Create Your Adoption Plan

Creating an adoption plan is an important step for expectant mothers who are considering adoption. It allows them to control the adoption process and make decisions that will shape their adoption experience. In this blog post, we will discuss various aspects of creating an adoption plan, including understanding your options as an expectant mother, defining your preferences, and finding support and resources.

Understanding Your Options as a Birth Mother

When considering adoption, it is important to understand the different types of adoption available to you. There are three main types of adoption: open, semi-open, and closed. Each adoption type has a different level of communication and contact between birth parents and adoptive parents.

Open Adoption

In an open adoption, birth parents have the opportunity to maintain ongoing contact and communication with the adoptive parents and the child. This can be through telephone calls, texts, emails, and in-person meetings.

Semi-Open Adoption

Semi-open adoption allows for some level of communication and contact between birth parents and adoptive parents but with certain boundaries and limitations. Research suggests that healthy semi-open and open adoption are best for the emotional well-being of an adopted child.

Closed Adoption

Closed adoption involves little to no contact or communication between birth parents and adoptive parents. Some birth mothers choose this option because of their circumstances or their desire to be in a more stable place before having open communication.

Defining Your Preferences for Your Adoption Plan

Once you understand the different types of adoption, it is important to define your preferences for your adoption plan. Know that both parties will need to remain open-minded and allow for positive changes within the relationship as time goes on. Here are the key considerations and decisions you will need to make.

Legal Considerations

The legal aspects of adoption are crucial to understand. An Adoption Agency is beneficial in providing support to guide an expectant mother and adoptive family through every step of the legal process so that you can make informed decisions about legal matters.

Communication with Adoptive Parents

Deciding on the level and type of communication with the adoptive parents is an essential part of creating your adoption plan. An adoption agency can act as a mediator to help you communicate your needs and desires with the adoptive parents and vice versa. Healthy boundaries are important in any relationship and we will help you navigate them as everyone involved works toward the well-being of the child.

Your Hospital Birth and Adoption Plan

Planning your adoption hospital birth experience is something that all expectant mothers should have complete control of.  A Guardian Angel Adoptions prioritizes an expectant mother’s control over how she wants to experience the birth of her baby. Whether it is alone with the support of her case manager or if she wants the adoptive family to be present. Our dedicated case managers help women create a birth plan that aligns with their preferences and ensures a supportive and comfortable environment during labor and delivery.

Selecting Your Support System

Having a strong support system is crucial throughout the adoption process. Many women who want to place their baby for adoption find themselves with limited support from family and friends. This is why A Guardian Angel Adoptions makes sure an expectant mother is never alone during this process. We provide counselors, support groups, and case managers to take care of an expectant mother’s needs and be a guide and comfort along this journey. 

Time With Baby Before Placement

Deciding how much time you want to spend with your baby before placement is an important decision. Many women will grieve differently during this process and there is no right or wrong way to spend time with your baby before relinquishing your parental rights. You may wish to spend time in the hospital holding your baby and expressing love. Other women may find this too difficult and feel the baby needs to be with the adoptive family right away. You will have the time to consider how you want to spend your time before placement. 

Deciding on Contact Post-Placement

After finalizing the adoption, the level of contact between birth parents and adoptive parents may vary. The openness will be previously arranged before placement. Open, semi-open, or closed communication will begin after signing the paperwork and relinquishing the baby. While the contact agreement is not legally binding, it is the priority of adoption agencies like A Guardian Angel to keep promises and ensure each participant is fulfilling their responsibilities.

Birth Mother Support and Resources with A Guardian Angel Adoption

A Guardian Angel Adoptions is a licensed agency based in Utah that works with families and women nationwide to provide needed support and resources. Our support begins with your first phone call and lasts throughout life as we consider you a part of our adoption family. 

Creating an adoption plan empowers expectant mothers to shape their adoption experience according to their preferences and needs. It is important to seek emotional support and utilize available resources throughout the process. Remember, you are not alone, and there are organizations like A Guardian Angel Adoptions ready to assist you on this journey.