Choosing adoption for your child is an understandably difficult decision. However, for many women, that is ultimately the best choice for themselves and their child as it allows the child to experience the type of life and stability that may not be available to them otherwise.
One common misconception with adoption, however, is the idea that you will never see the child again. There are adoptions where that is the case, but it is possible to have an active presence in the child’s life, even if you are not the one raising him or her.
If you feel that parenting is not the right option for you, adoption can provide you with the peace of mind knowing that your child is provided for and in good care. While that does not necessarily take away the anxiety that comes with adoption, we are here to help guide you throughout the process, should you choose it for yourself.
Before making that choice, however, it is important for you to analyze your thoughts and determine why you believe adoption is right for you and your child. Is it because you don’t want an abortion but also don’t feel ready to be a parent? Is it because the child’s father is not supportive? Is it financial? Whatever your reason, your concerns are justified.
Types of Adoptions
There are three types of adoptions provided through licensed agencies and private attorneys: open, semi-open, and closed.
Open adoptions allow you to have regular contact with the child and his or her adoptive parents. Before the adoption actually takes place, an open adoption allows you to meet and ultimately choose the family that will adopt your child. This way you can have an open and honest conversation about expectations on both sides.*
In a semi-open adoption, contact between you, the birth parent, and the adoptive parent(s) is limited. Most communication in a semi-open adoption is done through a third-party, typically an adoption agency.
Closed adoptions only allow for minimal contact (or, in some cases, no contact) between you and the adoptive parents. Closed adoptions do not allow for any contact with the child.
Regardless of why you are thinking about adoption, the staff at Woman to Woman Health Center can provide you with the information and resources you’ll need to make an informed decision. We are here to answer any questions you may have about the adoption process. Please contact us today to learn more!
*Open adoption is subject to legal limitations in the state of Texas.