Now that open adoptions are more common, secretive adoptions where the child and the birthmother have no knowledge of each other are, for many, a thing of the past. Instead, adoptive parents often communicate with the birthparents, sharing updates like photos and videos as the child grows. Below are some of the methods of communication you might consider setting up with your child’s birthparents.
Pregnancy and childbirth can be a difficult time even under in the best of times, but birthparents often have some less than ideal circumstances to deal with during this time in their lives. Even if you feel completely sure that placing your child for adoption is the best choice for both you and the child, you may experience a roller coaster of emotions in the weeks, months, and even years following the placement. Below are some helpful resources you might consider taking advantage of to make this time easier for you.
Children like to see themselves and their families in the stories they read, but for families who came together via adoption, it can be hard to find this representation. However, there are authors out there who have created some beautiful stories for you and your children to read together. Below are some of those stories that you can enjoy with your child.
Any kind of pregnancy requires a lot of decisions, but if you are considering placing your child for adoption, you may have some ahead of you that not many people around you can relate to. Chances are that female family members or friends can recommend a good OB-GYN, but chances are not as good that they can point you toward a reliable adoption agency. To help you make that decision, we’ve put together a small list of things to look for and consider when comparing adoption agencies.
When you’re thinking about the adoption process, there’s a lot of big moments to consider: the initial decision to adopt, finding that perfect birthmother, meeting your child for the first time. However, there are a lot of smaller moments mixed in there that, while you might not initially consider them, can cause substantial nerves once you’re facing them. One of those is meeting a birthmother for the first time. Below are some things to expect and consider as you get ready to meet a potential birthmother.
It should come as no surprise that most women experience some anxiety when thinking about their upcoming labor and delivery. This is especially likely if this is your first pregnancy; fear of the unknown is completely reasonable. You’ve likely seen some distressing depictions of labor and delivery in movies and on television, which can of course make the whole thing seem even scarier than it might already be. Below, we discuss five common fears about giving birth and hope to help dispel those fears a bit.
The decision to adopt a child into your family is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your life, and so it should certainly not be made lightly. Adoption isn’t right for everyone, but for those who it works well for, it is a life-changing event that they will always look back upon with gratitude. Below are five reasons you should consider adoption.
When a birthmother is considering placing her child with you for adoption, you may feel the pressure to be perfect when meeting and getting to know her. Forming a bond with your child’s birthmother can be beneficial to you throughout the adoption process as well as good for your child as they grow and potentially want to get to know their birthmother. Below are some tips on how to build a connection with your child’s birthmother, from the first meeting until after the adoption is completed.
We all like to have someone in the media to identify with, and adoptive families are no different. It can be inspiring to see adoptees who have gone on to live incredibly successful lives. Below are five celebrities who were adopted that might be inspirational or relatable for your adopted child. Read more about famous adoptive families here.
This November, we will be celebrating the 18th annual National Adoption Day, as well as celebrating all throughout the month for National Adoption Awareness Month. This is a time to celebrate our unique family stories, as well as a time to educate the public and encourage others to consider adoption.