Adoption Options: Is Local Better?
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering your adoption options, you may ask yourself “Is it better to choose an adoption agency near me?”
In many cases, local IS better. “Shopping local” and supporting local businesses is a great way to support your community. When choosing an adoption agency to work with, however, location is not the most important factor to consider. An agency can be located all the way across the country and still be the best fit for you and your baby based on the care and services that they provide. When choosing an agency and considering your adoption options, here are what we at A Baby Step Adoption feel are the most important factors to consider and some reasons why believe that A Baby Adoption is the best adoption agency for you:
What Services and Support does the Agency Provide to Birthmothers?
Choosing adoption for your child can be an extremely difficult and emotional decision. You want to be sure that you choose an adoption agency who recognizes this and provides services and support to help you through the process. At A Baby Step, we offer you both emotional and financial assistance, and a legal team to ensure that you know your legal rights as you move through the adoption process. An agency like A Baby Step Adoption with all services under one roof is a huge advantage for proper planning from the start.
If a Baby Step Adoption is your local option, you will be assigned a personal caseworker, in addition to the birthparents being assigned to their own personal counselor. You may meet the biological parents and even attend an ultrasound or obstetrical appointment. ABSA can make finding “an agency near me” a wonderful experience if you are in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland or Delaware. If you aren’t local, A Baby Step Adoption will secure these services in the state where the baby will be born or the child resides.
Do you Connect with Your Caseworker?
If you find yourself googling “adoption agencies near me,” think again. When you choose an adoption agency to handle your adoption, you will be assigned to a caseworker who will guide you through the adoption process and provide you with all of your adoption options. It does not matter where this person lives. What matters is the connection you have with them and the support they are willing to provide. Do you feel as if they are really listening to you? Do they follow up with you when you ask them a question? The ideal caseworker will listen to your needs, present all of your options to you in a clear manner and provide the support and guidance that you need to ensure that you feel comfortable and at ease.
Does the Agency Offer Both Open and Closed Adoption Options?
An open adoption means there is some level of ongoing contact between the adoptive family and the birthparents. A closed adoption means there is little to no contact between the two parties. It is entirely up to you what kind of adoption you want and how much contact you want with your child after the baby is born. Your agency should support your choice and match you with a family who has similar goals and wishes regarding how the adoption should play out. Our goal at ABSA is to find the perfect match for you.
In summary, local certainly can be better, but only if it is the best fit for your needs. We encourage you to do your homework when considering your adoption options. When searching online for “adoption agencies near me”, ask the important questions that will ensure that the agency you choose to handle your baby’s adoption provides the crucial care and support that you will want and need down the road.
If you find yourself pregnant and scared, please call us at 888-505-2367 or text us at 610-613-1911. Remember you are not giving up a baby, you are giving your baby a home and the best possible future.