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Finding Help on the Path to Newborn Adoption

When a family chooses to adopt a child, they are making a decision that will bring warmth, joy and peace of mind to many people. The adopting family will know the happiness and fulfillment of raising a child. The birth mother will have the inner peace of knowing that her child is going to a good home, and of course the baby will have the gift of a loving, devoted family. Newborn adoption is a worthwhile choice, but just like anything worth doing, adoption can be a lot of work. That’s why it’s helpful to find the right adoption agency before setting out on the journey of adoption.

Newborn_Adoption_210520131025The process for newborn adoption can take some prospective parents by surprise.  It is long and involved—in fact, depending on the circumstances, adopting a child can take longer than natural childbirth! A birth mother will need to be matched with an adopting family, and agreements will need to be made. Background checks and home visits will need to be carried out, and many adoption agencies will require parents to take classes to prepare them for dealing with the responsibility of raising an adopted child. It’s a lot of hard, emotional work and without the proper support, it can seem like too much for an adoptive family to handle.

Newborn adoption may be difficult and time-consuming, but adoptive parents will be pleased to know that help and support are available even in the most difficult of circumstances. An adoption agency offers much more to birth mothers and adoptive parents than finding and placing a child. Adoption agencies offer help, support, counseling, and good advice every step of the way to make sure that the process runs as smoothly as it can. They’ve done this many times before and know how to make it work for every family, in every way.

Families looking for newborn adoption may feel like they are facing an impossible task before they even begin. Women who have been rendered unable to have children due to illness or accident might feel that they will be considered unfit to have a child at all. Same-sex couples may have been subjected to harsh treatment and might be afraid of being denied the chance to be parents simply because they aren’t what most people would expect when looking for an adoptive family. A good adoption agency will be able to ease a family’s fears along with the adoption process.

Finding the right adoption agency is about so much more than just finding a child. When starting out on the path towards newborn adoption, the right adoption agency will be your guide every step of the way. They will help you not just to find a child, but to become the best parents that a newborn child could hope for. Becoming parents might seem like an impossible dream, but with patience, love and the expert help of people whose jobs revolve around situations just like yours, your family can get ready to welcome a newborn and become the parents you’ve always wanted to be.

This article was written by Sherice Hendren, on behalf of AdoptHelp, helping the birth parents and adoptive families take the right decision. To know how you can adopt a child independently, you may also visit Wiki.answers.

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Adoption

 

Quashing the Myths About Domestic Adoption

In the United States there are thousands of babies placed for adoption annually. The fees involved are not exorbitant, and exist only to cover costs such as legal consultation. Adoption agencies exist to help with the process.  For anyone wanting to create a family, adoption is the best alternative. When it comes to domestic adoptions, in the court of public opinion there are many stereotypes and misconceptions. In fact, they are surprisingly well established in society. For most people, this type of adoption is painted as:

•         Prospective adoptive parents have to wait five years or longer to adopt a baby born in the same country.
•         They have to pay out thousands of dollars.
•         They constantly live in fear that the mother will return to take the back the infant, or child.
•         Children that are adopted are riddled with identity and behavioral issues.
•         The bond between baby and adoptive families are not as strong as the birth family. However, domestic adoptions continue to be quite common in the United States.

Unrelenting Myths
Due to the movies and sensationalist news stories, domestic adoptions are depicted unfavorably. For example, adoptive parents are commonly asked how much their child cost. Others are often asked if they are fearful that the birth mother will try to take them back. Basically, these questions wouldn’t be asked, if the public had more knowledge of the subject.

Domestic_Adoptions_250220130836Myth: There aren’t any infants being placed for adoption in the United States.
Truth: According to the Alexandria National council for adoption, it is estimated that there are about 20,000 infants placed for adoption yearly in the U.S. This is more than the approximate 19,000 international adoptions.

Myth: Domestic adoptions involve endless wait times and exorbitant costs.
Truth: Typically the wait time is one to two years. As well, in domestic adoptions, fees are not as staggering as they are believed to be. They can range from $4,000.00 – $10,000.00 and incidentally, the fees involved in adoption are to pay for costs such as legal consultation and counseling – not buying a baby – which is illegal. Every aspect of domestic adoptions is regulated by state laws and reviewed by a judge.

Myth: The birth parent can return and take back babies involved in domestic adoptions.
Truth: Despite the highly-publicized cases of Baby Jessica and Baby Richard, that by the way, the father in both adoptions didn’t consent; less than 1% of domestic adoptions end up being contested in the courts.

Myth: Birthmothers are usually troubled teenagers.
Truth: According to adoption professionals, a large number of birth mothers are over 18. Some mothers, and young couples, are finding it difficult nowadays to raise their first child and they lack confidence in being able to handle two children. So they opt for domestic adoptions.

Myth: Birthmothers who place their babies up for domestic adoptions don’t care about them.
Truth: They love them very much. This is why they know that they are not ready to be a parent, and want to give their infants a good home.

Myth: The adopted child will grow up troubled in cases of domestic adoptions.
Truth: The most harmful myth about domestic adoptions is that children who are adopted will grow up to be unreasonably troubled emotionally, and developmentally. According to a study done by the Minneapolis based Search Institute “Growing up adopted,” it was discovered that adoptees are better adjusted than adolescents raised by their birth parent(s).
As well, the adoption study found that teenage adoptees are extremely attached to their adoptive parents.

Domestic adoptions are common in the United States. Adoption agencies exist solely to simplify the process, for the adoptive parents, birth parents and the infant being placed for adoption. Their main goal is to create families.

This article was written by Koralee Philips on behalf of AdoptHelp, a full service domestic adoption center specializing in both independent and collaborative adoptions. To know the pros and cons of adoption, visit eHow.com.

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Adoption

 

Giving Baby Up for Adoption is a Gift for Everyone

Many women who face unplanned pregnancy and consider adoption as an option feel tremendous guilt about the idea of “giving away” the child. They feel they are abandoning the child and failing in their responsibilities as a mother. Nothing could be further from the truth. These women who are giving baby up for adoption are in fact giving a gift to everyone involved.
The Child

The child, of course, is the center of the adoption equation. The most important things for the child to have in life are a happy family and a safe home. A woman who is giving baby up for adoption has chosen to do so because she does not feel, for whatever reasons—emotional, physical, financial—that she can offer the child those things. She is not abandoning her responsibilities; she is fulfilling them in an unconventional way. Providing the child with a loving family in a safe environment is the greatest gift a mother can give her child—even if it means doing the hardest thing and placing the child with a family who can better provide these necessities than she can. No gift to the child is greater than that.

The Birth Mother

Giving baby up for adoption is often very emotional for the birth mother, probably one of the hardest things she will ever do in life. Whatever her reasons for making the decision, she did not do it lightly; she knew there was a better place for the child. While living daily without the child may not always be easy, the birth mother knows that she has given the child the best chance to thrive by providing what the child needs to grow up loved and cared for.  In knowing that, she also gives herself the gift of peace of mind.

The Birth Father

When people talk about giving baby up for adoption, they often forget that the birth father is an important piece of the puzzle as well. Not all birth fathers are involved in the pregnancy or the decision-making process, but those that are have concerns about the child’s well-being and want to ensure the child grows up happy and healthy just as much as the mother does. In choosing adoption, the birth father will get the same peace of mind that comes from knowing the child is in good hands.

The Adoptive Family

By the time a family adopts a child, the likelihood is high that the parents have tried for some time—perhaps many years—to have a child. That process often comes with much emotional turmoil and anxiety. Some families may fear they will never have the child they dream of. When the couple turns to adoption and finally receives the bundle of joy from the birth mother who is giving baby up for adoption, it is indeed a dream come true for the adoptive family. They now have the chance to nurture and raise a child, and they now can give the child the safe, loving home everyone deserves. No gift is greater for that couple than the love that child will bring.

A Special Person

It takes a special person to give a selfless gift, particularly if the gift is given at great emotional cost. For birth mothers giving baby up for adoption, this is especially true. When considering this option, any woman carrying an unplanned child should understand, without guilt, that choosing adoption is a gift to everyone involved.

This article was written by Vania Nussbaum, on behalf of AdoptHelp, offering you assistance through the adoption procedure. To know about the common myths associated with child adoption, you may visit About.com.  

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Posted by on October 20, 2012 in Adoption

 

Is the Putting Child up for Adoption Decision for You

OK, you are pregnant, but you are not sure that you want to keep the baby.  One question you may be asking yourself: “Is adoption the right option for me?” Here are some sample questions that may help you determine how you feel about the putting child up for adoption decision:

Do you dream of not being a parent?

Do you fear not being able to live up to your own, your family’s, or even society’s expectations as a parent?

Do you feel that you are, in some regards, not mature enough to be a parent?

Do you feel pressured by your family (including the other birth parent) to take responsibility for becoming pregnant and expecting?

Do you feel pressured to get past being pregnant (expecting) so you can move on with the rest of your life?

Do you feel that your schooling/job/career is more important right now then having a biological child?

Are you experiencing symptoms of post-partum depression?

Do you wish to still have some contact with your child?

If you answered “I’m not sure” to any of these questions, please consult with an adoption agency. It does not hurt to ask for help. Instead, it shows great character on your part that you were able to turn away harmful thoughts and/or behavior and exhibit enough care for your child(ren) to see that they are still taken care of, given a good home, food, clothing, love, and life. The putting child up for adoption decision requires a certain amount of emotional strength on your part, and you may find some of that strength through the support of the staff of an adoption agency, as well as family and friends.

Certainly life gets in the way of living; you may be finishing college or university and can’t afford to raise a child and pay off student loans. You may have just gotten a good job or been promoted to a high position in the company when, (grrr, timing!) now you’re pregnant. There are many reasons why women find themselves in circumstances where they are face the putting child up for adoption decision; you’ve perhaps heard a few stories or two about women like that; you may even know a few women who’ve experienced this. Now it’s your story.

If you are, or feel that you are experiencing post-partum depression, please seek medical counseling. There is enough hope in this world for everybody, nobody should feel left out or excluded. Having said that, it is understandable that you may feel overwhelmed at many times during the putting child up for experience. Doing the right thing is considering the best interest of the child.

If you still feel though, that you may want to stay in contact with the child, apply for an open adoption. There may be conditions placed upon you and there may be certain limitations, (such as only seeing the child a few times a year, being only able to mail letters or make phone calls)—you could perhaps negotiate some favorable arrangements, through your adoption attorney.

When considering the putting child up for adoption decision, you must remember the most important factor is the best interest for the child.

This guest post was written by Bennie Brailford, on behalf of Adopt Help, a full-service domestic adoption center specializing in both independent and collaborative adoptions. To know more about adoption, you may also read ehow.com.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Adoption