Adoption is an important option to consider when dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Because of the care involved in this process, we use the term “making an adoption plan,” as opposed to “giving up a child” for adoption.
Options for Pregnant Women
Adoption has changed a great deal over the years. Adoption Options can help your clients navigate this new landscape in a way that best serves their needs and those of their child:
- Women are encouraged to make decisions about their child’s future, including choosing adoptive parents for their child and the type of adoption they want, among other decisions.
- Adoptive families are carefully screened and prepared for parenthood. Women can learn about the adoptive family they choose for their child, and meet them if they like.
- If desired, women can hear about how their baby is doing after adoption through pictures and letters, or in person. We can facilitate open adoption, which allows for contact between the birth mother, her baby, and the adoptive family.
- Depending on the circumstances, birth fathers can take an active role in adoption planning.
Meeting with an adoption professional is the best way for a woman to become completely informed about adoption planning. This is a free service, and it does not commit your client to adoption planning.
We Can Help You Help Your Clients
The social workers of Adoption Options are trainers for the National Infant Adoption Training Initiative. We are available to provide free on-site training for your staff to help them talk with your clients about this important decision.
Click here for a handout with key information that you can share with clients who may be considering the option of adoption.