What is Adoption?

What is Adoption?

As a birth mother who is looking into adoption, you might have a lot of questions. After all, adoption is a huge world to navigate, and placing your baby for adoption a big decision. You might not know where to look at first, but we at Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri would love to help you understand what is adoption?

Defining Adoption

Adoption needs to be defined better. In Webster’s dictionary, adopt means “to take by choice into a relationship.” Adoption is, by choice, a voluntary action for many adoptive parents. That is the easiest definition that we can go by. For everyone involved in the adoption process, the word itself means different things. Ranging from becoming the happiest family ever to having the best childhood ever, adoption changes everyone’s life in a different way.

“Adoption” can also mean different things to people. To someone who has had a closed adoption or anything related to that, it might have negative connotations to them depending on their experience. But to the ones who are and have been open about their adoptions, they have learned to embrace their own identity for themselves and not be ashamed; they are able to talk about the immeasurable love that their birth mothers had for them in giving them their best chance at having a beautiful childhood and good life.

It is also important to understand that “adoptive” means “made or acquired by adoption,” which refers to parents who have adopted a child. This term should only be used during the adoption process to help you understand the different terms. Only after the process is done should the terms be dropped.

A Brief History of Adoption

Before 1851, adoption wasn’t legal – there were no laws that actually protected the adopted children. It was always done in secret. Children of unmarried women were seen as illegitimate and were almost always put into orphanages or families who would be willing to take them in because no one wanted them and their mothers were deemed unfit to raise them on their own. There was a lot of pressure on them, and most often, the adoptions were done with the best interests of the children in mind.

In 1851, the Adoption of Children Act was enacted. This Act was put in place to make adoptions legal and safe for children. In the century that followed, organizations started popping up that strived to help adopted children in any way possible. In the 1970s, adoptions reached a peak and most of them were done by agencies. Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri was formed in 2006 or thereabouts to help facilitate adoptions better.

Impact of Adoption 

Adoption impacts you, the birth mother, in different ways. It’s often a hard decision to struggle with, and can be traumatic for anyone really. It’s normal to deal with a lot of emotions all at the same time – especially loss. Some people might not understand since adoption is always seen as a choice you make. You might feel guilt or shame for having given up your child and it might affect your other relationships in a negative way.

To understand how to deal with the impact that it has on you, it is important for you to find the support that you need to help you through the transition.Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri can help you learn to deal with the impact of adoption in a healthy way and connect you with support groups.

What is Adoption 

Coming into the world of adoption can be a whirlwind. It helps to get an idea of what you’re looking for if you understand a bit of the history of adoption and understand the impact that Adoption might have on you. Please know that if you have any questions, Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri is here to help you.

Adoption Choices of Kansas Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll free at 877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at 1-816-527-9800

Meet the Author: Sofia Becker is currently a student at Liberty University and is majoring in a Bachelor of Science in History with a double minor in Biblical Studies and writing. She is currently working on a Robin Hood retelling and an entire epic fantasy world in the making. In her spare time, she loves watching The Officeand Disney movies.

Through her blogs, and her passion for helping and encouraging others, she hopes to make a difference in someone’s life. She also looks forward to becoming a better writer and editor. To learn more about Sofia, be sure to check out her blog and Instagram.

 

Qualities to Look for in Adoptive Parents: Figuring Out What Matters to You

Qualities to Look for in Adoptive Parents: Figuring Out What Matters to You

You’re unexpectedly pregnant and have made the courageous decision to choose adoption. Now it’s time to make another choice: the adoptive family.

You may have a clear picture of the type of adoptive family you’re looking for. Maybe you have a couple of characteristics in mind that are important to you. Or, you might have no clue where to start. Wherever you are in the process mentally and emotionally, at Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri, we are here to help you as you search for the family that will adopt your baby.

Here is  an overview of the matching process and a breakdown of qualities to look for in adoptive parents:

Finding a match

First, your adoption caseworker will send you profiles of adoptive parents waiting to adopt. Rest assured that adoptive parents at Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri must go through background checks, interviews and home studies. These families are qualified and ready to welcome your baby into their homes and hearts.

The provided profiles include photos and information that will allow you to get to know the adoptive parents and figure out if they are a good fit for you. Through “Dear Birth Mother” letters and detailed descriptions, the waiting families share their stories and adoption dreams. You will learn about their lifestyle, education and employment, interests, beliefs and values, hometowns and so on. You will read about their reasons for choosing adoption and learn about the love, life and opportunities they would give your child.

As you browse the profiles of hopeful adoptive parents, you can mull over your options and weigh which qualities matter most to you. Then you will select your child’s adoptive family. After you’ve matched, your caseworker will coordinate communication. You and the adoptive parents will determine how you want to keep in touch during your pregnancy and post placement.

How will you know which family is the right family for you? Remember that this decision is about what matters to you. What type of parent do you want to raise your baby? What kind of life do you envision for your child? You may wish for your child’s life to be similar to yours in ways, or you may imagine a life for them that is totally different. What are your hopes for your baby? For inspiration, here are some ideas and questions to consider as you decide on an adoptive family:

Family type and size

  • AdoptiveParent(s):Do you want your child to grow up in a two-parent household? Is it important that your child’s parents are married? How long have they been in a relationship? Do you want an LGBTQ family to adopt your baby? How do you feel about a single parent raising your child?
  • Other children:Do you want your child to be an only child? Or do you want your child to grow up with siblings? How many siblings? Does the family already have children? Does it matter to you if the family’s other children are biological or adopted? Does the family have plans to grow their family? Do you want the family to have had previous experience with adoption?
  • Extended family:Are the adoptive parents close with their parents and siblings? Do you want your child to have grandparents who are actively involved in their life? Is a big extended family of aunts and uncles and cousins important to you? Would you like for the adoptive family to live near their relatives?
  • Pets:Do you want your child to grow up in a family with a dog or cat or other pet?

Age

Do you have a preference for adoptive parents who are about the same age as you?  A little older? A little younger?

Education and employment

You may want to consider the adoptive parents’ education level. Does it matter to you if they graduated from college or have an advanced degree?

What do the adoptive family members do for a living? Will they be able to provide financial stability for your child and what opportunities will they be able to give your child? How much do they work? Do they work from home? Would you prefer for your child to be raised by at least one stay-at-home parent?

Race, ethnicity, and culture

Do you want the adoptive parents to share the same race and/or ethnicity as your child? Or are you open to a transracial adoption? Would you like the adoptive family to be bilingual?

Views, values, and beliefs

Is it important to you that the adoptive family has values and worldviews that are similar to yours? Do you want your child to grow up in a faith-based household?

Hometown and home 

Where does the adoptive family live? Depending on the level of openness you prefer and your comfort level, you may or may not want the adoptive parents to live in the same town or state.

Is their home in a rural area or do they live in the city? Do they live by the ocean or the mountains? Do they live in a neighborhood with other families with young children? Are there good schools in their district? Are there nearby parks or museums?

What is their home like? Do they live in a big house, a condo or an apartment? Do they have a backyard?

Hobbies, interests and social life

What does the adoptive family do for fun? Do they spend a lot of time outdoors? Do they play sports? Do they have family game nights? How do they celebrate birthdays and holidays? Do they travel? Do they love going to the movies? Reading? What do they like to do with their friends?

Parenting philosophy

What is their parenting style? What values will they teach your child? How will they express their love and support? What traits make them a great parent? If they already have children, what has their parenting experience been like?

Why are they choosing to adopt? What sort of relationship do they envision with you, the birth mother?

Personality

How do they describe themselves? What is their character like?

Qualities to look for in adoptive parents

These are just a few ideas and questions to think about as you look through adoptive family profiles. Some qualities may be really important to you; others may not matter so much. There are no right answers or opinions. Trust and respect your instincts. Do you feel like you connect with this adoptive family? Do you feel confident that they will provide your child with a loving and fulfilling life? As you figure out which qualities to look for in adoptive parents, you are one step closer to your adoption success story.

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll free at 877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at 1-816-527-9800

Meet the Author: Zoë Bowlus, a writing and editing enthusiast, considers herself a grammar groupie and suffers from a weakness for wordplay and working with words, whether she is reading, furiously typing away, playing Words with Friends, or filling in the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.

She was adopted from Vietnam as a baby and began exploring her adoptee identity in Asian American Studies and Communication courses at UC Santa Barbara. As she combed through adoption literature for her last essay of college (she graduated with highest honors in 2020), she was inspired to use the research, editing, and writing skills she developed in college and her personal experience to create resources and share stories about adoption in a professional context. Writing for Adoption Choices, Zoë hopes to support people on their adoption journeys and to grow as an adoptee herself.

Zoë is an aspiring cat lady who is allergic to cats. She enjoys curling up with homemade hot chocolate, kettle corn, and a good book but laments the absence of a feline reading companion. Her bedside table and bookshelves are overflowing with World War II historical fiction, Asian American and Mexico-U.S. borderlands fiction, contemporary fiction, grammar and style books, and collections of profiles. She spends an inordinate amount of time playing bridge.

An avid NBA fan, Zoë lives in Sacramento, the primary reason anyone would root for the Kings. She holds out hope that they will make it to the playoffs during her lifetime.

Important Questions to Ask before Placing Your Baby for Adoption: For Birth Mothers Experiencing an Unplanned Pregnancy

Important Questions to Ask before Placing Your Baby for Adoption: For Birth Mothers Experiencing an Unplanned Pregnancy

An unplanned pregnancy can bring up a lot of unexpected questions for you as an expecting birth mother, especially if you have considered all three options: parent your child, terminate your pregnancy, or choose adoption. If you are still weighing the pros and cons, placing your baby for adoption,, here are some important questions to ask before placing your baby for adoption.

Where do I begin?  

That’s a great question! You’ll want to do careful research and make sure that you understand all that adoption involves. It is not a decision to be taken lightly. However, you don’t need to go through the adoption journey alone. Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri is here to help! When you contact our agency, we will connect you with one of our Birth Parent Counselors, who will discuss all your options in detail and help you make the best decision for you.

If you determine that adoption is the right choice for you and your baby, your adoption caseworker will answer all your questions, address your concerns and help you develop an adoption plan — all the while making sure you receive the respect and care that you deserve.

What does adoption cost?

Your adoption journey will not cost you anything! Placing your baby for adoption is free of charge, as is filling out an application and speaking to our counselors and caseworkers. Also, depending on your situation, Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri can offer financial assistance with medical bills, legal services, temporary housing, and court-approved living expenses.

How will I know if the adoptive parents are safe?

Our facility pre-screens our adoption families and makes sure that they have taken the right steps to be considered. They are also required to complete a thorough home study, along with a background check that assesses any risk of criminal activity or child abuse. All of our waiting adoptive parents are well-vetted and ready to grow their family through adoption. As you and your baby’s health and safety are our top priority, we would never place your child in a family who was not going to give him or her their best chance at life.

To further ensure that your child’s adoptive parents are the best fit for both of you, you will get to look over profile photo books and select a couple or individual yourself. Your adoption caseworker will walk through this process with you, and help you narrow down any criteria you have for your child and the life you’d like them to live. So, whether you envision him or her growing up in the city, suburbs or country, your caseworker will do their best to present profiles that fit within the family dynamic and lifestyle that you want for your child.

Can I stay in contact with my child after the adoption process?

This largely depends on what level of openness you choose in your adoption plan. There are three options: open, semi-open, and closed. Your adoption caseworker can explain the pros and cons of each, and help you determine the best decision for you.

If you choose either a semi-open or an open adoption plan, then yes — you will be able to have contact with your child and their adoptive parents after the adoption has been finalized. In a semi-open adoption, this can be completed through an online, confidential and secure portal called Childconnect. This will allow you and the adoptive parents to exchange letters, updates, and photos with each other.

With open adoption, you can maintain contact through virtual means such as FaceTime, ZOOM, phone, email, or text. Or, if the adoptive parents agree to it, and your child is comfortable with it as well, you may be able to visit in person. Visiting your child in person and their adoptive family establishes a strong and healthy relationship with them and guarantees that your adoption journey will run more smoothly.

Will my child’s adoptive family love him or her like their biological child?

Yes! Without a doubt! When hopeful adoptive parents struggle to build their family biologically,  they choose to open their hearts to a child who they can love as their own. Even if your child may have physical, emotional, or mental issues growing up, their adoptive parents will give them all the love, care, and support they have to offer.

To the soon-to-be adoptive parents, they are finally getting the family they’ve hoped, dreamed and prayed for. By selecting them to raise your child, you are helping them fulfill this.  Your child’s adoptive parents will be grateful to you for giving them the gift of parenthood.

What if my child asks about me later?

When you place your child for adoption, you’ll need to be prepared to answer your child’s questions about their adoption when they are older. To help them understand your reasons and motivations for doing so. Your child may need some time to process the information you give, and that’s completely natural!

Many of the questions your child asks may bring up a lot of emotions and memories, which you’ll also need to prepare for as best as you can. However, being honest with your child — no matter how painful their questions –will help them better understand why you chose adoption, and deepen their trust in you.

Important Questions to Ask before Placing Your Baby for Adoption

Adoption is a complex and emotional decision, but it is also one of the most rewarding ones you can make. If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and are thinking about placing your baby for adoption, know that you are not alone. We are here to support you every step of the way.

Remember — you are doing this because you love your child and want the best for them. Also, no matter what — you will always be their birth mother.

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll free at 877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at 1-816-527-9800

Meet the Author: Samara Wiley is a published author of poetry, essays, and an environmental children’s storybook called, Waiting for the Water Fairy. She graduated from Benedictine University in 2018 with a double Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French.She has been published in three small poetry anthologies one was called Talented.

Her other writing accomplishments include: winning a high school poetry competition and $2500 for her high school, having two out of her five novels be considered for publication and writing movie critic reviews for her university’s newsletter.

Although she has Cerebral Palsy and has had a turbulent childhood, Samara puts these small specs of herself into her writing to personally connect with her audience. She prides herself on pushing the boundaries in her writing and in her personal life with everything she does. Samara writes with her heart and a voice of compassion, and loves to pull from her top passions in life.

She currently lives in Yorkville, Illinois with her mom and two sisters.

The Adoption Triad

The Adoption Triad

There are multiple groups of people involved in your adoption process. Did you know that there is a symbol that resembles the three most important pieces of the process? It is called the adoption triadand encompasses the birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptee. Each of the three members are important and integral to the adoption process because, without any of them, the process wouldn’t exist.

The triad symbol, which is made up of lines that intertwine with one another to create a triangle with a heart in the middle, represents the strong bond between all three parties involved. With the help of Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri , all three pieces will be able to coincide with one another and ultimately form a strong relationship.

What exactly is the Adoption Triad

The triad, also known as the “adoption triangle,” resembles both the strong connections and communication that forms between all three of the essential parties involved in the adoption process.

At the base of the triangle, you and your child’s birth parents make up the bottom angles. At the top stands your child. The equidistant length between all three parties in the triad resembles the notion that each of you shares the same quantity of communication as the other.

The symbol was created to show that both you and your baby’s chosen adoptive family place your child’s needs above their own.

Now, let’s unravel each of these parts even further.

The Birth Parents

The first piece of the triad are the birth parents. Without you, especially the birth mother, the adoption process will not work. You always have your child’s best interests at heart and know you want the best for your child in their life. A big part of this is knowing how to provide the best life possible for your child to live. If you feel you will be unfit to raise your child after they are born, then adoption is an option. It’s important to remember that you are not “giving up” on your child, but that you love them with all your heart and are giving them their best chance at life.

You are very courageous people for putting your child through this wonderful, yet emotional process. Even though your child will be raised by their adoptive parents, you will always be his or her birth parent. The strong bond you share with your child will never be broken. The love and care you have for them will never fade away, and you will be happy knowing you made the best decision for your child.

The Adoptive Parents

The second part of the triad is the adoptive parents. They are your child’s new legal guardians after your adoption process is finalized. The ones who will raise, take care of, love and support your child unconditionally, for the rest of their life. Their role in this triad is to abide by the stipulations of the adoption contract that they agreed to, and to help create a better life for your child. This means that they are the ones who will be responsible for paying for your child’s medical, financial, emotional and educational needs.

They help prepare your child to have a successful life as they continue to develop and grow into a young woman or young man. They, like you, want nothing but the best for your child in their life. In order to make that possible for them, they will work hard every day to help provide the best opportunities for your child. They will love and support them as they go through each stage of their life, and be there to help them whenever they need them.

The adoptive parents will also have the inevitable job of making sense of your child’s adoption process and answering any challenging questions he or she may have. It’s important that the adoptive parents be open and honest with your child about everything asked of them. This will help your child better understand why his or her birth parents chose to go through the process with them, and will allow them to know that they have nothing to be ashamed of.

The Adoptee

Finally, the centerpiece of the triad that connects all of the parties together — the adoptee. Between the birth parents and adoptive parents, the adoptee will acquire certain traits that resemble both sets of parents as they grow physically, emotionally and culturally. These traits will be visible in their actions. The adoptee will share an amazing bond between their birth parents and with their adoptive parents.

Every adoptee is as unique as the adoption process. For some adoptees, the adoption process resembles stability and can be a very positive thing. For other adoptees, it can involve unanswered questions and self-esteem issues. No matter what, though, the adoptee will need time to fully acknowledge and accept their adoption. They will need their adopted parents to be fully open, honest and truthful with them about anything relating to the process. This will allow them to become more comfortable with their adoptive parents. This will help them realize that they now have two families who will love them unconditionally.

The Adoption Triad

All three pieces of the triad play key roles in making the adoption process possible. It is imperative that all parties involved know what their individual roles are so the adoption will be a success. We at Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri will be here for you, and will be happy to help you every step of the way through your process!

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more!
Call Us 877-903-4488 or Text Us 316-209-2071

Meet the Author: Andrew William Orihuela is a bilingual graduating senior from Hofstra University who loves writing and helping others. He can be found working in the kitchen as well. Helping others and journalism have always been strong passions of his since he was young. As a hard-working college student, Andrew has spent his last four years writing and gaining experience within the journalism field, producing works for both print and broadcast journalism. He gained recognition for his latest works becoming a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communications National Honor Society in 2018. He also gained experience in writing for broadcast television and radio from creating news and sports story packages.

From working in sports and news radio, he helped his award-winning college radio station, WRHU Radio Hofstra University, to become a three-time National Association of Broadcasters Marconi award-winning station within the United States in 2019, which is given to the best college station in the country.

When he is not writing stories, Andrew enjoys cooking, helping around the house, going for walks, working out, watching sports on television and relaxing with his family and pets. He lives in New Jersey with his Mom and his extended family.

6 Qualities to Look for in Adoptive Parents as a Birth Mother 

6 Qualities to Look for in Adoptive Parents as a Birth Mother

As a birth mother with Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri, it’s your absolute right to ensure that your child is in the best possible care, even if that means it won’t be with you. This is especially true if you are considering placing your baby for adoption. Finding the right adoptive parent(s) for your child is, quite possibly, the most intricate and hardest decisions you may ever make.

There are a lot of questions that go into finding just the right adoptive parent(s) for your little one. So, there is no harm in putting together ideas on what you’re ideal adoptive parents are like. Since there is no “one size fits all” on adoptive parents, the idea of selecting your child’s adoptive parent(s) can be overwhelming.

If you’re not really sure where to start in terms of what to look for in an adoptive family, that’s okay. If you’re working with an adoption agency, you can talk it out with a counselor to begin figuring out those ideas. To help you get started, here are a few qualities to look for in adoptive parents.

  1. They have similar values and beliefs

Your adoption caseworker will provide profile books that match the most important qualities you want when looking for your child’s adoptive parent(s). This includes finding potential matches who share your or have similar values and beliefs. If you are able to, open a dialogue with the adoptive parents and help them to understand what environment you are looking for.

Do you prefer that he or she grows up in a diverse neighborhood? How do the adoptive parents feel about education? Is the option of college in your child’s future? Are they involved in a church, or are they non-religious? Do they value openness and honesty in the home?

  1. They are equipped to handle change

The adjustment period after the adoption has been finalized can be a challenge for both your child and the adoptive parent(s). They will all be settling into a new normal, and your baby may experience a time of grief being separated from you. But, knowing that your child’s adoptive parents have a plan and are equipped to handle this can be a great comfort.

Rolling with the changes is one of the biggest parts of parenting. Ask questions to see how the adoptive parents anticipate handling these situations, and how they will explain your child’s adoption story to them. Your child will experience many changes as they grow up, and their adoptive parents need to be prepared and ready to change with them.

  1. They use laughter as medicine

Sometimes there are situations where we can’t help but laugh, whether good or bad. Having a child definitely makes this concept come to life. Laughter can make all the difference in the world. It’s important to make sure kids have a place to feel free to be silly (at the right times). It’s important for adoptive parents to provide such a place for your child. No one says parents have to be comedians, but just a smile can change your child’s whole day.

  1. They want to have a strong and healthy relationship with your child

Each and every adoptee is unique and has their own way of processing the reality of their adoption. If an adoptee came from a closed adoption, they may struggle with self-esteem or identities issues. If an adoptee came from a semi-open or open adoption, they have access to their birth history and are able to get answers, but some may still need space to process. This is completely natural, and why it is so important for adoptive parents to have open lines of communication with your child early on in life. This helps the adoptee know that there is nothing shameful about being adopted, that he or she is free to talk about their adoption story whenever they want to and that their adoptive parents are trying to form an honest and trusting relationship with them.

  1. They can keep their word 

Commitment. When you’ve committed to doing something, even if you don’t want to do it, you still do it. Why? Because you said you would. When you don’t, people begin to lose trust in you. This is no different with birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees. Growing up in a supportive environment is important. Your child will want to feel like their adoptive parents are interested in what they are doing, whether it’s a dance recital or a sport’s game. So, it’s imperative that your child’s adoptive parents keep their commitment, not only to your child, but also to you. ,

  1. Good Communication Skills 

Good communication is important in any relationship. The parent-to-child relationship is no different. In fact, it’s probably the most important. Spending as much time with your child as possible, and getting to know them, can really make an impact on who they become as they get older. Walking them or driving them to and from school, eating meals together — all of that can lead to open dialogue between parents and children. Ask your child’s adoptive parents what their plan is on having open communication with your child.

Qualities to Look for in Adoptive Parents

While these are not the only things to think about in terms of what to look for in adoptive parents for your child, they certainly are a good start. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the adoptive parents and communicate what you would like to see them do. After all, as a birth mother, it’s your absolute right to ensure that your child is in the best possible care. Even if that means it won’t be with you.

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more!
Call us toll free at 1-877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at (816) 527-9800; in Kansas call or text us at (316) 209 2071

Meet the Author: Gabrielle Willis is a lover of writing and knowledge, which shows in her everyday life. She graduated with a Bachelors in English in 2013, and recently graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing. She has also worked in the education sector for over 10 years, recently becoming a Literacy Tutor. At her core, her passion is reading and writing, and she loves sharing that with others.

She enjoys helping those considering adoption or going through the adoption process any way she can. This internship opportunity truly resonated with her and she hopes that her words will connect and inspire everyone who reads them.

The Best 3 Reasons for Choosing Private Adoption Early in Your Pregnancy

The Best 3 Reasons for Choosing Adoption Early in Your Pregnancy

Are you ready to be a parent for your child? If you already have children, are you able to support another child in your family, or do you feel your family is already complete? How are you feeling emotionally about having a baby? Raising a child is no easy task and is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you are a pregnant woman and feel you are not ready to be a parent to your baby, then choosing adoption early in your pregnancy will be the next best option you should take with your child.

If you have any questions, concerns or doubts, contact one of our outstanding birth mother counselors, social workers, legal representatives or caseworkers at Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri. We will be happy to assist and clarify everything for you always.

Reason #1: You are not ready to be a parent

Being a parent to your child is a wonderful part of life, but if you are unable or not ready to take on the responsibilities of parenthood at this time, that’s ok. Being a parent to your child takes dedication, responsibility and sacrifice, among other traits. Perhaps you are focused on other priorities — graduating high school or college, getting a promotion at work or becoming more involved in your career. Maybe you already have a family and are unable to afford another. Whatever stage of life you are in — we are here for you. We will be honest with you when speaking about how to proceed with your adoption process, and will provide you with every available resource you will need to get through it.

This is where choosing adoption early in your pregnancy comes in. You need to understand that you are undertaking a major responsibility. Understand that your child’s needs will be above your own. Your child will be your top priority and focus. Your chosen adoptive family will be able to provide for your child financially, feed and take care of him or her to ensure that your child will live in a safe, positive environment full of love and support.

Remember, you are not alone and we will help you whenever you need it. We want to make sure you, and your baby have a positive, successful adoption process.

Reason #2: You Already Have a Family and Want to Help Complete Another 

If you are pregnant with another baby, and are already taking care of your other children, then you should consider putting your baby up for adoption. Having too many children can place unnecessary stress on you. By having an extra mouth to feed, and an extra child to take care of, you may not be readily equipped with the essential physical, mental or financial resources needed to provide for your child.

If you were to pursue the adoption process in Kansas or Missouri with your child, then you will be giving another family the opportunity to have the family they always hoped for. This way, you will be able to continue to take care of your own children and you will know your child will live a better life with their new family. There are many families who are waiting, hoping and praying for the chance to be parents. By gifting your chosen adoptive family your child, you are fulfilling someone else’s dream of creating a family of their own and not giving up on your child. They will be able to provide a wonderful life full of love, and support for your baby.

Reason #3: You are Alone and Don’t Have the Support of Family and Friends With You

While having your baby is exciting, it can feel overwhelming. It can all be too much for you to handle as well. Right now, you are going through an immensely emotional time in your life. If you need to have a strong and close support system by your side during your process, we will be here to support you. In addition, at Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri, we will be happy to provide you with helpful pre and post-placement counseling services. All of our adoption services we offer you will be free to use at your disposal whenever you need them. We will supply you with helpful support groups nearby that you will be able to go to for extra support, and to help you through your grieving period after you have given your baby to your chosen adoptive family.

If you are having any doubts, fears or second thoughts at all, then please contact us. We will be able to help you along, step-by-step through your adoption process. You should feel both positive and happy about giving your child a better life through your adoption process. Always remember, you will never be alone when you are going through your process because we are all here to support you.

Choosing Adoption Early in Your Pregnancy

If you feel you are not ready to be a parent for your child, that your baby deserves to live a better life and be well taken care of by another family, then you should consider putting your child up for adoption. You know what is best for your child, because you want to see them be happy in their life. By choosing this decision early on in your pregnancy, both you and your baby will be happy you made this option possible for them to be able to pursue a second chance at life.

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll free at 1-877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at (816) 527-9800; in Kansas call or text us at (316) 209 2071

Meet the Author: Andrew William Orihuelais a bilingual graduating senior from Hofstra University who loves writing and helping others. He can be found working in the kitchen as well. Helping others and journalism have always been strong passions of his since he was young. As a hard-working college student, Andrew has spent his last four years writing and gaining experience within the journalism field, producing works for both print and broadcast journalism. He gained recognition for his latest works becoming a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communications National Honor Society in 2018. He also gained experience in writing for broadcast television and radio from creating news and sports story packages.

From working in sports and news radio, he helped his award-winning college radio station, WRHU Radio Hofstra University, to become a three-time National Association of Broadcasters Marconi award-winning station within the United States in 2019, which is given to the best college station in the country.

When he is not writing stories, Andrew enjoys cooking, helping around the house, going for walks, working out, watching sports on television and relaxing with his family and pets. He lives in New Jersey with his Mom and his extended family.

Baby is born: Can I Still Choose Adoption? For Birth Mothers Experiencing an Unplanned Pregnancy

Baby is born: Can I Still Choose Adoption? For Birth Mothers Experiencing an Unplanned Pregnancy 

After delivering your baby, you feel the overwhelming realization that you are not in the position to care for or give your child the life he or she deserves. You may find your circumstances just don’t fit with having a child right now, so you might wonder if adoption is available to you after birth.

Yes it is! Adoption is still an option for you and your baby, whether you find yourself at home or in the hospital, and Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri  is here to help.

 I’m in the Hospital. My Baby is Born. Can I still Choose Adoption?

You’re in the hospital. Your baby is here. You quickly realize you are not equipped to be a parent. You want to give your baby a better life by choosing adoption.

You ask the nurse to contact us, your local adoption center, and request to speak with a Birth Parent Counselor. In an anxious state, you explain that you’d like to place your baby for adoption. The adoption caseworker assures you that everything is going to be ok, and that you can still choose adoption after your baby has been born.

Three Types of Adoption Plans:

You can sit with this decision as there is no rush. When you have finally decided on adoption, your adoption caseworker will help you develop an adoption plan that is right for you and your baby. There are three different types you can choose from:

  • Open adoption – has the most interaction between the birth parents, adopted parents, and child. (Examples: phone calls, virtual communication or in-person visits)
  • Semi-open – has limited contact between the birth mother and adopted parents or child. (Examples: letters and sharing photos through our secure, confidental online portal, ChildConnect.)
  • Closed adoption –  no contact information is shared between the adopted parents, birth parents or child.

Adoption after Birth

At Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri , we are here to support and guide you through this decision in your life. Our Birth Parent Counselors will assist with every part of the adoption process, giving you the tools and the support that you and your baby need throughout the adoption process.

Yes! You can still choose adoption, whether it has been just days or a few weeks after your baby is born. You will receive help from an adoption professional and the services necessary to start your adoption plan, if you feel like you are unable to care for your child at this time in your life.

Baby Safe Haven

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri is a Safe Baby Haven. Under Missouri State law, if your baby is less than 72 hours old and you decide you want to place your baby up for adoption, you can contact us anonymously and have one of our safe haven professionals accept physical custody of your baby and give the baby the proper care he or she deserves. We will then notify Child Welfare Services and one of their licensed professionals will develop an adoption plan for your baby. We can also offer services in the following areas:

  • Your baby must be 45 days old (1.5 months) or younger.
  • Your baby must be unharmed and show no signs of abuse.
  • As a birth parent, you are guaranteed anonymity. You do not need to provide any identifying information about yourself or your baby. If you wish, you may disclose helpful health information.
  • When you leave your child with a baby haven provider, you permanently relinquish your parental rights, and you consent to the adoption.
  • If you safely and voluntarily leave your baby with a designated professional at a baby haven, you are protected from prosecution for child abandonment or child endangerment.

Choosing Adoption after Your Baby is Born

Choosing adoption after you give birth is not an easy thing to go through. With the help of one of our licensed adoption counselors, you can rest easy knowing that you have the emotional support you need and deserve during this process. You are never alone!

You can ask as many questions as you have and receive non-judgmental answers that will leave you feeling better about your choice of adoption. Our agency will treat you with the kindness, respect and compassion that you deserve as a birth mother.

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll free at 1-877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at (816) 527-9800; in Kansas call or text us at (316) 209 2071

Meet the Author: Samara Wiley is a published author of poetry, essays, and an environmental children’s storybook called, Waiting for the Water Fairy. She graduated from Benedictine University in 2018 with a double Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French.She has been published in three small poetry anthologies one was called Talented.

Her other writing accomplishments include: winning a high school poetry competition and $2500 for her high school, having two out of her five novels be considered for publication and writing movie critic reviews for her university’s newsletter.

Although she has Cerebral Palsy and has had a turbulent childhood, Samara puts these small specs of herself into her writing to personally connect with her audience. She prides herself on pushing the boundaries in her writing and in her personal life with everything she does. Samara writes with her heart and a voice of compassion, and loves to pull from her top passions in life.

She currently lives in Yorkville, Illinois with her mom and two sisters.

Pregnant Again: Can I Place a Second Baby for Adoptionwith the Same Agency? 

Pregnant Again: Can I Place a Second Baby for Adoption with the Same Agency? 

You’re unexpectedly pregnant. Again. And parenting stillisn’t part of your plans right now. Don’t worry. You can place a second baby for adoption. You can work with the same agency to find a loving family for your baby or a different agency.

At Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri, we welcome all birth mothers, whether this is your first time making an adoption plan or you’re facing another unplanned pregnancy.

Respect and Resources for Birth Mothers Adopting a Second Time

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Judged? Nervous? Ashamed? Scared? You may be experiencing a jumble of emotions about this second pregnancy. That’s totally understandable. Remember that as an expectant birth mother, you deserve respect and compassion, no matter your pregnancy circumstances. If you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant again, you’re not alone. Unplanned pregnancy is common, and several of Adoption Choices birth mother clients go through the adoption process multiple times.

At our adoption center in Kansas and Missouri,we are here to support you as you navigate your new reality. You will receive the same empathy, care and resources you did when you worked with us the first time. Your caring caseworker will help coordinate your adoption plan. You will have access to all our services, including financial assistance and legal representation.

Finding an Adoptive Family for Your Second Baby

You can work with the same agency to place your baby for adoption. First, your caseworker will check in with the family who adopted your first child since we try to keep your children in the same adoptive family. The adoptive parent(s) may be excited to raise birth siblings. If they are able to adopt your second baby, then everything should run smoothly, especially since you already know the adoptive parents.

Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that the adoptive family will be able to adopt your second baby. They might not have the time or financial resources to adopt and raise another child. Or maybe they were not planning on expanding their family. Whatever the reason, if the adoptive family can’t adopt your second child, don’t worry. We will help you make an adoption plan and match you with another loving family. Since you’ve already been through the process before, you know what to expect. You will be able to choose the type of adoption you prefer and look through profiles of prospective families before selecting an adoptive family. Your caseworker will correspond with both adoptive families to try to make sure your birth children can keep in touch as they grow up.

What this Adoption Journey will Look Like

Your adoption journey this time around might be quite similar to your first if you felt satisfied with the arrangements you chose last time. Or, it might be totally different. Since you’ve been on an adoption journey before, you may decide you want to make some changes when creating your adoption plan. You might choose to have more or less interaction with the adoptive family during your pregnancy. Maybe you want the post-adoption relationship with your child and their adoptive family to be different. If you’re placing your child with a different family, you might think about different characteristics, such as their family size, religion or hometown.

Whether your adoption choices are exactly the same or totally different, you will still be making the same loving decision to place your baby for adoption.

Taking Care of Yourself during the Adoption Process

You already made the brave decision to place your first child for adoption. You are caring and courageous. Now that you’ve found out you’re pregnant again, you may be stressed, confused, conflicted or unsure about what to do next. As you go through the adoption process again, remind yourself that you possess an incredible amount of strength and love. We are here to help you cope and feel confident as you choose what’s best for you and your baby.

Your mental health is important as you go through pregnancy and adoption, so emotional support is a top priority. Our agency offers counseling, both during the adoption process and post placement. You can talk with a counselor, who will listen to what’s on your mind and provide judgement-free guidance.

Another option is a support group. We can help you connect with a group of birth mothers who have gone through the adoption process or who are in the middle of placing their baby for adoption. In a birth mother support group, you can share as much (or as little) as you want. You can ask questions. You can share your feelings, frustrations and fears. Or you can simply listen to other birth mothers’ stories.

You do not have to face a second unplanned pregnancy alone. Do not be afraid to reach out for help or support.

You Can Place a Second Baby for Adoption 

If you’re unexpectedly pregnant again and considering your options, you can absolutely place a second baby for adoptionwith the same agency! At Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri, we do not judge birth mothers for any reason. If you’ve placed with us before, we are happy to work with you again. We will be a trusted resource for you as you go through the adoption process.

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll free at 1-877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at (816) 527-9800; in Kansas call or text us at (316) 209 2071

Meet the Author: Zoë Bowlus, a writing and editing enthusiast, considers herself a grammar groupie and suffers from a weakness for wordplay and working with words, whether she is reading, furiously typing away, playing Words with Friends, or filling in the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.

She was adopted from Vietnam as a baby and began exploring her adoptee identity in Asian American Studies and Communication courses at UC Santa Barbara. As she combed through adoption literature for her last essay of college (she graduated with highest honors in 2020), she was inspired to use the research, editing, and writing skills she developed in college and her personal experience to create resources and share stories about adoption in a professional context. Writing for Adoption Choices, Zoë hopes to support people on their adoption journeys and to grow as an adoptee herself.

Zoë is an aspiring cat lady who is allergic to cats. She enjoys curling up with homemade hot chocolate, kettle corn, and a good book but laments the absence of a feline reading companion. Her bedside table and bookshelves are overflowing with World War II historical fiction, Asian American and Mexico-U.S. borderlands fiction, contemporary fiction, grammar and style books, and collections of profiles. She spends an inordinate amount of time playing bridge.

An avid NBA fan, Zoë lives in Sacramento, the primary reason anyone would root for the Kings. She holds out hope that they will make it to the playoffs during her lifetime.

The Top 8 Common Questions that Birth Mothers have about Adoption

The Top 8 Common Questions that Birth Mothers have about Adoption

As an expectant woman facing an unplanned pregnancy in Missouri, you might be facing an uncertain future with your baby and be scared or apprehensive about the whole situation, which is normal. You might not know where to go or even have questions about your next steps and whether or not adoption is the right fit or choice for you.

Adoption Choices of Missouri is ready to step with you in this uncertain future, and we have put together a list of questions of somecommon questions that birth mothers have about adoption:

  1. Why should I choose adoption?

Having an unplanned pregnancy is scary, and, at this moment, you are probably faced with a lot of different choices to make. Adoption itself is a healthy alternative to other options that are out there, because it is important for you to want the best life possible for your child.

Choosing adoption gives you lifelong joy in seeing your child grow up in a loving household. It also lifts any burdens from your shoulders that you might have of your child growing up in a different environment than you did.

  1. Is there anyone who can help me understand my decision and correctly deal with my child’s loss?

Adoption is never an easy choice in the first place. It can be hard and difficult, but we are here for you and will provide you with counseling and support if needed. You will have an adoption specialist who will be available to you at all times.

It is important to surround yourself with a support system outside of Adoption Choices of Missouri. This can include your family, your partner or spouse or anyone else that you consider to be trustworthy enough to support you during this time.

  1. Do I have the right to choose the adoptive family?

You definitely have the right to choose the family who will adopt your baby. In fact, it is encouraged or required that prospective adoptive parents create a scrapbook full of information about their lives, which contains pictures and stories. This will give you a glimpse of who they are and what kind of life they could provide for your baby.

Often, prospective adoptive parents will also include a special section dedicated to the birth mother, explaining why they are a good candidate and sharing additional information about their lives, such as their likes, dislikes and more.

  1. How do I know that my child will be raised in a safe environment if I choose adoption?

It is good to be concerned about the well being of your child even after adoption. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, the prospective adoptive parents go through a large amount of background checks. They are interviewed by social workers and are carefully screened.

It is always a possibility that the prospective adoptive parents can’t have any children, even if they want children. So, adoption is always an opportunity for them to show your child all the love that he or she deserves. Children are always a blessing — your child included.

  1. Will the adoption agency be able to help me with my financial needs? 

Adoption Choices of Missouri will help you find the assistance you need to pay all the medical bills. First, if there are any medical bills that are not provided by your medical insurance or the state funds, the adoptive family will take care of that. Second, we will help you with living expenses. We understand how difficult it is to return to work after giving birth. Third, your caseworker will help you find transportation to your doctor appointments and get your prescriptions. If there is anything else that you need help with (i.e. getting groceries), your caseworker will be more than happy to work with you on that.

  1. Can I still see my baby even after the adoption is over?

This greatly depends on what kind of adoption plan you chose. For instance, if you choose to do an open adoption, you will have the opportunity to maintain contact with the adoptive family and your child. This could include virtual communication, phone calls or in person visits.

Be sure to discuss this with your caseworker and the adoptive parents prior to your baby’s birth, so that you will know what to expect after the adoption has finalized. The adoption process, overall, is a very emotional and complex one; but, it’s better to have a plan in place early on before everything is heightened during the birth and delivery process.

  1. Will my child resent or hate me for choosing adoption?

This is a very valid and common concern birth mothers have when placing their baby for adoption. So, it’s very natural and there’s no shame or guilt in wanting to ask it. If you need help processing the emotions associated with this worry, our adoption counselors can offer you a confidential, safe and non judgemental environment to do so.

Back in the 1980’s, there are stories of adoptees who were not told of their adoptions properly and struggled with self-esteem and identity issues as they grew up. However, in the last three decades, more and more former adoptees have opened up about their adoptions and have expressed gratefulness to their birth parents for doing the right thing. In addition, our agency encourages open adoption, as it allows your child to learn right way about you and where they came from, eliminating the questions and struggles as they develop.

  1. What if my friends and family don’t understand why I’m giving up my baby for adoption?

If none of your friends or family understand why you’re choosing to place your baby for adoption, you could give them a brief explanation of your reasons. That you feel this is the best decision for both of you. Unfortunately, there’s a social stigma surrounding adoption and birth mothers “giving up” their babies. People seem threatened by what they don’t understand. But, thanks to changes the adoption industry has made, it’s become more common and less stigmatized.

Your child’s adoption can also serve as an opportunity for your friends and family to learn about how adoption works. Your caseworker can talk with your family and friends and help them understand what is going on.

Navigating the Common Questions that Birth Mothers have about Adoption

As a birth mother, the future can seem uncertain and terrifying, but Adoption Choices in Missouri is here to help you answer any questions that you might have. Whether it has to do with financial assistance or other concerns, please feel free to come to us for help. We understand how hard it is for you to feel alone during this time and want to help you navigate through these troubled waters.

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll free at 1-877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at (816) 527-9800; in Kansas call or text us at (316) 209 2071

Meet the Author: Sofia Becker is currently a student at Liberty University and is majoring in a Bachelor of Science in History with a double minor in Biblical Studies and writing. She is currently working on a Robin Hood retelling and an entire epic fantasy world in the making. In her spare time, she loves watching The Officeand Disney movies.

Through her blogs, and her passion for helping and encouraging others, she hopes to make a difference in someone’s life. She also looks forward to becoming a better writer and editor. To learn more about Sofia, be sure to check out her blog and Instagram.

Choosing Adoption at Nine Months Pregnant

Choosing Adoption at Nine Months Pregnant

Imagine you are in your last month of pregnancy and you are about to have your baby. You are feeling incredibly excited yet, at the same time, you feel you might not be able to fulfill your parental duties to your child. So, you start to think about options you should take to help your baby out. You may have some of the following questions:

  • Is it too late for you to pursue adoption with your baby?
  • At what age will it be too late for you to put your baby up for adoption?
  • If you choose to go through the adoption process, what will it be like?

These are all natural questions to think about when you’re in this situation. However, you should not worry about them because while going through your adoption process, it should be a positive experience for you. Don’t feel discouraged! You have time to do this!

Don’t worry, because there is great news for you! Even if you are in your final trimester, choosing adoption at nine months pregnantis still possible! You should consider contacting one of our professional medical experts, birth mother counselors, social workers, legal representatives and case workers at Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri, who will be happy to help you throughout your process!

It’s never too late to choose adoption

No matter what stage you are at with your pregnancy, you will be able to put your child up for adoption at any age. It is never too late! If you feel you want to go through this process with them, you can! But by going through this process, you will be giving your child a chance to live a better life.

The adoption process is for birth mothers like you, who want to help create a happy life for your child, and to find a family who will take care of, nurture and love your baby for the rest of their life. You can go through this process at any point during your pregnancy stage!

This process is meant to be nothing but positive for you and your baby to go through, because you are allowing for your child to go on to live a more promising life with an adoptive family that will provide for them.

As a result, you will not only feel fulfilled, but also comforted knowing you made the best decision for your child. Again, we will be happy to help you get started with your adoption process and will be with you from start to finish!

Being Emotionally Motivated and Invested in Choosing Adoption for Your Child

When you are going through your birthing and adoption process, each share the commonality that both are monumentally emotional for you. Choosing adoption at nine months pregnantis an important decision for you to make for your child. During the beginning stages of your adoption process, you may feel uneasy. However, after being reassured that your child will be happy in the future with their new life, you will feel incredible about your decision later on.

We will be here to help relieve you of any stress you are experiencing during your pregnancy, and adoption stages. We want to create a positive, uplifting environment for you and your child because you both deserve to be happy, and have no worries while going through this process.

During this time, you will need a strong support system to help you through your process, and afterward as well. Through our professional birth counselors, we will provide you with 24/7 support for free, before, during and after your adoption process. You will need time to recover and come to terms with what happened. We will be here to help you get through this emotional time always.

Your Process will be Expedited

Instead of going through a regular adoption process, yours will need to be sped up. We will help you every step of the way with your after-delivery adoption process. You will still have control over how you want your process to be done. These are the following steps you should be advised to take when going through your expedited adoption process:

  1. You will choose to pursue an after-delivery adoption at the hospital, or while in labor with your child.
  2. We will contact one of our professional representatives to walk you through your baby’s adoption process.
  3. You can choose your baby’s adopted family. We will provide you with various profiles of prospective, waiting adoption families who would be the right fit for your child. These profiles contain information about who the family is and various photos showing what lifestyle they can provide for your child.
  4. We will provide you with an adoption specialist who will be able to contact your baby’s chosen adoptive family quickly.
  5. If your chosen adoptive family decides to accept, then you will be able to take the opportunity to speak with them either on the phone, or in person when they come to meet you and your child.
  6. You will have limited time to be acquainted with one another during and after your process, but you will be able to build a stronger relationship in the future.
  7. Once the meetup has happened between all three parties, and you are satisfied with the conditions of your adoption agreement, then you will sign away your parental rights and the adoptive family will retain full custody of your child, finalizing the process.

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri will be here for you and provide you with post placement support and counseling sessions to help you after going through such an emotional process. Even though it may not seem like it, going through the adoption process with your baby will create an everlasting relationship between all three parties involved. Over time, you will be able to develop and strengthen your relationship with your child and your child’s chosen adoptive family.

You will be able to keep in touch with your child through getting updates from your chosen adoptive family, and will be happy knowing your child is doing well, is healthy and safe.

Choosing Adoption at 9 months pregnant

Going through this process will be both life-altering and positive for you. It does not matter what stage you are at in your pregnancy, adoption is still possible for you and your child. We will be here to support you always!

Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more!
Call us toll free at 1-877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at (816) 527-9800; in Kansas call or text us at (316) 209 2071

Meet the Author: Andrew William Orihuela is a bilingual graduating senior from Hofstra University who loves writing and helping others. He can be found working in the kitchen as well. Helping others and journalism have always been strong passions of his since he was young. As a hard-working college student, Andrew has spent his last four years writing and gaining experience within the journalism field, producing works for both print and broadcast journalism. He gained recognition for his latest works becoming a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communications National Honor Society in 2018. He also gained experience in writing for broadcast television and radio from creating news and sports story packages.

From working in sports and news radio, he helped his award-winning college radio station, WRHU Radio Hofstra University, to become a three-time National Association of Broadcasters Marconi award-winning station within the United States in 2019, which is given to the best college station in the country.

When he is not writing stories, Andrew enjoys cooking, helping around the house, going for walks, working out, watching sports on television and relaxing with his family and pets. He lives in New Jersey with his Mom and his extended family.

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