Pregnant Woman who Already has a Family

Pregnant Woman who Already has a Family

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Nancy Vegas. I grew up in southern Georgia, and lived there until I met my husband Will. We moved to Missouri for work, and settled down in Kansas City. We had our first child 17 years ago, and our second child followed two years later. We enjoy hiking, mountain climbing, and outdoor photography.

Are you a mother facing an unplanned pregnancy?

Yes. I am. My husband and I took our second honeymoon about 6 weeks ago. It was so romantic to see Venice in all of its splendor. We couldn’t help ourselves. A little bit of red wine, an evening alone without the kids, and viola, caution went out the window. I was a bit surprised to be pregnant at this age, but it is what it is.

Can you afford to take care of another child?

No. We can’t. We are about to send our oldest son, Dylan, off to college. He is attending Dartmouth and, even with some financial support, we are going knee deep in debt to support his education. Meanwhile, our second child, Elizabeth, is a special needs child who requires a lot of at home supervision. I actually stopped working several years ago to take care of her.

Are you considering adoption?

Yes. We are. We thought about terminating the pregnancy, but decided that adoption was the better option. We hope that by placing our unborn daughter for adoption, we will be able to make another family happy. Besides, we would like to have a relationship with our daughter. It’s just that we can’t afford to raise her ourselves.

What type of adoption are you considering?

After talking to an adoption counselor at Adoption Choices, we decided to have an open adoption. We are currently looking for adoptive parents, and hope that whatever adoptive parents we choose will allow our daughter to visit us from time to time. We understand that open adoptions allow for direct contact between the families, and even provide for some visitation opportunities depending on the nature of the agreement.

What do you hope to achieve by placing your daughter for adoption?

We hope to give our daughter the best life possible. If we raised her, we wouldn’t be able to give her the time and financial support she deserves. I’m also slowing down a bit at 46, and can’t imagine taking care of a teenager in my early 60s. However, by placing our daughter for adoption, we are sure to find a family or individual who is able to give her the time, care, and financial support she deserves.

Do you have any prospective adoptive parents in mind?

Yes. We met a nice couple through our Adoption Choices counselor. Their names are John and Mark. They live close to us, share our basic values, and are agreeable to having an open adoption. We are in preliminary discussions with them to create an open adoption agreement that allows us to visit our daughter from time to time.

Do you have anything else you would like to add?

Yes. We highly recommend considering adoption if you find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy. Our counselor at Adoption Choices has been very considerate and helpful throughout the process. Meeting all of the families and individuals who are interested in raising our daughter has also opened our eyes to the true benefits of adoption. We never knew that adoption could be this rewarding.

Birth mothers come from every background – they are married, single, very young, middle-aged, older –  incredibly diverse. All types of women choose adoption for various different reasons. Some, like Nancy, simply cannot afford another child. For more information, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri or call or text us at 1-877-903-4488.

Professional Pregnant Woman Chooses Adoption

Professional Pregnant Woman

Meet Katie. Katie grew up in a loving stable household. She lived with her parents and two younger siblings. As the oldest, she was always the responsible one. No drugs, no underage drinking, just a normal, if somewhat sheltered upbringing. Her parents didn’t have the best education, so they always expected the most out of their children.

Katie excelled in high school. She attended a magnet school where she was able to take special courses in business and finance. Katie made the honor roll all four years, and graduated 17th in her class of 126. More importantly, she honed her business acumen in preparation for a successful career.

After high school, Katie attended college at the University of Colorado, where she majored in business. Between her classes, boyfriend, and a multitude of extracurricular activities, Katie hardly had a moment to herself. Nevertheless she became the first in her family to graduate from college. Not only that, she graduated magna cum laude.

Katie landed a job soon after graduating from college. Work was tough, but Katie was prepared. She worked late to meet deadlines, and quickly secured a reputation for thoroughness and attention to detail that was unmatched by most of her colleagues. This set Katie on the fast track to a promotion.

Katie received her promotion, and decided to celebrate. She invited her boyfriend and their friends for a Friday night out. They partied a little harder than expected and one thing led to another. Katie woke up the next morning in her boyfriend’s bed with very little recollection of the previous night. A month later, the test came back positive. Katie was pregnant.

Katie has a long term career plan. A child is not part of it. After a lot of careful consideration, Katie decided to place her child for adoption. She contacted Adoption Choices of Missouri and spoke to one of our licensed adoption counselors. They quickly made a plan for an open adoption. This way, Katie could form a relationship with her child without sacrificing her long term career goals.

Not all women who place their children for adoption are irresponsible, drug addicted, teenagers, homeless, or the product of an unstable upbringing.

Women place their children for adoption for a variety of reasons. Some, like Katie, are simply young professionals who aren’t interested in balancing children with their career. Adoption is a loving and wonderful choice! Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri at 1-877-903-4488 for more information or to get started in your Adoption Journey.

 

What will the Adoptive Family or Adoption Agency need to know about me?

Imagine you’re a birth mother placing her child for adoption. You are about to meet the prospective adoptive parents for the first time. You may be nervous, you may be excited. Maybe it’s a combination of both. One thing you are probably thinking of is what will the prospective adoptive parents need to know about me.

The same holds true when you are meeting an adoption counselor at an adoption agency for the first time. Your adoption counselor is sure to have plenty of questions for you. In fact, this is part of the screening process for most adoption agencies. It is understandable to wonder what they want to know and how to answer their questions.

There is no magic list of things adoptive parents or adoption agencies will want to know about birth parents. There is also no magic way to answer the questions. However, prospective adoptive parents and adoption agencies will want to know some key facts. Here are a few questions that you should expect to hear from either an adoption agency or prospective adoptive parents.

1. Your medical history

Depending on whether you are in an open, semi-open, or closed adoption, adoptive families will want to know about your medical history. Specifically, in an open adoption, you can expect to receive at least one question about your medical history. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, just make sure to answer openly and honestly.

2. Your current life situation

Prospective adoptive parents and adoption agencies will want to know a bit more about your current life circumstances. This way, they can gauge your commitment to the adoption and make an informed decision on whether to enter into an adoption plan with you. Again, the best way to answer these questions is to be honest about your situation. Bad life circumstances won’t prevent you from placing your child for adoption. There is an adoptive family out there for every child.

3. Who you are as a person

Prospective adoptive parents and adoption agencies will also want to know more about who you are. They are not trying to be nosey, they are just curious. Whether you are a social butterfly or a homebody, they are sure to be interested in what you have to say.

4. Any substance abuse issues

It is important to disclose any substance abuse issues you may have to both the adoption agency and the prospective adoptive parents. Disclosing them will not prevent you from placing your child for adoption. However, disclosing these issues will help get you the help you need to stay clean throughout your pregnancy.

5. The birth father

Another common question to expect is who the birth father is and whether he plans to be involved in the adoption process. This question is important because some birth fathers will want to be involved in the adoption process or in the child’s life after the adoption occurs. Adoptive parents and adoption agencies will want to know his planned level of involvement so they can create an adoption plan that incorporates him if he so desires.

6. Anything else you may want to share

Sometimes, a prospective adoptive parent or an adoption counselor will ask you an open ended question to see what you feel should be shared with them. This is your opportunity to open up about anything you feel may be important to the adoption process. It will also allow you to share anything that you think is crucial for the wellbeing of your child before and after the adoption.

At the end of the day, there is no way to predict what questions you will receive from prospective adoptive parents or adoption agencies. The best tip to make the most of these meetings is to be open and honest regardless of the questions. This means disclosing the good and bad, including any substance abuse issues or any issues that may affect your safety. Being honest will help you provide the best life for your child. For more information, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri or call or text us at: 816-527-9800.

After the Adoption – What to Do as Adoptive Parents

After the Adoption – What to Do as Adoptive Parents

As adoptive parents, you spend so much time preparing for the adoption you sometimes forget what life will be like after the adoption. Life doesn’t stop after the adoption is finalized. It keeps on going, sometimes at a more hectic pace than before the adoption. You may be wondering what life will be like after the adoption. Here are a few things that you can do after the adoption.

1. Celebrate

An adoption is a huge milestone. Make sure to celebrate and welcome your new family member into your home. Celebrate in whatever way feels appropriate for you, whether that is throwing a party or simply staying at home and enjoying time with your new family member.

2. Update Records

After the adoption is finalized, you will have to update relevant records to reflect that the adoption occurred. This includes filing for a new birth certificate with your child’s new name, applying for a new social security card with your child’s new name, and updating insurance information to reflect that your child is on your plan with his or her new name. Don’t forget to also update (or create) your estate plan.

3. Form a Relationship with your Child

Now is the perfect time to form a relationship with your new child. Many companies offer unpaid time off or even paid time off for newly adoptive parents. Take advantage of the family leave policies that many companies offer to adoptive parents and take some time to build a relationship with your child.

4. Form a Relationship with the Birth Family

Depending on whether you are adoptive parents in an open, semi-open, or closed adoption, you may have the opportunity to keep on building a relationship with your child’s birth family. Forming this relationship is important since your child will almost certainly have questions about their birth family as they grow up. In an open adoption, you can even have direct contact with the birth mother, something that will be crucial in allowing your child to form a loving relationship with both of his or her families.

5. Keep on Learning

Your adoption journey isn’t over. The only difference between before and after the adoption is that now you are a parent. Keep on learning about your child and the best ways to raise him. A good source is your adoption counselor. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, your placement counselor is able to answer any question you have before and after the adoption.

So, there you have it. Five things to do after your adoption is finalized. For more information, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri or call us toll free at 1-877-903-4488.

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus

COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, is sweeping the world, with over 600,000 infected so far. The symptoms can be severe, especially for older adults. Coronavirus can even result in death. In fact, over 28,000 have died from the coronavirus. These grim statistics are resulting in social distancing and shelter in place orders worldwide.

With this worldwide pandemic, the most common question on peoples’ minds is how do they prevent catching the coronavirus. The answer is that there is no surefire way to prevent catching the virus, but that many common sense tips can dramatically reduce your risk of catching coronavirus. Here are four ways to reduce your risk of catching the coronavirus.

  1. Practice good personal hygiene

One of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of catching coronavirus is to practice good personal hygiene. Coronavirus is a respiratory illness, meaning it is spread through respiratory vapor. If someone who has the virus coughs into their hand then opens their front door, the germs in their cough will transfer to their hand and the front door knob. This is why practicing good hygiene is the best way to reduce your risk of coronavirus.

What does good personal hygiene mean? It means a lot of things. First, wash your hands frequently. When washing your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This way, any germs that are on your hands get disinfected and do not transfer to other surfaces. If you do not have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer that has at least 60 percent alcohol. Any less will not kill the germs that spread illnesses such as coronavirus.

Second, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. People touch just about everything with their hands, but they don’t touch much with their elbows. This means that coughing or sneezing into your elbow will reduce the risk that any germs in your cough or sneeze will spread to other surfaces.

Third, do not touch your face. Coronavirus is often spread when individuals who have germs on their hands touch their eyes, nose, and mouths. It is hard to avoid touching your face, but put in the effort. The average person touches their face over 20 times an hour. Reducing this amount will dramatically reduce your risk of accidentally infecting yourself with coronavirus.

  1. Practice Social Distancing

Coronavirus is often spead by people in close contact with each other. This is because respiratory droplets that carry the coronavirus in a cough or sneeze can travel approximately 6 feet. Social distancing is therefore one of the best ways to reduce your risk of catching the coronavirus. This is why governments across the world are closing restaurants, bars, and other places where large crowds gather, as well as ordering people to shelter in place.

There are plenty of easy ways to socially distance yourself from other people. First, avoid physical contact with other people. This means no handshakes and no hugging. Remember how people sometimes cough into their hand? If they then shake your hand, then that means your hand has the germs that carry the coronavirus.

Second, keep your distance from other people. As previously mentioned, respiratory droplets that carry the coronavirus can travel up to 6 feet. Staying more than 6 feet away from other people dramatically reduces your risk of catching the coronavirus. Avoid large crowds or areas where people gather in close spaces. Even better, meet people virtually via Zoom or Skype. It is impossible for the coronavirus to travel through internet connections.

  1. Keep Surfaces Clean

Studies have shown that the coronavirus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic surfaces and up to 24 hours on cardboard. Cleaning surfaces regularly is a great way to kill these germs and reduce your risk of catching the coronavirus. Some commonly used surfaces that you should clean on a regular basis are doorknobs, phones, light switches, tables, and remote controls.

  1. Boost your immune system

Another way to reduce your risk of catching the coronavirus is to have a strong immune system. The coronavirus is a virus. Just like with other viruses, having a healthy immune system can  help reduce the risk of becoming infected.

There are several ways to boost your immune system. They include eating the right foods, including whatever fruits and vegetables you can find at your local grocery store; getting enough sleep; getting a daily dose of exercise; and, trying to relax. After all, stress lowers your immune system, so staying calm even in these times is a great way to stay healthy.

These are four great ways to reduce your risk of catching the coronavirus. Stay healthy and stay safe. For more information, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri  or call us at 1-877-903-4488

 

 

 

Covid 19 (coronavirus) and Adoption

Covid 19 and Adoption

Covid 19, also known as Coronavirus 19 or simply coronavirus, has dramatically shaken up our world over the last couple weeks. Shops are closed, stocks are down, and social distancing is the norm. It seems like nothing is as it was just two weeks ago. And it seems like things are going to be this way for quite some time.

With all the news surrounding coronavirus and its impacts for older adults, most people probably aren’t thinking about how it affects pregnancy and the adoption process. However, coronavirus will have an impact on pregnancy and the adoption process so long as it remains a threat. Here are some ways pregnancies and adoptions will be different in light of the coronavirus.

Covid 19 and Pregnancy

Pregnancies will be different because of the coronavirus because the CDC warns that pregnant women may be more susceptible to respiratory infections such as coronavirus. This means that pregnant women should take precautions. These precautions include, but are not limited to, washing hands frequently, staying clear of crowds, and cleaning regularly used surfaces around the house.

Covid 19 and Adoption

Adoptions will also be different in many ways because of the coronavirus. Social distancing is having a dramatic affect on the adoption process. In the past, birth mothers would meet with prospective adoptive parents in person to determine whether the adoptive parents would be good parents for their children. Now, these meetings are taking place virtually, whether it is through Zoom or FaceTime.

Social distancing will also affect how home studies take place. Home studies usually take place in person and include interviews with multiple family members. However, with most employees working remotely, home studies may take place virtually or, in some cases, may be delayed. Adoption Choices knows that this can be frustrating, but remember that this is being done to ensure everyone’s health.

Hospitals may also pass new guidelines regarding visitors in light of coronavirus. These guidelines may include restricted visitors or restricted visiting times. This will change the adoption process because it may prevent or change in person visits during the birth mother’s hospital stay. Adoption Choices will inform prospective adoptive parents of these changes as soon as it learns more about them.

Covid 19 and Traveling

Coronavirus may also make it harder for adoptive parents to travel home with their newborn children. This is because fears regarding the coronavirus’ effect on a newborn child may make it harder to obtain medical clearance to travel on a plane. There is also always the possibility that future travel restrictions may limit the ability to travel in general.

These are just some of the ways that pregnancies and the adoption process may change as a result of the coronavirus. These changes are the last thing individuals need, but they are being done to ensure everyone’s health and well being. Just try to roll with the punches as best as possible. We will all get through this together.

For more information regarding adoption, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri.

 

 

 

What is a Home Study and why is it Necessary?

What is a Home Study and why is it Necessary?

Adoptions have a lot of complex legal requirements. One of those legal requirements is the home study. Every prospective adoptive parent has to complete a home study before the adoption can be finalized. It is often the most stressful part of the adoption process for adoptive parents. This is because a social worker or case worker actually enters their home and judges their fitness to be adoptive parents. What is a home study? What does it involve? Why is it necessary? This article will answer those questions.

What is a Home Study?

A home study is a study performed by a licensed social worker or case worker. The study educates prospective adoptive parents about adoption. The study also evaluates whether they have the capacity to adopt, are suitable adoptive parents, and have a sincere desire and commitment to adopt. The visit is performed to make sure that the home will be a safe environment for the adoptee. At the end of the study, the case worker makes a recommendation as to whether the prospective adoptive parent should be allowed to adopt.

What does the Home Study consist of?

A home study involves a lot of things. A licensed social worker or case worker interviews the prospective adoptive parents. She interviews them separately and as a couple, and talks to them outside of and inside of their homes. A home study also requires the case worker to check the prospective adoptive parents references; to check their medical, financial, and other relevant information; and, to conduct background checks and child abuse clearances. Finally, the home study involves actually visiting the home and seeing what conditions are like.

Home studies, while certainly stressful, are not designed to be judgmental or antagonistic. In fact, at Adoption Choices, the home study process is non-judgmental and cooperative. The licensed social worker or case worker works with the prospective adoptive parents to mutually assess the qualities and behaviors of the prospective adoptive family, including any previously adopted children or siblings by birth. This way, the case worker can work with the prospective adoptive family to identify any potential areas of difficulty and develop a plan to combat them prior to placement of the adoptee into their home.

Why do the Adoptive Families need a Home Study?

Home studies are necessary for a variety of reasons. First, they protect the adoptee and ensure he or she will receive a good family. The case worker will work with the prospective adoptive parents to determine whether the prospective adoptive parents can provide a safe and loving home for the child. This includes inspecting the prospective adoptive parents homes and conducting the necessary background checks.

Second, home studies make sure you are ready to be adoptive parents. The case worker will assess whether you are mentally, physically and emotionally ready to raise a child. For example, she will determine whether your home has all the supplies needed to raise a child or whether you are in a healthy state of mind. She will also help make sure you are fully prepared to take on the enormous responsibility of parenting.

Home studies also educate prospective adoptive parents about the adoption process. This is because the case worker is available to answer questions about the adoption process. She is also a great source for reading materials and resources that explain exactly how an adoption works. She will address your concerns so you can successfully navigate the adoption process.

Finally, home studies are necessary because they are a legal requirement. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, you still need to complete a home study. Even celebrities seeking to adopt complete home studies.

Home studies are a very important part of the adoption process. They gauge a prospective adoptive parent’s fitness to be a parent. This is stressful, but necessary. Just remember that the adoptee’s welfare is the most important part of any adoption. And don’t worry too much. Most prospective adoptive parents are approved to adopt. For more information, visit https://www.adoptionchoicesofkansasmissouri.com or call or text us at 1-877-903-4488

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 After the adoption – What to Expect (as a birth mother)

After the adoption – What to Expect (as a birth mother)

You’ve spent so much time preparing for the adoption. Nine months of doctors appointments and meetings with adoptive parents, not to mention the pregnancy itself. You then rushed to the hospital to give birth to your child, only to place him for adoption just days later. Now what. What will life be like after the formal adoption? Is my adoption journey truly over? What should I expect? These are just some of the questions you may be thinking as a birth mother who just placed their child for adoption. Let’s take a minute to discuss what to expect after an adoption if you are a birth mother.

Life After Adoption

Life after adoption is an important part of the adoption process for birth mothers. The most important thing to know about life after the adoption is that is a unique experience for everyone. In other words, your experiences as a birth mother depend on numerous factors. No two birth mothers will have the exact same post-adoption experience. Nevertheless, there are some common threads worth considering when discussing life after an adoption.

Life after an adoption begins with the finalization of the relinquishment paperwork and the formal adoption of your child by the adoptive parents. At this point, its natural to have strong emotions about the experience. It’s common for birth mothers to even question the decision to place their child for adoption immediately after the adoption takes place. This is completely normal. Moreover, it is completely normal to feel a sense of grief or loss after placing your child for adoption.

This is why adoption agencies provide post-placement counseling or referrals to counselors as part of their post-placement support for birth mothers. Your adoption counselor is also available to provide support and periodic check ins. She can also refer you to a post-placement counselor to provide additional support if you feel that is needed.

You can also expect to have some contact with your child after the adoption is finalized. This largely depends on whether you chose an open adoption, a semi-open adoption, or a closed adoption. For example, in open adoptions, birth mothers sometimes have the option to maintain direct contact with their children as they grow up. This could even involving meeting your child on an occasional basis to see how they are doing as they grow up.

If you chose a semi-open adoption, you can expect to have indirect contact with your child using your adoption agency as an intermediary as he or she grows up. You may even interact with your child in a closed adoption, albeit as an adult. This is because in the adoptee in a closed adoption can open his or her adoption records as an adult. It is always possible that your child will seek you out to find out more about you and why you placed him or her for adoption.

As the days turn into weeks and months, you can also expect to slowly but surely resume your life as it was before you began your adoption journey. For example, some birth mothers go back to school. Others resume their jobs or start a new career. Others decide to raise their own families. Others use their adoption journey as an opportunity to get a fresh start in life. It all depends on what you want to do with your life.

So, there you have it. You can expect to have a unique experience based on your own individual circumstances after the adoption. You may feel a strong range of emotions immediately after the adoption. You may also remain in contact with your child as he or she grows up. Finally, you will get the chance to resume your life before your pregnancy. For more information, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri  or call or text us at 1-877-903-4488

Pregnancy as a Birth Mother

When people think about adoption, they often think about the legal process of placing a child for adoption. They are not mistaken to think of adoption in those terms. Adoption is commonly defined as the process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another from that person’s biological or legal parents. However, this definition doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of what an adoption entails. For one thing, it doesn’t discuss the birth mother’s role in the adoption process.

The birth mother plays a huge role in the adoption process. She chooses the adoptive parents. She gives birth to the child. In many adoptions, particularly open adoptions, she forms a loving relationship with her child just like the adoptive parents. Perhaps most importantly, the birth mother undertakes the crucial role of caregiver during the entirety of her pregnancy.

Pregnancy has an enormous amounts of health ramifications for an expectant mother. Pregnancy also has ramifications for the child. Studies show that a child’s physical well-being throughout their lives is affected by the conditions they were exposed to during pregnancy. That is why it is so important for birth mothers to take care of themselves and their children during their pregnancy.

Here are six tips for how to have a healthy pregnancy.

  1. Don’t Smoke or Drink

This may seem obvious, but it needs repeating because it is so important. Don’t smoke or drink during your pregnancy. Smoking or drinking during pregnancy has very harmful affects on the developing child. For example, smoking decreases the oxygen flow to the child. This can lead to birth defects or premature births. Even smoking or drinking in moderation isn’t safe.

  1. Exercise

Exercise is perfectly safe for most pregnancies. Studies even show that exercise can reduce the risk of miscarriage and lead to shorter labor times. It can also improve mood, circulation, and sleep cycles. However, always check with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen. Not every pregnancy is the same, and some high risk pregnancies aren’t compatible with exercise.

  1. Monitor your Eating Habits

Everyone knows a birth mother is eating for two when pregnant. But make sure to monitor your eating habits when pregnant. Gaining too much weight will make it harder to lose it later, just as gaining too little weight during pregnancy puts your child at risk for low birth weight and developmental problems. A woman of normal weight should gain between 25 and 35 pounds when pregnant.

  1. Learn About Depression

Anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of women experience symptoms of major depression during pregnancy. Birth mothers placing their children for adoption are no exception to these statistics. Depression can lead to premature labor, so it is important to talk to your doctor if you lose interest in activities you enjoy, sleep too much, or experience any of the other signs of depression

  1. Buy new shoes

It’s no secret that pregnancy involves weight gain. This weight gain throws off your center of balance and puts extra pressure on your feet, which can lead to the flattening out of your feet. Your feet may also retain fluid and swell up. Wearing comfortable non-restricting shoes, or even going up a shoe size, can help combat this sometimes painful side effect of pregnancy.

  1. Get the right foods

Eating the right foods can have a great effect on your developing child. For example, a 2007 study showed that eating fish can lead to children having higher I.Q.s, better motor skills and better communication skills. This is because fish is high in omega 3 acids, which are good for brain development. Just make sure to eat the right kind of fish, as some fish contain mercury.

 

These are just a few of the many tips for having a healthy pregnancy. For more information, visit Adoption Choices of Missouri or call us Toll Free: 1-877-903-4488

 

 

Juno – Movie Review

Birth mothers are a very important part of the adoption triad. They choose adoptive parents, give birth to adoptees and, most importantly, nurture them throughout the term of their pregnancy. Nowhere is that stated more clearly than in Juno. Juno portrays the critical role birth mothers play in the adoption process in a funny and entertaining movie.

Unplanned Pregnancy and Choosing Adoption

Juno tells the story of Juno MacGuff, a 16 year old who gets pregnant after having sex with her best friend Paulie. Juno finds out she is pregnant and calls her friend Leah, who, after realizing that Juno isn’t joking around, suggests that she contact an abortion clinic. Juno debates whether to have an abortion, but, after visiting the clinic and being put off by the experience, decides to keep the child. She knows she is too young to raise the child herself. After talking with Leah, who suggests placing the child for adoption, they begin reading prospective adoptive parents ads for adoptions.

Eventually, Juno chooses a family that she feels is right for her child and decides to place it for adoption.

What follows is a hilarious yet accurate portrayal of the struggles birth mothers endure throughout their pregnancy. Juno undergoes the aches and pains of pregnancy. She also experiences emotional turmoil surrounding the decision to tell family members about their pregnancy and the decision to place the child for adoption. Luckily, her father and stepmother are relatively intelligent easygoing individuals. Unlike in a typical teenage drama, they are empathetic and willing to help Juno in her adoption journey from the get go. Her father even travels with her to meet the prospective adoptive parents.

Teenage Pregnancy & Birth Mother Love

The movie does a great job of going past the stereotypes surrounding teenage pregnancy. One scene in particular shines in this regard. Juno is at the doctor’s office getting her ultrasound when the ultrasound technician learns that Juno is placing the child for adoption. The technician responds by making a disparaging comment about teenage mothers and expressing relief that the child is being placed for adoption. Juno’s stepmother responds by explaining how Juno could be a better parent than the prospective adoptive parents while demolishing the technician’s remarks.

Juno also does a great job of showing the love that birth mothers feel for their children. Juno is clearly happy at seeing the ultrasound photos and knowing that her child is healthy. She also gets the chance to see the prospective adoptive mother interact with children. Juno is obviously excited to see the good interactions and know that her child will be placed with a loving and nurturing person. Finally, Juno is clearly upset at the possibility that the adoption may not work out because of the ramifications an unsuccessful adoption attempt will have for her child.

Types of Adoption

Juno also gets some of the specifics about adoption right. For example, the movie accurately discusses the difference between an open and a closed adoption. It also succinctly describes the benefits of an open adoption and what it would entail for a birth mother. While the movie takes the unusual route of having a closed adoption, this doesn’t detract from the movie in any way. Especially considering that closed adoptions still exist and there are legitimate reasons why a birth mother may choose one.

This movie is also genuinely funny. The drama of a teenage pregnancy and adoption journey is interspersed with liberal doses of humor. The scene where Juno finds out about her pregnancy is typical of the scenes. The seriousness of finding out about a pregnancy is balanced by the humor of taking a pregnancy test three times in a single day with the help of at least a gallon of Sunny D. Some of the humor isn’t appropriate for younger children, but it will make adults and older children laugh out loud.

Juno is a great movie. It showcases the journey birth mothers take during their pregnancies in a funny yet surprisingly informative manner. I highly recommend watching it.

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