical Clinics can help.
Depending on your choice, the process may vary, but rest assured that finding the right parents-to-be is a top priority for all involved. If you have been considering adoption, it is important to be properly educated about the process and decision. Obria can help you make the best decision by educating you on everything from the process to where you can find centers in Southern California.
For more information, please call, text or schedule an appointment at Obria.