For some women, adoption can be both a difficult and rewarding experience. Adoption can help to create families, but it can also be a time of great sadness. It is normal to have mixed feelings about this choice. Knowing your options and speaking to a trusted professional will help you to make an informed decision!
Adoption is a more affordable option for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Some women may not feel ready to parent a child. Whatever your reason, choosing adoption is a courageous decision that requires a lot of thought.
Types of Adoption
Women have several different choices about the types of adoption available to them. These include open, closed, and semi-open adoption.
In an open adoption, you are able to interact with and form a relationship with the child. You and the child’s adoptive parents can work together to create a plan outlining your level of engagement. In a closed adoption, you choose not to have any contact with the child and instead remain anonymous. A semi-open adoption plan falls somewhere in the middle, with a third-party or an adoption agency communicating on your behalf.
Any of these adoption plans may be right for you. It is important to remember that this is a highly personal decision, and you have to make the choice that is best for you. Adoption may allow you to have more freedom, but you may feel mixed emotions about the process. Either way, know that you are not alone. We are here to support you!
Questions About Adoption?
If you do choose to place your child with an adoptive family, you may have questions about the process, including:
Do I want an open, closed, or semi-open adoption?
How much contact should I have with the child?
Am I ready to complete an adoption plan?
What kind of support do I want when making this decision?
It’s important to remember that these questions are normal, and you deserve to have the facts before making this decision. At Pregnancy Resource Center of Statesville, we are here to help you understand your options!