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You find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy, and just don’t know what to do.

You don’t feel ready to be a parent, and abortion may or may not be an option for you. Our culture often tells you that those are your only two options, parenting or abortion. But, you do have another choice. To place your baby with an adoptive family.

We all know there’s a lot stigma and negative perceptions surrounding adoption. However, adoption can be one of the most selfless and loving decisions anyone can make. Adoptions are happening all around us without us even noticing! 1 out of every 25 families with children have an adopted child. Approximately 140,000 children are adopted in the US every year. In fact, for every child adopted in the US there are 36 families waiting for a child. The stigma is starting to fade.

If you feel like neither parenting nor abortion are right for you, here’s some info to help you to learn more about modern domestic adoption.

What is private adoption vs. agency adoption?

Private or independent adoption involves a direct placement between the birth mother and the prospective adoptive parent(s), without the use of an agency and no agency fees. This type of adoption may not be possible in all states. It's important to consult with an attorney prior to beginning your adoption journey, in order to understand which method of adoption is right for you and to ensure that you comply with the laws in your state.
Agency adoption involves placing a child with an adoptive family through a licensed child-placing agency. This option typically has more services to help the pregnant mother such as resource support, financial assistance and counseling.

What is open vs. closed adoption?

A closed adoption is one where no identifying information about the birth family or the adoptive family is shared between the two, and there is no contact between the families.
An open adoption allows for some form of association among the birth parents, adoptive parents and the child they adopted. This can include picture and letter sharing, phone and video calls, or even intermediary or open contact among the parties themselves. This process is often geared towards the birth mother who can choose and meet the adoptive family the child would be placed with.

What are birth parent rights?

If you’re considering making an adoption plan for your child, it’s important for you to understand your rights and responsibilities as you begin the adoption process. Birth father rights vary widely state to state. In most states, the rights of birth fathers are often different than the rights of birth mothers. Adoption laws vary from state to state, so all birth parents should speak with an experienced adoption attorney or adoption agency for more information on the adoption laws in your state.

Where do I start?

The first place to start is to talk with an adoption professional. In many states, that will be an adoption agency with an adoption counselors or an adoption attorney. Just meeting and talking with an adoption professional does not obligate you to place your child for adoption, and should not cost you any money, but it will help you to evaluate adoption among your other options.

Where can I go to hear real stories about adoption?

A great place to find testimonies from birth parents, adopted children and adoptive families is While this may be an overwhelming time for you, know there are people who have been where you are and can help. Even by simply reading this post, you are already equipping yourself to make the best decision for your pregnancy.

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