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Adoption

Couple kissing baby with the caption AdoptionHere are some common reasons adoption might be right for you

  • You do not feel ready to be a parent.
  • You feel too young or immature to raise a baby.
  • You are not in a financial position to support a baby.
  • You fear a baby might interfere with finishing school or furthering your career.
  • You are not in a relationship with the biological father and you do not want to be a single parent. You want your baby to grow up in a two-parent family.
  • You do not want to have an abortion and/or you do not believe in it.
  • You believe adoption is the best chance for your baby to grow up being well cared for, both emotionally and financially. 

What Does Adoption Look Like?

Mother holding the hand of her babyToday the adoption process empowers the birth parents with countless choices. Remember, the choice to adopt is yours and yours only. No one should pressure you into making a decision. Adoption is a way to provide your baby with a responsible family who will provide a safe and stable home life, financial security, quality education, and opportunities for a happy, fulfilling life. In order to legally adopt a baby, every family has to go through an intensive process called a home study.

Types of Adoption

  • Open adoption: the most common form in the United States It includes exchange of emails, letters, pictures, phone calls, and yearly visits.
  • Semi-open adoption: limited to only the exchange of photos, emails, and phone calls. There is usually no direct communication with the birth parents.
  • Closed adoption: no information is exchanged between the adoptive family and the birth parents after placement. This is an option if you are concerned about your privacy or if it would be too difficult for you to move forward otherwise. The choice is yours."

Birthfathers

There are two types of birth fathers: legal fathers and putative fathers. The legal father is married to the birth mother or just listed on the baby's birth certificate. Legal fathers have automatic parental rights and must consent to adoption plans. He is required to sign papers for an attorney or social worker. The putative father is not married to the birthmother, but is claimed to be the father. The putative father does not have automatic parental rights, but they must consent to an adoption plan. Both types of birth fathers play an important role in the adoption process.

Adoption Data

According to Adoption Network, "6 in 10 Americans have had personal experience with adoption, meaning that they themselves, a family member, or a close friend was adopted, had adopted a child, or had placed a child for adoption. There are about 1.5 adopted children in the United States, which is 2% of the population, or one out of 50 children." The Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic would be glad to help you further research adoption as an option for you. We are ready to talk with you and have respectful and honest conversations… even when it is difficult.

Information taken from Adoptionsupportnow.org and adoptionnetwork.com.

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