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It’s Your Choice

It’s Your Choice Are you a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy and looking for an abortion alternative and curious about your options? Are you wondering what makes adoption a more viable choice for you over abortion? An abortion is the intentional termination of a pregnancy, performed as a short surgical procedure. Adoption involves the process of placing a baby with an adoptive family to raise the child.  It’s not giving up a baby, it is making a life plan and adoption plan for your future.  You are choosing not to parent.  Abortion is a choice that many women choose when []

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Teenage Pregnancy

Teenage Pregnancy When you are a teenager, people often tell you not to let those precious years of freedom pass you by because they come and go so quickly. For girls who are facing teen pregnancy, these years are anything but free from worry and require immediate help. If this sounds all too familiar to you, you are certainly not alone. In 2014, a total of 249,078 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 24.2 per 1,000 women in this age group. Teen pregnancy doesn’t have to ruin your life; there is help out []

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Choosing an Adoption Agency

Choosing an Adoption Agency If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption, you will want to learn more about your options. There are a number of pregnancy resources for adoption, but how do you know where to start?  Pregnancy clinics can offer some initial information about adoption but they aren’t always a good source to get all of your questions answered. You also have to make sure the pregnancy clinic is legitimate. While a Google search is a good start, it’s important to know what to look for when researching adoption agencies. Here are a 3 important points to consider when []

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A Birthmother’s Struggle

A Birthmother’s Struggle If you are one of the thousands of women every year who choose to place your unborn baby for adoption, we know there are times after the adoption where you feel judged and mistreated. People may say hurtful things such as, “How could she give her baby up?” Often times, these words hurt, but it’s important to remember you are not giving up your baby. In fact, you are doing anything but giving up your baby. You are making a choice in order to better their future. As an adoption agency, we understand how difficult your decision []

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Weighing in on Open or Closed Adoption when Making an Adoption Plan

Weighing in on Open or Closed Adoption when Making an Adoption Plan When making an adoption plan, one of the biggest components to factor in is whether or not to have a closed or open adoption. In recent years, open adoption has become more popular. An open adoption is one in which there is contact between the birth mother and adoptive parents during the pregnancy and oftentimes, after the baby is born. In a closed adoption, adoptive families and birth parents have little to no contact throughout the adoption and after placing the child for adoption. While there is no []

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Prenatal Drug Exposure: Things to Consider if a Birthmother Uses

Prenatal Drug Exposure: Things to Consider if a Birthmother Uses Sometimes, adoptive parents are faced with the question of whether to consider a baby who has been subjected to alcohol and/or drugs in utero. It’s a tough decision and one that’s not to be taken lightly. The truth is the statistics show many birthmothers facing unplanned pregnancy have subjected the child in utero to some degree of alcohol or drug exposure whether we’d like to believe or not, especially those adopted from foster care. According to an article on Creating a Family, there is research that shows 60-80% of children []

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Things to NEVER say to a Birthmother or the Child who was Placed for Adoption

It’s a lifelong decision that is never easy to make. Placing a child for adoption is not about giving up a baby, nor putting up a baby. It’s about creating a future. Adoption changes a birthmother’s life forever, and it’s important that the adoptive family, her own family and everyone in between realize the impact of that choice and support the birthmother through their actions and words. Although the people in her life usually do not mean any harm, certain phrases can truly hurt a birthmother’s psyche. Similarly, an adopted child can also be harmed by the terms commonly used []

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Post Adoption

Post adoption is a very important time for all parties involved in the adoption process. For the adoptive family, the final stage of the adoption, bringing home the baby, is incredibly amazing in so many ways! For many, it’s their first role as a parent. For others, the newly adopted child is joining siblings in their forever home. Either way, all of the preparation finally pays off. The child you have yearned for is yours. On the contrary, for the woman who chose to give her baby up for adoption, this can be a painful and emotional time. The decision []

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Pregnancy & Planning

The pregnancy and planning phase of the adoption process is an exciting one!  If both parties have chosen an option adoption, these months are often used for the birthmother and the family to get to know each other.  An open adoption allows for communication between the two parties, while a closed adoption limits the contact.  Whether you have selected an open or closed adoption, this special time of the adoption process is always filled with planning and preparations for the birth of the baby. For those who have chosen an open adoption, contact options between a birthmother and an adoptive []

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The Matching Process

We are continuing our Adoption Talk series this week by highlighting how the matching process works. This is a topic that both birthparents and adoptive families often have many questions and concerns about. How long does the matching process take? How does the matching process work? Can I choose the family my baby will be matched with? What if I don’t find a match for my baby? We will cover all of these questions and more in this article, and welcome you to reach out to us with any additional concerns you may have. For Adoptive Families Once you have []

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