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How it All Began...

I knew at less than two months pregnant that I could not provide the life for another child as I already had one I was struggling with.

How did Angel Adoption help you choose adoption?

They sent me profiles of selected families that were looking to adopt a baby. They let me decide with no rush and kept me updated on any new families that were looking. Also, I was able to narrow it down to what I was looking for.

What were your concerns going into the adoption process?

I was worried about maybe not finding a family that would be perfect for the baby before she was born.

What helped ease your concerns while going through the adoption process?

It helped to be able to talk with Angel Adoption, the lawyer, and the adoptive family about what exactly I wanted to be done, not just while pregnant, but also the birthing experience and not being judged.

How did Angel Adoption help you through the adoption process?

They talked me through everything and made sure I was comfortable with the family I was choosing. They also set me up with counseling during and after the process took place so that I always had someone to talk with about any problems I may have had.

What were you looking for in an adoptive family?

I was looking for someone who was family oriented, someone who was religious, and most importantly someone I felt comfortable with. I chose the family I did because, from the emailing back and forth to them traveling down and the talks in between appointments, something just told me they were perfect. They were there through the tears, the heartache, every question I had, every hospital trip — they were there. They were very personable with me, they cared, and I knew that if they cared so much about someone they didn't know, they would care about the baby so much more.

How did your baby's adoptive family help you through the adoption process?

They had open arms, they talked to me almost every day, and they were there by my side at all the baby appointments.

What type of adoption did you choose?

I chose an open adoption, at first I was thinking closed, but I knew my heart couldn't handle that. The adoptive parents wanted more of an open adoption, as they still wanted me to know all about the baby.

Describe your emotions before and after the baby's birth.

Before the birth, I was all emotional. At times I wasn't sure if I really wanted to go through with this. But, as it got closer, I knew that this was the best decision for the baby. Afterwards, I cried a lot, my anxiety and depression hit me bad, but the adoptive family was there every step of the way. They sent pictures, talked to me, comforted me on everything I was going through, and always let me know it was going to be okay, and that Olivia will always know how great of a woman I am.

What are you looking forward to now that the adoption process is completed?

I’m looking forward to schooling, focusing my extra time on getting my son potty trained and on the right track, and just getting myself back together again.

What advice would you give to other pregnant women who are considering adoption?

Stay strong, take your time, be open-minded, and let the adoptive family be at every appointment you can. Let them be there for you. It’s going to be a scary road, but with the right family and Angel Adoption, everything will be fine. Breathe often and pray.