Are you considering adoption for your child, but would like to understand how the process works? We will walk you through every step of the process and explain what you will need to do and how we may to assist you in completing your adoption.
Step 1 - Is Adoption right for me & my child?
Many women that have faced an unplanned pregnancy were unsure if they were ready to be a parent. The decision you make whether it’s to parent and make an adoption plan must be your decision and no one else's. Every situation is different and you are the only one that knows what is best for you and your child.
There are many women each year that choose adoption for their child. The main reason is because they love their child and want their child to have a life filled with love, stability and opportunity. Listed below are some other reasons women chose adoption for their child:
Step 2 - Becoming aware of your feelings and educating yourself on adoption.
When a woman is considering adoption, very few are 100% confident when they begin the process. For those women who choose adoption, this uncertainty begins to fade away as they receive more information about the adoption process and about the adoption process, and later, get to know the adoptive family.
Below are some questions women have had who were considering adoption. Once their questions were answered, they felt much more confident about their adoption plan.
Step 3 - How ABL Adoptions Can Help
You won’t find another agency like ABL Adoptions. Our staff is passionate about adoption for many reasons. We have staff that have adopted, been adopted and also have made an adoption plan for their child. So many of us have truly walked in the shoes of those going through adoption. Whether it’s a birth mother needing to make an adoption plan or an adoptive family wanting to adopt ~ ABL understands what you’re feeling and what you will feel in the coming days and weeks. We are here to help you each step of the way.
Because we literally “live” adoption, our personal and professional experiences provide us with a better understanding of what each woman considering adoption is experiencing and expecting throughout the adoption process. This has allowed us to offer the following services that are important to prospective birth parents, many of which are unique to our agency:
Step 4 – Choose Your Adoption Plan
At ABL Adoptions, your Adoption Coordinator will work with you to create your adoption plan. This can include selecting the type of family you want, the level of openness you would like ~ either closed, semi-open or completely open. You can also create your hospital plan and detail if you care for the baby or the adoptive family does, and whom you want in delivery, etc. You need to feel 100% comfortable with your plan and we can help you through the process.
Step 5 – Select the Adoptive Family
ABL Adoptions is a Licensed Child Placing Agency in Louisiana and Indiana. We work with many adoptive families from those two states, however we also work with many other families from across the U.S.A and Canada. So you can feel confident that you will find a family that completely matches your adoption plan.
Our agency completes a thorough evaluation on prospective adoptive families, and they must meet the following guidelines in order to adopt:
Step 6 – Bonding with your Adoptive Family
Over time, many adoptions have become more open. This has given both birth parents and adoptive families the opportunity to spend time with each other prior to placement. By doing so, this can help you feel more comfortable with your selection.
If you are interested in getting to know the adoptive family, the following are the most common forms of contact:
Step 7 – Hospital Plan
Your hospital plan is much like your adoption plan in that you have full control over what happens during delivery and after the baby is born. Your Adoption Coordinator will help guide you in creating your hospital plan.
Step 8 – Post-Placement Contact
Post-placement contact can be as much or as little as you want; again, it all comes down to your adoption plan.
The most common form of post-placement contact is pictures and letters. Over 90 percent of our adoptions see the adoptive family send pictures and letters periodically to the birth mother of her child.
Other forms of contact birth mothers have chosen are emails, phone calls and future face-to-face visits. There is always an adoptive family who wants the same adoption relationship that you are seeking. By telling us what type of relationship you would like to have with your adoptive family will enable us to select family profiles that would like the same.
If you have any questions about the adoption process, please call us at 1-866-650-5683. We would be happy to send you some free adoption information or arrange a personal meeting. In no way does contacting us commit you to an adoption plan; it simply allows us to provide you some information to help you make a decision in you and your child’s best interest.