Choosing an Adoptive Family for Your Baby

Choosing an Adoptive Family for Your Baby

A fulfilling part of the adoption process is choosing the adoptive family for your baby. Adoption Choices of Missouri only works with families who are licensed to adopt a baby in the United States. Our adopting families have all been pre-screened and are ready to provide a safe, stable, and loving home. No matter what you are looking for, we believe there is a family out there that is a perfect fit for you and your baby.

To decide which adoptive family is the best fit, consider these questions:

  • Are you open to a single parent, or do you prefer a two-parent household?
  • Are you open to a gay, lesbian, and/or transgender couple?
  • Do you prefer a family in a specific location?
  • What kind of family values and views on parenting are you looking for in a family?
  • Is the family’s religion or spiritual beliefs important to you?
  • Do you prefer a family that already has children or plans to have/adopt more?
  • Is it important to you that the family have a large extended family they are close with?
  • What hobbies and interests do you want the family to have?
  • Does it matter to you whether one or both parents work outside the home?

We can help with these decisions and help you find your adoptive family! Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri  for more information Serving Expectant Parents Statewide (in Missouri and Kansas) Expectant Parent Hotline (24/7): 1-877-903-4488

Signs You’ll Make a Great Mother 

Signs You’ll Make a Great Mother 

Whether you’ve been thinking about starting a family for a while or have just begun to ponder the possibility, you may be asking yourself: do you have what it takes to be a great mother? To answer this, let’s explore what it means to be a mother. Some women know intuitively, but there are others who want to learn more about motherhood. For instance, those who are about  to become moms. 

It is important to remember that no one is perfect, including mothers. It can be a challenge to set unrealistic expectations that you think need to be met to be a great mom.But keep in mind, you’re human, and all you can do is try your best. Don’t compare yourself to others and try not to feed into pressures about what a great mother “should” or “should not” be. You might be a lot more prepared to be a mother than you believe, and once on your motherhood journey, you’ll learn and grow with your child. The bottom line is: don’t let doubts stand in the way of becoming the best mom you want to be.

If you are Hoping to Adopt and you want more information, call us at 1-877-903-4488. In the meantime, here are some signs you’ll make a great mother: 

You love and accept yourself. Before embarking on your motherhood journey, it’s important to know your worth and confidence. You accept and embrace your flaws that don’t define you but make you unique. You realize that even though life throws many ups and downs, you have an inner optimism that won’t waver. Loving and accepting yourself will help you love your child unconditionally and teach them to be confident. Practicing self-care is another essential part that benefits self-acceptance. Try not to put your well-being on the back burner, whether it be your body or mind. Setting the time to take care of yourself will help you nurture your child and be present in the joys of motherhood.

You are patient. You know how to listen and understand the importance of hearing what others have to say before jumping to conclusions or making decisions. Having self-control in your work and personal life demonstrates to yourself that you are self-aware. Self-awareness helps you not to become easily overwhelmed by small things, which is a part of motherhood. Children make mistakes and accidents happen. Everyone makes mistakes, and knowing how to handle them will positively shape you being a mother. Practicing measures of patience shows your strong level of responsibility and mindfulness. Instead of immediately wanting to take the route of reprimanding, you know how to take the time to assess situations calmly before explaining your perspective and the proper steps to take. Demonstrating patience in your life will help to instill that value in your child as they grow. 

You are devoted. Being committed to your work, your relationships and your hobbies show that you do things to the fullest. As a dedicated individual, you also make realistic choices and goals that are feasible and not impossible to achieve. You know that becoming a mother will push you to practice this virtue of being devoted even more, where you’ll help your child grow and learn in a safe, loving environment. You also know that it is essential to balance such devotion between your child as a mother, yourself as a partner and yourself as a friend. It is healthy to maintain equal amounts of time in all your roles as a person and remember that you, too, are entitled to a reciprocated commitment from your partner, your family, and friends who care about you. 

You know how to ask for help. Sometimes life can get hectic, and not everything goes as planned. Maybe your job promotion fell through, or your travel plans got canceled last minute. Regardless of the reason, it can be easy to get overwhelmed, especially about things that are out of your control. It is important not to overbook yourself and to remember that you’re not superhuman. Once on your motherhood journey, you know that there will be exhausting times, but that you can comfortably reach out to your partner, family and friends for an extra hand for little and big things. Communicating for help is an additional value that can be instilled in your child as they see their mother practice such an action. 

You know how to place boundaries. Whether it’s in the workplace or at home, you take charge of your responsibilities. You’re able to say “yes” or “no” when dealing with matters without being indecisive. As you grow as a mother, you can use your skills from experience to set boundaries for your child, which will teach them to follow the rules and the values that your family exercises. 

Signs You’ll Make a Great Mother

These are just some signs you’ll make a great mother. The list could go on. If you’re thinking about starting your motherhood journey, remember that every person is different, and it is okay if you don’t believe you have all of these personal characteristics mentioned. You likely have the traits to be a great mother! It is also okay to be a little anxious about becoming a mother, and that is natural. That shows that you’re seriously thinking about what it means to have and raise a child. Your life will change in surprising ways as a mother, and with a strong support network by your side, you’ll be able to face the challenges along the way and embrace the journey. 

If you are Hoping to Adopt and you want more information, call us at 1-877-903-4488.

 

What Expectant Parents Need to Know about the Adoption Process

What Expectant Parents Need to Know about the Adoption Process

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption, the ins and outs of the adoption process can be overwhelming. As an expectant mother, you are likely filled with many questions as you begin to navigate your potential journey toward adoption. While the adoption process can be overwhelming, there are numerous adoption resources available for you. The circumstances surrounding adoption vary widely, so it is important to really consider whether adoption is the right choice for you and your family. Despite whether or not your pregnancy was planned, you are here researching adoption, and making an informed decision is to be commended.

Within the adoption process, the hard things can become easier with the right understanding and mindset. As an expectant mother, you hold the key to the adoption process. The adoption triad, as it is often called, refers to you the expectant parent, the adoptive parent(s), and the child. Within that triad is a great deal of emotional complexities. However, if you travel through your adoption journey with the lens of what is best for your child, you will remain successful in your decision-making process concerning your child. Adoption Choices of Missouri seek to organize the adoption process into a meaningful overview, which will hopefully help you. While not every detail of the adoption process will be discussed here, the overall points of the adoption process will be.

What Is Adoption?

Adoption is a “legal process in which parental rights to a child (whose biological parents’ parental rights have been severed) are bestowed on adopting parents, creating a parent–child relationship where one did not previously exist. The adopted child has all the same legal rights and responsibilities as a biological child, including rights of inheritance.”

While the term “relinquish” may seem harsh, it is important to understand that as an expectant parent, you are the centerpiece of the adoption triad, and nothing happens without your continual consent and initiation. In order to be able to decide if adoption is the right decision for you and the circumstances surrounding your pregnancy, you first have to truly understand what adoption means. To further your knowledge of adoption, let us also explain that it is a matching process. As the expectant parent, you will be given a say in which prospective adoptive parents you would like your child to be placed with. So, while the legal jargon will exist, you will have your personal touch on the parent-matching process.

What Do You Want in Adoptive Parents?

You will need to decide what type of family you want for your child. This will include everything from their occupations, their family structure, what they do in their spare time, and everything in between. Think of this as the “best-case scenario” for your child. Do you want your child to be in a culturally diverse family or part of a certain religion? Remember that there will be a matching of sorts taking place with the prospective adoptive parents, so you will need to be sure of what you are looking for in a family.

In adoption, the process of selecting an adoptive family for your child is often called the “matching process.” This process typically involves you reviewing several profile books of adoptive families that meet your predetermined criteria. For example, if you have expressed that you want a culturally diverse family, Adoption Choices of Missouri will only show you the profile books of the families that met that specific criterion. Meeting adoptive parents in person can be an option based on your request. While the matching process can be intimidating, and perhaps uncomfortable, the purpose is to serve as a time for you to get some insight into prospective adoptive parents. No family will be absolutely perfect, so you will need to keep “what is best for my child” at the forefront of your mind.

What Type of Adoption Do I Want?

As you learn more about the adoption process, you will find that there are different types of adoptions available to you. These include open, closed, and semi-open adoptions. Kinship adoptions also exist, but these are adoptions that occur within biological families. For example, an aunt and uncle legally adopt their biological niece. Open adoption means that the relationship between the biological family and adoptive family is open, which would likely mean in-person visits.

The types of adoptions can vary and change over time, but, in general, an open adoption involves both parties being as open as possible. Some examples of open adoption may include the biological family attending the birthday party of the child or maintaining social media contact including video chats and similar media outlets. A closed adoption means that there is no ongoing contact between either party. Lastly, a semi-open adoption means that there is contact between both parties periodically. This contact does not likely include in-person visits but instead may include letters and pictures throughout each year. You will be able to decide what level of openness, if any at all, you’d like in the adoption plan you create for your child.

Adoption Is Right for Me, Now What?

Now that you have decided that placing your child for adoption is right for you and your family, you will begin to work closely with Adoption Choices of Missouri . We will begin to guide you through each step. Some of these steps will include paperwork and other legal discussions that can potentially be overwhelming, but it is our goal to keep your well-being as our top priority. During this time, you will ideally be provided with services like preplacement counseling to begin to help you understand and process what placing a child for adoption will look and feel like.

During your adoption journey, it is critically important that you get all of the counseling that you need. Such services can continue and should continue after placement. Your adoption professional will partner closely with you through the initial stages and into the matching stage with an adoptive family, placement, and finalization. Each of these stages of the adoption process brings its own challenges. As the expectant parent, you need to continue to communicate openly and honestly.

Adoption: From Start to Finish

Hopefully, at this point, you have a general overview of the adoption process. While this article does not discuss the process in complete detail, it does provide a general understanding. As an expectant mother, you will quickly discover that within the your journey you will have to muster up every ounce of strength, courage, and selflessness that you can. No part of the process is easy. The emotional challenges are monumental. And unfortunately, the decisions that must be made in all of their difficulties hardly wait for your emotions to catch up.

The adoption process should not be portrayed as an easy thing because it is far from easy. This is not meant to scare you as an expectant parent, but it is meant to keep you knowledgeable of the process ahead. With all that being said, however, there are resources across our country that make the adoption process manageable and a blessing for all involved. As with anything else, there can be less than desirable aspects to adoption, especially when you partner with agencies or other entities that function in unethical ways or those entities that approach adoption as a business. Adoption is a sacred and tender process, and it should be treated as such, especially when it comes to you: the expectant woman.

As a reminder, as you begin the adoption process, remember what is most important to you in terms of your child. Search your heart in light of your circumstances. Then, seek trusted counsel as you strive to make the most informed decision as possible regarding your pregnancy. Make an intentional effort to remember that if you do choose adoption and you walk through the adoption process from beginning to end, that you will need post-placement care. It will be easy to have the mindset of, “It’s done, so now I can move on.” However, that outlook can potentially lead to emotional trauma for you down the road. To avoid that and to maintain an emotionally healthy life after placement, you will need to be disciplined in your post-placement care. You may find yourself having to advocate for yourself as you obtain counseling.

Regardless of whether or not you actually complete the adoption process, your wisdom in evaluating all of your options as an expectant parent is to be complimented. Your desire to do what is best for you and your family speaks volumes to the love you are already showing for your child. Parenting comes in many different forms, and adoption is just one of those forms. If adoption ends up being part of your story, please know there are strong and thriving adoption communities that will not only love you through it, but will also support you as an expectant parent.

Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri  for more information
Serving Expectant Parents Statewide (in Missouri and Kansas) Expectant Parent Hotline (24/7): 1-877-903-4488

Our Services for your Adoption Plan

OUR SERVICES FOR YOUR ADOPTION PLAN

We are operating full service during this time and will not be shutting down operations. Please let us know how we can help.

Financial Support for Adoption

An unplanned pregnancy can be a strain on you both physically and financially. If you are considering adoption, as an expectant mother, Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri can assist you with financial support and proper nutrition, including Food Stamps, WIC, and ongoing grocery expenses.

We are a local child adoption agency that provides one on one support to each of our birth mothers. We have offices in Wichita and Kansas City and case workers located throughout the state ready to help you. We provide the highest level of birth mother support. Read more about out financial support.

Safe Housing for Adoption

Not having adequate housing or a safe place to sleep can lead to unnecessary stress and discomfort during your unplanned pregnancy.

Providing birth mother support, Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri can help you find and afford proper housing so you can rest easy.

Medical Care for Adoption

As an expectant mother, access to prenatal care should be one of your biggest concerns, especially with an unplanned pregnancy, and we are here to help.

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri can help you apply for Medicaid and receive appropriate medical care throughout your pregnancy.

Support Counseling for Adoption

Putting your child up for adoption will not be an easy choice. We are here for you.

We are a local child adoption agency that cares. A compassionate birth parent counselor from Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri will be by your side to provide you with comfort and emotional support. Meet our team!

Our involvement doesn’t end there, we are with you through the birth and post-placement for all of your emotional needs.

Birth Mother Application for Adoption

If you are considering adoption and ready to work with a local birth parent counselor at Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri, contact us at 1-877-903-4488  for birth mother support.

Substance Use While Pregnant in Quarantine

Substance Use While Pregnant

Have you just found out that you are pregnant?
Are you stuck at home and find yourself wanting to use to ease the boredom?
What do you do first? It is important for a pregnant woman to know how to take care of herself and in turn take care of her baby – even if you are choosing adoption. Immediately upon finding out you are pregnant, a woman must stop smoking, using drugs, and stop drinking alcohol to ensure health. Good nutrition, exercise, and reducing stress are all important to a mother and baby’s well-being too.

Abstaining from alcohol and drug use (illegal and prescription), unless a Doctor has advised otherwise, is critical during pregnancy. Adoption Choices of Missouri strives to offer education and information on substance use during pregnancy, enabling birth mothers to make responsible and appropriate choices. We know it’s an uncertain time – the world feels scary, your situation feels scarier – but using drugs is not the answer. At minimum, you get a moment of escape. At max, you die. Or risk the death of your unborn baby.

We are committed to providing a judgment free environment where substance use can be openly and honestly discussed. It’s easy to deny substance use out of guilt, embarrassment, or fear that your baby won’t be adopted. But that’s just not true! First, we can offer referrals to community resources for treatment and support – even during the quarantine lockdown.

Next, our adoptive families share the same compassion and understanding for our birth mothers and are excited to build their family! While it’s true that some adoptive parents may not be open to drug or alcohol use during pregnancy, many wouldn’t hesitate to adopt a baby with this exposure. This is because adoptive parents receive a lot of education about drug and alcohol use. They understand the risks of this during pregnancy. While they might prefer that the baby wasn’t exposed to drugs or alcohol during pregnancy, it won’t make them change their minds about adopting.

Our goals: healthy mothers and healthy babies!

Why Should I Be Concerned About Drug Use During Pregnancy?

Mothers who use substances during pregnancy put themselves and their baby at risk. Studies suggest, women who use substances are less likely to seek pre-natal care. They are at higher risk to contracting STDs, HIV, and Hepatitis. The adverse effect on the baby can include poor growth, birth defects, premature birth, and seizures among others.

If you are thinking, well I’m “giving up” my baby for adoption anyway, please consider 1) you are not giving up your baby, you are placing him/her with a loving family and 2) you are giving your baby life. No life deserves suffering. Read on…

Different substances can cause different problems for the baby:

Heroin and related Opiates including Methadone – Seizures, and severe withdrawal symptoms which can last as long a 6 months

Cocaine – Increased rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Alcohol – Has significant effects on the growing fetus, and baby. Babies with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome have deformities which affect their facial features, head and heart. Their growth is impacted, and they also born with intellectual disabilities (mental retardation) which impacts the rest of their lives. The withdrawal period for alcohol can be a long a 18 months.

Amphetamines – Linked to premature births and babies with low birth weights. Babies can also experience bleeding in their brains.

Marijuana – Can cause baby to have low birth weight

Cigarettes – Increased risk of premature births, still births, and low birth weight.

Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome

Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome refers to symptoms and problems babies experience when they withdraw from drugs they were exposed to prior to birth. Everything you put into your body as a birth mother is also put into the body of the fetus directly from the mother’s blood stream, to the baby, through the placenta. Anything from simple things like caffeine to illegal drugs to alcohol has opportunity to harm the baby. Chances of birth defects such as premature and underweight babies, stillborn births, behavioral issues, brain structure changes, fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), addiction, and more.

Any drug which is taken during pregnancy has an effect on the baby. When a baby is born addicted to substances the baby will begin to show symptoms of withdrawal sometime after birth. How soon the symptoms begin to show depends upon the substance, but usually symptoms will begin to show anything from a few hours after birth, or up to 10 days after birth.

The following list gives examples of some of the symptoms newborn babies may experience:

  • High-pitched crying
  • Seizures
  • Tremors (trembling)
  • Irritability (excessive crying)
  • Sleep problems
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea which can lead to Dehydration
  • Tight muscle Tone
  • Weak sucking and Poor feeding
  • Sweating, Fever, or Inability to Regulate their own Temperature
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Itching

It is important to understand, babies experiencing withdrawal symptoms may require specialized medical treatments to safely manage their withdrawal symptoms.

Neo Natal Abstinence Syndrome Treatments

Treatments for Neo Natal Abstinence usually involves the baby being given medications to control their often severe symptoms. Severe symptoms would include seizures. The type of medications used to treat symptoms will depend on the substance the baby was exposed to, and how well they respond to the treatment. Methadone is used to treat Heroin and other Opiates; Morphine is used to treat Benzodiazepine withdrawal; and Benzodiazepines are used to treat Alcohol withdrawal. These are some serious medications to give a tiny baby, but necessary to manage their pain and symptoms. Many babies require months of treatment in the hospital before they are healthy enough to go home.

Babies suffering, and it really is suffering, with withdrawal symptoms need specialized care. Usually, babies will begin to show symptoms in the hospital shortly after birth and before discharge. When symptoms are noticed by the medical staff they will begin treating the baby for the withdrawal symptoms. Other babies, may have already left the hospital before any symptoms begin to show. If this is the case, medical treatment should be sought as soon as the symptoms appear.

How Can Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome Be Prevented?

This is easy. In order to prevent Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome it is preferable for a mother to stop substance use prior to becoming pregnant. If this is not possible, or the pregnancy was not planned, a woman should stop using substances as soon as she realizes she is pregnant. Help is available, and we can help you find it!

Open Disclosure

If you have used drugs or alcohol during your pregnancy, it is important to be open and honest with your baby’s medical team. Denying substance use is fine when it’s your own health involved, you have that right, and the right to make our own decisions, good or bad. However, when your baby can’t speak for itself, it is time to stand up and do the right thing.

Denying substance use is pointless anyway when your baby is showing clear signs of withdrawal. The medical team will know. Many women will deny their substance use until they see the distress their baby is in from the withdrawal. It is at this point reality hits and the regret sets in, but it is not too late to stand up and do the right thing by providing the medical team with the information they need to correctly treat the baby.

No matter who you are or your circumstance, your team at Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help! Call or text us:
IN KANSAS: (316) 209 2071
IN MISSOURI: (816) 527-9800

Do I get paid for adoption in Missouri?

If you’re unexpectedly pregnant, having to worry about money can put you under additional stress. In this article we will answer a common question: “Do I get paid for adoption in Missouri?” and discuss financial support that is available to you with Adoption Choices of Missouri.

Do I get paid for adoption in Missouri?

Adoption Choices of Missouri works to help expectant women receive as much financial assistance for placing your baby for adoption as possible while you’re going through the adoption process. We want you to have one less thing on your troubled mind.

While you do not get paid for adoption, if your circumstances allow, we can help you find financial assistance for everyday costs like:

  • Housing and Rent
  • Medical care
  • Transportation
  • And more

Additionally, all of our legal services are offered completely free of charge to you along with some adoption services like:

  • Helping you sign up for free medical care throughout your pregnancy and delivery
  • Access to free counseling and support services before, during and after the adoption; whenever you need them
  • Help finding the perfect adoptive parents for your baby
  • General case management and adoption planning services

While you’re sorting through the process of finding adoptive parents for your child, we can help handle whatever adoption – and pregnancy -associated costs that are allowed by law so that you can focus on doing what’s best for you and your baby.

How to Get Paid for Adoption Costs

Pregnancy and childbirth are expensive even if you’re medically insured, and maintaining a consistent work schedule can be difficult as your pregnancy progresses. When you choose to place your baby for adoption with Adoption Choices of Missouri  you may be eligible to receive some form of “payment” for birth mothers in the form of living expenses. These can help offset the costs of your pregnancy and adoption.

The amount of adoption financial assistance that you can receive will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The birth parent living expense laws and limits set by the state law that applies to your adoption plan
  • Your current income
  • Your current living situation
  • If you have any dependents that you’re financially responsible for

We’re here to help you navigate these laws so that you’re able to receive the maximum amount of adoption compensation for birth mother expenses that is available in your situation.

Birth Parent Living Expense Laws in Missouri:
“Do You Get Money for Putting a Baby Up for Adoption in MO?”

The answer is a little more complicated than just a simple yes or no. No one should ever give you money to influence your adoption decision. However, as a woman considering adoption, Missouri does allow adoptive families to pay for certain pregnancy-related expenses. So, while you don’t get paid for adoption, you may receive financial assistance to help you keep up with bills and additional costs related to pregnancy. Pregnancy-related expenses may include but are not limited to: Rent, Utilities, Food, Phone service, Transportation, Maternity clothes, and Medical expenses.

Missouri prevents adoptive parents from paying any expenses deemed unreasonable by the courts, and it’s illegal to ever exchange money for the termination of parental rights.

Additionally, in Missouri essential services such as free medical care, counseling, and legal representation are always provided for women considering adoption. You may qualify for MO adoption compensation for birth mother living expenses as well as the costs of pregnancy and birth, in addition to post-adoption birth parent benefits. Pregnancy-related expenses may include but are not limited to: Rent, Utilities, Food, Phone service, Transportation, Maternity clothes, and Medical expenses.

“Is it free to put a child up for adoption in Missouri?” Yes. Placing your child for adoption always comes at no expense to the birth mother.

We are here for you. A caring caseworker from Adoption Choices of Missouri will be by your side to provide you with comfort and emotional support. But our involvement doesn’t end there. We’re with you through the birth and afterward for all of your emotional needs.

Adoption Choices of Missouri will cover appropriate living expenses to birth mothers who need the help. We understand how difficult it is to get back on your feet and return to work after delivering a baby.
Contact us Toll Free: 1-877-903-4488

Why Choose an Open Adoption?

Why Choose an Open Adoption?

In a previous article, we discussed the types of adoption that are available to you as birth mothers. There are open adoptions, semi-closed adoptions, and closed adoptions. Today, we want to help you choose an open adoption and why it might be the best option out of the three for you. Adoption Choices of Missouri can help you with choosing an open adoption and we continue to support you during these unknown times.

What is an Open Adoption?

Recalling the definition of an open adoption, “both parties keep close contact with each other throughout the process and communicate with each other as much as possible to ensure the child will be placed in the best possible situation. This means that both the adoptive parents and birth parents work closely with each other throughout the adoption process to help the adoption process go more smoothly.” 

Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri at 816-527-9800 to learn more!

Why is an Open Adoption Important?

An open adoption can be very beneficial since there is the most open communication available. Open communication between the birth and adoptive families is important and invaluable. The adoptive parents can easily provide documents such as social security cards, and birth certificates.The birth parents and adoptive parents can also frequently communicate with each other over time. This can be great because when the child is older, he or she can be able to frequently visit his or her birth parents and build relationships with both couples. The child can know that they are receiving double the love. Communication is key to everything and it is the most important reason as to why choosing an open adoption works best! 

Communication is everything in an open adoption. Not only is it important for the child, but it is important for all members of the adoption community. An open adoption allows for the child to see the adoption process as something positive and something that they should be proud of. When the child is older, they might be able to confidently share their story about where they came from and talk about the life that they have lived and what being adopted means to them. Without open communication, how would the child be able to tell their story?

What does an Open Adoption mean in real life?

An open adoption means a lifetime of hope and happiness for a child. It is extremely important for all involved members of the child’s adoption, including the child, to be able to discuss confidently and positively throughout all stages of the adoption process. Both the birth and adoptive parents will be happier and have confidence in their child. Most importantly though, the child will be happy and will have a wonderful life ahead of them! They can also share their story with others as they grow and talk about how effective an open adoption was for them personally! 

If you are considering an open adoption or want to learn more about the types of adoption available, Adoption Choices of Missouri serves birth parents and adoptive parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more!

Call or text us at 816-527-9800

Author Bio: Hello! My name is Jason and I am an Editorial Intern for Adoption Choices for the Summer of 2020! To read more about Jason, click here!!

 

 

 

Choosing an Adoptive Family

Choosing an Adoptive Family

You’ve made the decision to adopt. Yay! The next step in the adoption process is to choose an adoptive family. Keep in mind that there are many types of adoption families that are hoping to adopt. Any family would be more than happy to adopt your child and Adoption Choices of Missouri can help you choose a waiting family. Today, we have listed four types of families that are always looking to adopt. There are many many more types of adoptive families and Adoption Choices of Missouri can help you to make a match to best fit your particular situation. Remember, we are available for you even during these unknown times.

Same Sex Adoption or LGTBQ Adoption

The first type of adoptive family we want to discuss are those families in the LGBTQ community. Since naturally, two men, two women, and possibly those identifying as transgender can’t give birth, this option is appealing to many birth mothers. Adoption may be the only possible way that these families can have a child of their own and those in the LGBTQ community want to have their own child so they can start their own family.

Families in the LGTBQ community genuinely want to have a child that they can love for the rest of their lives and they’re waiting for you.

Younger Couple & Older Couple Adoption

The second type of adoptive family that we will be discussing are younger and older couples. These couples are seen as possible options for adoption quite frequently and we want to highlight the key importances of both older and younger couples. Please see the bulleted list below for some key characteristics of each couple.

Younger Couple Adoption

  • May see adoption as a preferred means of parenting rather than trying for a baby themselves.

  • Can be more familiar with children and may have a lot experience working in children in jobs such as childcare.

  • Will be able to spend more time with their child and watch them grow.

Older Couple Adoption

  • Are typically wiser and are very familiar with how to parent.

  • Will not require assistance with parenting. If one or more members of an older couple is retired, they can stay at home and watch the child all day. This allows for more time developing personal connections.

  • See adoption as a way to raise children and start a family when they may have never had an opportunity to previously.

  • May be more financially stable and fiscally prepared to provide care.

Single Parent Adoption

Thirdly, we want to discuss single parents. It is believed that single parents will not succeed well financially and they may be in a situation where they have done something to “screw their life up”, but this isn’t true! For many single parents, some may be infertile or also identify as gay or lesbian. Furthermore, single parents may not have found their soulmate yet. Maybe they just went through a difficult relationship or their spouse may have passed or is somewhere else. It doesn’t matter why he or she is single, he is ready to be a parent! Single parents are always looking to adopt and the vast majority are responsible and know what to expect when it comes to the adoption process.

Remember, at Adoption Choices of Missouri, we are here to help you choose the right adoptive family. We recognize each individual situation as unique and we will do whatever is possible to ensure that the adoptive family you choose can be loving and trusted with your child. Thank you!

Adoption Choices of Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more! Call or text us at 816-527-9800

Author Bio: Hello! My name is Jason and I am an Editorial Intern for Adoption Choices for the Summer of 2020! To read more about Jason, click here!!

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If you are pregnant and looking to explore adoption options confidentially, please enter your name, number, or email. Let us know if you prefer us to call, text, or email you. It is 100% free, and we are available 24/7.