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An Introduction to Adoption for Pregnant Women in Missouri

Are you an expectant mother living in Missouri who is considering placing your baby for adoption? If so, you probably have a lot of questions. The good news is that Adoption Choices of Missouri has answers! If you are not familiar with the process of adoption at all, a good place to start is with a basic introduction to adoption for birth mothers

What is Adoption? 

If you are a pregnant woman who wants to place your baby for adoption, it is important to know what adoption actually is. We see it all over the place — in television shows and movies, in stories of celebrity couples, in daily life — but it is still common to hold incorrect assumptions about adoption. 

Simply put, adoption is the legal process of placing your baby in the permanent care of another family or caregiver. Each birth mother’s and adoptive family’s story and experience is unique, but will share some aspects, such as the legal rights of the adoptive family to raise the child. If you have any further questions about what adoption is, the staff at Adoption Choices of Missouri are happy to help answer these for you.

What are Some Reasons Expectant Mothers Choose to Place their Babies for Adoption?

Because every expectant mother is an individual, there will be many different reasons that she may choose to place their baby for adoption. Sometimes an unplanned pregnancy can occur at a time when she is not financially able to raise the child in the way that she would like. Other times career goals might not allow space for a baby at the current moment. Perhaps you are simply not ready for the life-altering reality of having a child. 

Whatever your own personal reason for considering adoption, know that it is valid. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we understand the emotional weight of making the decision to place your baby for adoption and are here to support your choices. Should you choose this path, you will also be matched with an adoption caseworker who will be able to guide you throughout your adoption journey. 

What are Some Benefits of Adoption? 

There are endless benefits to placing your baby for adoption in Missouri. You are making a choice that is best for you and your child. If you are not in a position to raise a child, then choosing adoption is a positive path for everyone involved. You will also be making an impact on your child’s adoptive family as well. Placing your child for adoption can help realize the dreams of a loving and supportive adoptive family. Sharing in their joy can be an uplifting and positive experience. 

Adoption does not have to mean an end to any relationship with your child. Your adoption caseworker can help you choose the kind of contact you’d like to have with your child. These are just a few of the benefits of adoption, but there are countless more that will be unique to your situation. 

What are the Different Types of Adoption? 

There are several different types of adoption that you can choose from. You will be in control of how much, or how little, contact you have with your child and their adoptive family post-adoption. Your adoption caseworker can walk you through the benefits of each kind of adoption to ensure that you select the one that is right for you. 

How can I Begin My Adoption Journey? 

Beginning anything can feel daunting, but Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help make your adoption journey as smooth as possible. You may call our adoption agency or connect with us via our online contact form at any time. From there, you will schedule an initial meeting and complete the necessary paperwork. You will also be matched with an adoption caseworker who will help guide you through the rest of the adoption process. Remember, we are always here to help.

Introduction to Adoption for Birth Mothers

While there are probably so many more questions buzzing around in your head, these are a good place to start. Our staff at Adoption Choices of Missouri are here to educate you and support you should you choose to place your baby for adoption. Our top priority is to make you as well-informed and comfortable as possible. 

Adoption Choices of 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: Molly Doyle is a native San Franciscan, Molly is an experienced educator and a dedicated writer. She holds her multiple subject teaching credential as well as her Masters of Arts in Teaching. When not teaching children or creating new written pieces, Molly can be found kicking around a soccer ball, going for urban hikes or whipping up a fruit pie. 

She currently lives in Seattle, her first home outside of California.