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What to Know When Making a Hospital Birth Plan as a Birth Mother in Missouri During COVID-19

What to Know When Making a Hospital Birth Plan as a Birth Mother in Missouri During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has seeped into every aspect of our lives for an entire year now. An unplanned pregnancy can be stressful and hectic enough as it is, but the pandemic adds a whole new level of stress into all of our lives on a daily basis. COVID-19 hovers over everything, from daily, mundane tasks like going out to eat or going grocery shopping, to looming over very special, once-in-a-lifetime events — like your due date!

With so much conflicting information still out there, it is hard to know what is supposedly safe and what isn’t. Sometimes it almost feels like states and businesses change their safety guidelines on a weekly basis. With all of these constantly changing rules, it can be difficult making an adoption plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is exactly why Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help you navigate all of these new safety procedures while making your hospital birth plan as a birth mother in Missouri during COVID-19.

Please remember that safety measures and guidelines vary between each state, county, and hospital. Your adoption caseworker will help you to go over all of these new rules and plan your special day so that you can have the safest possible hospital birth plan for you and your baby.

The Top 4 Hospital Safety Procedures to Know when Making Your Hospital Birth Plan as a Birth Mother in Missouri During COVID-19

  • Symptom Screenings. Testing and screening still play major roles in slowing the spread of the virus. When you arrive at the hospital, you will be asked some questions and have your temperature taken to screen for whether or not you have COVID-19. Don’t worry, the hospital will still admit you whether or not you have coronavirus. This simply determines what wing of the hospital you will go to and what level of care you will receive. This is because pregnant women who have contracted coronavirus will need a much higher level of care and attention than a pregnant woman who has not.
  • Guest Limits. Of course, any guests or visitors you have will also be screened for symptoms when they arrive. Many hospitals will have guest limits and may only allow one visitor in your delivery room. But that doesn’t mean you can’t see all of your loved ones while you are in the hospital waiting for your delivery. Thanks to apps like ZOOM and FaceTime, you don’t have to choose between a parent or your partner. You can still see and speak with your family on your phone or tablet before you give birth in the hospital.
  • Vaccines. As of March 2021, almost all of the hospital staff should be vaccinated by now. This will help to greatly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within the hospital. The coronavirus vaccines are even available to pregnant women. Without a vaccine, being pregnant can increase your risk for hospitalization or complications due to COVID-19. Studies by the CDC and Harvard indicate that the vaccines are safe for pregnant women, but it is perfectly understandable if you do not want to receive the vaccine just yet while pregnant. Please keep in mind that there is always a risk of side effects with any vaccine, whether or not you are pregnant. For example, you may experience a low-grade fever or mild discomfort at the injection site.
  • PPE and Safety Standards. One thing has remained constant during the pandemic: as always, doctors and hospital staff are working tirelessly around the clock to ensure the safety of you and your baby. Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff have always had to deal with wearing masks and gloves while following sanitizing procedures. They are no strangers to wearing PPE, and they will continue to follow safety standards and take all of the precautions necessary in order to protect the health of you and your baby during the pandemic.

Don’t Wait to Contact Our Adoption Agency: Start Making Your Hospital Birth Plan as a Birth Mother in Missouri during COVID-19

The longer you wait to contact us, the less time you will have to begin making your pandemic hospital birth plan. It is only natural to worry over the details of your delivery plan for your big day, even during the best of times. Due to the coronavirus, there are all sorts of new rules and safety procedures set in place. That is why Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help you make sure your birth plan follows these guidelines. We are following safety recommendations while still operating full-service for birth mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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: Kelly Felix is a graduate from the University of New Orleans. She holds a BA in English as well as a BA in Sociology. Her English concentration is in journalism, and her specialties in sociology are gender studies and environmental sociology.

When she isn’t voraciously guzzling coffee or devouring books, Kelly can be found either bent over a canvas working on her art or at her computer playing video games. She has hands-on classroom teaching experience from her time working as a substitute teacher for Kelly Services. Kelly also completed an in-house editorial internship at Pelican Publishing Company, and she finished the goal internship program at Green Light New Orleans. Kelly generally exists in a state of suspended disbelief, but when she’s not there she resides in New Orleans.

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Benefits of Creating an Adoption Plan in Missouri 

Benefits of Creating an Adoption Plan in Missouri 

When it comes to an unplanned pregnancy, it can get difficult in determining how to go about the future. If you are considering adoption, then Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help you along your adoption journey.

Going through with an adoption is a big decision to make, which is why it is important for you to determine what you want. As a birth mother, you have many unplanned pregnancy options to choose from. The emotional toll that can come with making a decision like this is not easy, but it does not make you any less of a parent to your child. Putting your child up for adoption is not something that you should feel guilty or ashamed of. Our adoption caseworkers work closely with you to ensure you are making the best decisions.

At Adoption Choices of Missouri, our team is here to assist in answering any questions that you have about creating an adoption plan. With the help of our adoption specialists and the other resources we can provide, we help birth mothers like you understand the different benefits of creating an adoption plan.

What are the Benefits of Creating an Adoption Plan?

Adoption plans can vary among each birth mother. No two adoption plans will be alike. Since an adoption plan likes to focus closely on which resources you will be needing, your adoption caseworker will work closely with you to help determine what you want and need throughout your adoption journey.

  • An Outline of What You can Expect during the Adoption Process

If you’re unfamiliar with the adoption world and have never placed a baby for adoption in Missouri before, beginning the adoption process can seem intimidating. However, this is where one of the first benefits of creating an adoption plan comes in.

Through an adoption plan, you can have an outline that tells you what you can expect from the adoption process. What steps are ahead of you, and the decisions you’ll need to make. This can greatly reduce your anxiety and trepidation. It can also help the adoption process seem like a scary unknown.

  • A Detailed Record of What You Want out of the Adoption Process

The adoption process is full of decisions you’ll need to make. It’s all too easy to become overwhelmed and forget what aspects you’ve already figured out. This can cause additional stress and frustration — especially as each decision you make in the adoption process can build on and intertwine with the next.

Yet, when you create an adoption plan, you can ease your anxiety and write down everything you want out of the adoption process. From what type of adoption you want to how involved you want to be with your child and adoptive parents after the adoption has been finalized. In doing this, you can establish a detailed record that will help remind you of past decisions and keep you on track with future ones.

  • Insight into What kind of Life You Want for Your Child

What life do you envision for your child? What opportunities would you like him or her to have? Is education important to you? The location where he or he grows up? What about the kind of adoptive family you’d like for them? Perhaps you’re not sure. Perhaps you’ve never considered this before. That’s okay.

Creating an adoption plan can help you with this. By writing down all the answers to these questions, you are establishing a clear image of how you’d like their life to look post adoption. This can reaffirm your choice in putting your child up for adoption, and help ensure that you are providing a brighter future for them.

  • Control Over Your Adoption Journey

An unplanned pregnancy is enough to catch any woman off guard. It can feel like your world has turned upside down. Like you are left with little option as to what to do.

But creating an adoption plan can change that. It allows you the freedom to make decisions based on what’s best for you and your child. Control over your adoption journey overall. This can give you peace of mind and help you feel like your life isn’t topsy turvy.

How can I Start Creating My Adoption Plan in Missouri?

We understand that you love and care for your child deeply. That you only want what’s best for them. That you want to ensure he or she is given their best chance at life. If you are feeling unsure about the benefits of creating an adoption plan, or how an adoption plan will impact you and your child’s adoption journey, we are here for you.

Adoption Choices of Missouri is a licensed adoption agency that works with birth mothers like you. Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can bring up mixed feelings and emotions, but making an adoption plan can help you feel in control and less stressed. We are here to support and guide you, providing all the resources and information you need to ensure you have the most positive and empowering adoption experience possible.

Are you ready to get started on your adoption plan?

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

Madison ArielMeet the Author: Ariel is a graduate from Southern New Hampshire University who has received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and English with a concentration in Poetry. Editor of Dear Black Girl by La’Daja Miller, Ariel aspires to be a successful author of her own book of Young Adult poetry. Ariel is currently a member of Sigma Tau Delta and The National Society of Leadership and Success. Both are honors societies that bring on prior or current students that have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the course of their college career. Ariel was also on her school’s Dean’s List during the entirety of her college career and was an active member of her school’s Creative Writing and English Review Club.

As Ariel furthers into her pursuits, she finds time to focus on health and fitness. Being spiritual, Ariel believes that manifesting is the key to living a happy and abundant life.

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Adoption Agency Support in Missouri

Adoption Agency Support in Missouri

In many of the things that we do, we often look for support from others. Having the right kind of support around us can lessen the burden of emotional decisions or ease the process of starting something new. In short, it makes us feel safe and secure.

If you are a birth mother in Missouri, you are likely making plans for your adoption journey. It is natural to be curious about the adoption agency support that Adoption Choices of Missouri has to offer.

We understand that there are a lot of costs associated with pregnancy. Our adoption agency can offer financial support on an as-needed basis. Your adoption caseworker will work with you to determine your eligibility. The wonderful news is that we offer financial assistance in a number of different ways.

Financial Support for Rent and Utilities during Your Adoption

Having a home with working utilities is necessary for a healthy and comfortable pregnancy. If you are having difficulties paying your bills, you can speak with your adoption caseworker to see if you are eligible for financial support in this area.

Paying rent and utility bills on time will ensure that some of your most basic needs are met, so that you are able to focus on caring for your child. Pregnancy is a long journey and requires a healthy amount of sleep and rest. We know how important it is to have a stable place to call home and will work hard to support you in this area.

Assistance with Groceries throughout Your Adoption Journey

Nutrition plays an important part in the development and health of your child. It is necessary to feed yourself enough food to keep you full and nourish your baby. Choosing whole, fresh foods that are high in nutrients will be your best option. If you don’t have the funds to reliably provide enough food for yourself during your pregnancy, you might be able to receive assistance with your grocery bills. Check in with your adoption caseworker to explore this option in detail.

Financial Assistance with Transportation Fees during Your Adoption Process

We understand that it may be necessary for you to travel during your unplanned pregnancy. You might need to commute to work or school. You will have frequent visits to the doctors to check on the health of you and your baby. Wherever you are going, we want to help you get there. If you need some help covering the costs of your transportation fees, please communicate that with your adoption caseworker.

Maternity Clothing throughout Your Pregnancy

As your body changes to make room for your baby, your clothes will need to change too. If you are eligible, we are happy to help cover the cost of new maternity clothes throughout your pregnancy. Finding clothes that fit properly will help keep you comfortable as your baby grows.

Do You Qualify for Adoption Agency Support in Missouri?

At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we want to support you in as many ways as possible. We understand that this often includes providing financial support. We also know that your financial needs may change throughout your pregnancy and we can adjust our levels of support accordingly. Communicating any changes with your adoption caseworker will allow him or her to find you the help that you need.

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.

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4 FAQs regarding an Adoption Plan in Missouri

4 FAQs regarding an Adoption Plan in Missouri

Asking questions about something can help you plan and prepare for it. As you embark upon your adoption journey as a birth mother in Missouri, you will need to create an adoption plan. This adoption plan will help you outline the details of each step in your adoption journey and ensure that you don’t encounter too many surprises along the way.

At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we understand the unique nature of each birth mother’s adoption journey. The adoption plan that you create will be as individual as you are. However, we do come across some frequently asked questions regarding an adoption plan in Missouri.

What is the Purpose of an Adoption Plan? 

An adoption plan is put in place to help eliminate surprises during your adoption journey. There will be a lot of big decisions and emotional moments throughout your pregnancy and during delivery. Having an adoption plan can help you feel prepared for the future and comfortable in your choices. It also helps ensure that you are not making any larger decisions without taking adequate time to think them through.

What do I Include in My Adoption Plan? 

Your adoption plan is an opportunity for you to arrange any details of your pregnancy and your adoption preferences. You can include information about the type of adoption that you would like to have, as well as any beliefs or values you want your child’s adoptive family to share.

You can also make preparations for your baby’s birth by including details about who you want in the delivery room with you, how you will get to the hospital and any items you’d like to bring along for comfort. If you want to hold your baby post-delivery, you can include that information in your adoption plan.

Do I have to Come Up with My Adoption Plan by Myself? 

No, you don’t have to come up with your adoption plan alone. You will have the support of your adoption caseworker throughout the creation of your adoption plan. She can help you discuss your options and answer any questions that arise.

If you have trusted people in your life who are supportive of your decision to choose adoption, you can also turn to them for support. It can be helpful to get feedback or input from the people we love. However, make sure to listen to your heart and your own needs. If someone is suggesting something that doesn’t feel right for you, trust yourself and make your own decision.

Can I Make Changes to My Adoption Plan?

Yes! You are in control of your adoption journey. While your adoption caseworker will be there to guide you, all the big decisions will ultimately remain with you. If something that you included in your adoption plan no longer feels right, you can certainly alter it.

Before you make any big changes in your adoption plan, be sure to communicate with your adoption caseworker or a trusted friend. If you’d like to speak to an adoption professional, Adoption Choices of Missouri also provides access to counseling services through your pregnancy and post adoption. It can be helpful to discuss the reasons why you feel differently about an aspect of your adoption plan than you did when you created it.

What Questions do You have about an Adoption Plan in Missouri?

If you are feeling intimidated by the idea of creating an adoption plan, know that you have plenty of support! Our staff at Adoption Choices of Missouri is happy to help you answer any questions. Reach out to your adoption caseworker today to get the adoption process started. Remember, planning ahead ensures that you have as smooth an adoption journey 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.

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Everything You Need to Know About Making a Semi-Open Adoption Plan as a Birth Mother

Everything You Need to Know About Making a Semi-Open Adoption Plan as a Birth Mother

Now that you have chosen adoption as the right option for you, it is time to reach out to your adoption agency and begin making your adoption plan. The first step to making your adoption plan is selecting what type of adoption best suits you. Are you interested in an open, closed, or semi-open adoption? What type of adoption you choose decides how involved you will be in your baby’s life in the future.

The Different Types of Adoption Available for Birth Mothers in Missouri

In order to understand what a semi-open adoption is, first we have to know what open adoption and closed adoption each mean. Open adoption usually consists of staying in touch directly, via in-person visits and planned meetings that follow a set of predetermined guidelines you and the adoptive parents have agreed on. A closed adoption is when there is no contact beyond the baby’s birth and placement with the adoptive family. Semi-open adoption falls somewhere in the middle between open and closed adoption.

A semi-open adoption is when there is no identifying information shared, but you still maintain various forms of contact with your baby as he or she grows up. Due to its very nature, semi-open adoption typically consists of more nonverbal, written communication, like letters and emails. Usually this happens through third party mediation. At our adoption agency, we use a secure and confidential online portal called ChildConnect. This will allow you to communicate with your adoptive parents and receive updates about your child from a safe and protected distance. provided by your adoption agency. That is exactly why Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help you with your semi-open adoption plan.

Top 3 Reasons Why a Semi-Open Adoption Plan may be Right for You as a Birth Mother

1. More privacy. Maybe your job or your life requires a certain level of anonymity. Maybe you are just a more private person. It is completely natural to want to maintain some discretion when placing your baby for adoption. Whatever the reason behind your desire for privacy, perhaps you still don’t want the complete loss of contact that comes with a closed adoption. That means that semi-open adoption may be right for you.

2. A sense of control. If you are the type of person who ignores a phone call in order to reply with a carefully constructed text instead, then a semi-open adoption may be a good fit for you. Not only does keeping contact limited to written communication help give you a sense of control, but it also allows you to take your time and decide what you want to say more thoughtfully. Birth mothers are always in control over how much future involvement they would like to participate in, but a semi-open adoption allows for a little more control when setting the ground rules of how much contact is or is not ok.

3. Less guilt or grief. No matter what, there is almost always some grief and guilt over the loss of parenthood after adoption. In fact, we even provide post-placement mental health and support counseling for birth mothers for this exact reason. Maybe you feel like an open adoption is too much of a painful reminder, but a closed adoption isn’t enough for you.

How to Get Started on Your Semi-Open Adoption Plan as a Birth Mother Today

After you have contacted our adoption agency and made an appointment with your adoption caseworker, please make sure to tell them that you are interested in a semi-open adoption plan as a birth mother. They will be able to provide you with some more basic information and answer any questions you may have more directly.

Another great way to get started preparing for your semi-open adoption plan is to practice writing an introductory letter to leave with your baby. This is a letter that basically introduces who you are and why you chose adoption. Once your baby is old enough to understand that he or she was adopted, they will have many personal questions that the adoptive family simply won’t have all the answers to.

An introductory letter is a great way to explain why adoption is the right choice for all of you and address any questions or concerns you think your baby will have one day. This is your chance to help him or her understand that this difficult decision was the best one possible, because it was a decision made out of love for their benefit and to provide them with the best opportunities in life.

An adoption plan also means a list of guidelines for future interactions. Think about the distant future, picture where you are five, ten, fifteen years from now. Do you want the possibility to eventually turn your semi-open adoption into a fully open adoption one day? Do you want to stick to only written communication through a mediator, or would you like to meet your baby once he or she is grown up? These are all different guidelines that you and your adoption caseworker can work into your semi-open adoption plan.

Let Our Adoption Agency Answer All of Your Questions about Making a Semi-Open Adoption Plan as a Birth Mother

Do you have more questions about semi-open adoption or making a semi-open adoption plan? Don’t wait or hesitate to call Adoption Choices of Missouri today so that your adoption specialist can get started answering all of your questions as quickly as possible. Don’t you want as much help and time available to plan everything and write your introductory letter? The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work helping you make your semi-open adoption plan.

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: Kelly Felix is a graduate from the University of New Orleans. She holds a BA in English as well as a BA in Sociology. Her English concentration is in journalism, and her specialties in sociology are gender studies and environmental sociology.

When she isn’t voraciously guzzling coffee or devouring books, Kelly can be found either bent over a canvas working on her art or at her computer playing video games. She has hands-on classroom teaching experience from her time working as a substitute teacher for Kelly Services. Kelly also completed an in-house editorial internship at Pelican Publishing Company, and she finished the goal internship program at Green Light New Orleans. Kelly generally exists in a state of suspended disbelief, but when she’s not there she resides in New Orleans.

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Choosing the Adoptive Family You Want for Your Child

Choosing the Adoptive Family You Want for Your Child

When a birth mother first starts looking for the right adoptive family, she should ask herself, What is most important to me about an adoptive family? Using that question as a guideline is key to figuring out what family works best for you when it comes to caring for your child.

The thing that comes easiest for birth mothers, if they are having some trouble finding the right adoptive family, is to match or align the values they possess with the respective adoptive family. If they reflect and share your wants and desires when it comes to raising your baby, that couple or individual might be the best fit for you.

Adoption Choices of Missouri are going to share some tips or things birth mothers should consider if they find that choosing an adoptive family for your child is a bit challenging.

Open, Semi-Closed, or Closed Adoption with an Adoptive Family 

This is usually the first of many steps birth mothers go through when they are choosing an adoptive family for your child. One of the first questions that will be asked is what type of adoption you’d like to have when it comes to you and your baby. Adoptive families also potentially have preferences, so it could be an easy match up when you find one that also shares that same desire.

The Adoptive Family’s Parenting Philosophy 

There is no handbook on how to raise a child, let alone, raise an entire family. Of course, we have bits and pieces of guidance here and there, but it is a whole learning experience for every new parent — whether birth or adoptive. But if you have some idea or input on how you would like to see your child brought up, it could help narrow the search down when you are looking for adoptive families. There is no surefire way of parenting that guarantees positive results for you and your baby, but it is a good starting point for discussion.

Learning and talking to adoptive families on how they see the future of their newly connected family panning out can be a good eye opener on what their parenting style is. Pose questions to them like how they will discipline, what are some house rules they will enforce, or even ask them how they were raised themselves.

This is a great topic to bond over and an even greater opportunity to gain some insight on what the household lifestyle will look like.

The Adoptive Family’s Ethnicity 

Race and ethnicity is not a barrier when it comes to raising a child who is not biologically yours. In fact, it is a bridge. It is a chance to look on the other side of things from a new perspective that you would have never had the chance to do otherwise. Choosing an adoptive family for your child is not one that should be held back in fear of picking a transracial adoptive family. The adoption community is a melting pot of people of all creeds, colors, and backgrounds. Our diversity is something that brings us closer together, not something separates us. If you see yourself placing your child in the care of a transracial adoptive family, it is best to do your research beforehand if you are unfamiliar with any cultural difference you may have.

Taking that time to educate yourself will definitely help in avoiding any awkward or misunderstood conversations when first speaking to your family. Race does not have to be a barrier, make it a bridge that links you to your chosen adoptive family.

The Adoptive Family’s Religion

There are so many things that go into our way of thinking, our belief system can have one of the greatest impacts. Our moral compass, ethics, right down to our social norms can be shaped by religion or, at the very least, influenced by it. It definitely can have its role to play when raising a child when it is looked to for guidance in uncertain situations. Faith is something many people around the world share, and quite many of them are passionate about it. There are some who even do not ascribe to any faith or religion that are passionate about keeping it that way as well.

Discussing something as important and weighty as this is a conversation that needs to be had between you and the adoptive parents you chose. In doing so, it will help shed light on your adoptive family’s choices. If you yourself feel you would like spirituality or some sort of religious influence to be kept in your baby’s life, finding adoptive families who match that will make the search easier. The same goes for if you want the opposite.

Are You Ready to Choose an Adoptive Family?

The road leading up to your finished adoption plan may seem like a long and arduous one, but it is rewarding. One filled with happiness for both you and your child.

For all things adoption find us here and let’s get started on your adoption plan today.

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: My name is Alexander Charles Cooper, I come from a family of four that originates from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I, along with my younger brother Greyson were born in North Carolina, three years after my parents had wed and moved to the state. Alexander shares his birthday with Maya Angelou, which he takes great pride in.

Growing up, Alexander had the privilege of having both parents in his life and a stable upbringing in which he was surrounded by family and friends. He believes that much of his family foundation is built on faith which has given him a discipline and practice that has allowed him to discover and build his spiritual self. He is also interested in politics and worldly news that allows him to excel in American literature, philosophy/ethics, and higher learning.

From that, his passion in writing bloomed and he found his true calling: “I wished to create and write for a living and know it will be what makes me happiest. My only wish is for me to bring about positive change for others both near and far and leave a lasting legacy that contributes to the overall wellbeing and joy of others.”

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What is an Adoption Plan in Missouri and Do I Need One?

What is an Adoption Plan in Missouri and Do I Need One?

Having an unexpected pregnancy can be scary. No need to worry, because you are not alone. If you are struggling to choose an adoption center in Missouri, then Adoption Choices of Missouri is guaranteed to have your best interest at heart.

We understand how difficult it is to decide on which steps to take after an unplanned pregnancy. This is why we are here to assist you with any questions or concerns you have regarding your adoption plan. We are prompt in making sure that our team supports you every step of the way. We want to help you make the best possible choice for you and your child.

What is an Adoption Plan?

If you are new to the adoption world, you may wonder what an adoption plan is what it entails. Put simply, an adoption plan is an outline of your expectations and preferences for the adoption process. It is a roadmap to help you reduce your stress and know what is ahead of you. So, if you have any wants or requirements for either you or your child, make sure to include them in your adoption plan.

What does an Adoption Plan Cover?

Your adoption plan can cover the following pieces of the adoption process:

  • The type of adoption you want
  • The adoptive parents you want for your child
  • What you want your hospital experience to look like
  • Any post-placement support you need

Even though you’ll go through our standard adoption process with our adoption agency, the specific details you put into your adoption plan in Missouri are completely up to you. So, think about the kind of life you’d like to provide for your child. Is there anything you had or didn’t have growing up that you’d like him or her to experience? How involved do you want to be with your child and the adoptive parents once the adoption has been finalized? Do you have any specific needs or requests for when you’re ready to give birth? All these details and more can help you create an adoption plan that’s best suited to you and your baby.

Is There More than One Adoption Plan? 

This is a great question, although a more difficult one to answer. Our adoption agency only offers one adoption plan; however, there are no two adoption plans that will be alike. Why is this? No two adoption journeys are the same, just as no two birth mothers are the same. Each and every one of you has your own vision for how you want your adoption journey to go. Thus, what you include into your adoption plan will be just as unique as you and your personal circumstances are.

There is no right or wrong way to go about creating your adoption plan. So, you don’t need to worry about whether or not you’re doing things correctly. If your ideas don’t match someone else’s. That’s the beauty of an adoption plan. It isn’t, and shouldn’t be, similar to anyone else but you. Again, there is no right or wrong way. Only the way that’s best for you and your baby.

Do I Need an Adoption Plan in Missouri?

While creating an adoption plan is not a requirement of the adoption process, we do strongly recommend that all of our expectant mothers consider making one. We have found that having an adoption plan can be very beneficial and ensure a more successful and smooth adoption journey overall.

As aforementioned, we understand that everyone’s circumstances are different. We help pregnant women from varying backgrounds and walks of life. Our team of adoption professionals and specialists are highly trained and ready to help you in whatever way we can. Planning for adoption is a life-long decision that will affect you and your child’s life forever, which is why we are here to guide and support you throughout your adoption journey.

It is our mission to help you become well-informed on how to properly plan ahead for you and your child’s future. Are you ready to create an adoption plan and get started in the adoption process? Please reach out to us here for all of our resources as we begin moving forward in your adoption journey. We would love to be of help and assistance to you!

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

Madison ArielMeet the Author: Ariel is a graduate from Southern New Hampshire University who has received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and English with a concentration in Poetry. Editor of Dear Black Girl by La’Daja Miller, Ariel aspires to be a successful author of her own book of Young Adult poetry. Ariel is currently a member of Sigma Tau Delta and The National Society of Leadership and Success. Both are honors societies that bring on prior or current students that have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the course of their college career. Ariel was also on her school’s Dean’s List during the entirety of her college career and was an active member of her school’s Creative Writing and English Review Club.

As Ariel furthers into her pursuits, she finds time to focus on health and fitness. Being spiritual, Ariel believes that manifesting is the key to living a happy and abundant life.

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How to Write a Letter to Your Birth Child in Missouri

How to Write a Letter to Your Birth Child in Missouri

There are many reasons to write someone a letter. Perhaps they live far away from you and you miss them. Maybe you want to tell them how you feel but can’t seem to do it in person. Whatever the reason, a letter can convey a world of emotion and can often become a lifetime treasure.

Writing a letter to your birth child can be a wonderful way to communicate with them. Just as with any letter, there are many reasons that you might consider writing a letter to your birth child. You might want to tell them more about your own life experiences or cultural traditions. Perhaps you want to share your feelings and let your birth child know that you are thinking of them. If you’re not sure how to write a letter to your birth child, try reaching out to Adoption Choices of Missouri or following some of these tips.

  • Make a Plan for What You Want to Write

Before writing your letter, it can be helpful to create a plan detailing what you’d like to include. Knowing what you are going to write about can relieve some of the anxiety or difficulty that might accompany writing. It can also ensure that you don’t leave out anything important that you really wanted to say.

Making a writing plan looks different for everyone. You can try creating a list with all the key points that you wanted to include in your letter. If you benefit from a lot of organization, you might make an outline of what you want to include in each paragraph. If you’re someone who prefers to write it out, read it through and then begin again if it doesn’t feel right, that’s always an option as well. Whatever works best for you is the way to go.

  • Keep Your Birth Child in Mind when Writing about Adoption

As you write, it is important to remember who you are writing to. While writing does have many therapeutic benefits, keep in mind that you are not writing this letter solely for yourself. Your birth child will read this letter and experience all the emotion that comes along with it. You can certainly express your feelings, but just make sure that you write this letter with intention.

  • Write with Positivity about Your Adoption Journey

Keep your letter positive. This does not mean that you can’t be open and honest. It just means that you want to fill your letter with support and love for your birth child. Although we understand that there can be difficult emotions that arise throughout your adoption journey and post-adoption, this is not the place to share those.

If you do find yourself facing some tough feelings as you write, our adoption agency offers counseling services post-adoption. You can always reach out and schedule an appointment. Talking to a professional can be a helpful way to work through your thoughts and emotions.

  • Share the Important Parts of Your Child’s Adoption Story

What should you include in your letter? You can share anything that you feel is important for your child to know. You might choose to share more information about your personality and your own life experiences. This can help your birth child get to know you as a person. Maybe you’d like for them to learn about your culture and traditions. If you placed your baby for adoption in a transracial adoption, this can be a great way to introduce and educate your birth child around his or her culture.

If you don’t have specific information that you want to include, that’s fine! It is definitely okay to just share your support and love with your child. You can remind them of how much you love them or how happy you are that they are growing up safe and healthy. Try to stay away from any negative sentiments regarding adoption or his or her adoptive family. Remember, your birth child will benefit from a show of support and confidence in your own decisions.

How will You Write to Your Letter to Your Birth Child?

Although writing a letter to your birth child can feel daunting, just remember to be yourself. Share the parts of you and your life that are the most special. If you’re not sure how to write a letter to your birth child, keep these tips in mind and speak from the heart. If you need any help or advice on how to write a letter to your birth child, our staff at Adoption Choices of Missouri are always happy to help.

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.

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4 Questions about Last Minute Adoption

4 Questions about Last Minute Adoption

While we usually don’t plan to leave things until the last minute, sometimes it happens anyway. Maybe we aren’t sure what is the right path for us at the start. Perhaps we needed more time to think things through. If you are wondering if it’s too late in your pregnancy to choose adoption, the answer is no, it’s never too late.

Adoption is a choice that is made with the wellbeing of both you and your child at the forefront. If you are nearing the end of your pregnancy, choosing adoption is still a possibility for you. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we are happy to educate you around your options and get your started on your last minute adoption journey.

1. Can I Place My Baby for Adoption if I’m Due in a Few Weeks?

The short answer to this is yes. Even if you were not considering adoption for the majority of your pregnancy, it is never too late to make the choice that feels right to you. You are an individual and your path to adoption will be as unique as you are.

2. What are Some Reasons to Choose Adoption? 

If you are considering placing your child for adoption, you might have some questions about the benefits for you and your baby. The good news is that there are endless benefits for both of you.

Placing your baby for adoption ensures that he or she will grow up in a stable and loving home. Additionally, you will have the ability to select your child’s adoptive family and the type of adoption you wish to have. This means that you can continue to have a relationship with your child post placement if that is something you are interested in.

Choosing to put your baby up for adoption can benefit you by allowing you to focus on your career aspirations or dreams. If you are not financially stable, adoption can provide the room for you to grow in this area and prepare for the future. There are many other benefits as well and those can vary between each birth mother.

3. What is the First Step I Take to Begin the Adoption Process?

If you have decided to choose adoption, your first step will be to contact Adoption Choices of Missouri. You can schedule an initial visit, during which we will answer any questions that you have. We will also pair you with an adoption caseworker who will be your guide throughout your adoption journey.

4. How do I Know if Adoption is the Right Choice for Me? 

This is one of those questions that no one can answer for you. While you can certainly talk through your options and discuss your feelings with close friends, family members or counselors, the final decision has to come from you. Listen to yourself and follow your heart. Through reflection, discussion and time you can arrive at the decision that is best for you and your baby.

Can I Choose a Last Minute Adoption in Missouri?

Yes! You absolutely can! Keep in mind that it is never late to choose adoption, even if you are far along in your pregnancy. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we understand the importance of making a decision that feels right for you and your baby. Our specialized adoption staff is here to provide educational resources and get you started on your adoption path.

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.

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The Benefits of Creating an Adoption Plan through our Adoption Agency in Missouri

The Benefits of Creating an Adoption Plan through our Adoption Agency in Missouri

Are you a birth mother in Missouri who has chosen adoption? Congratulations on making this wonderful and life-changing choice! Choosing to place your baby for adoption is not an easy decision, but you have the strength and courage to move forward with this caring and selfless act of love for the benefit of your baby. But what happens next?

It is time for you to start making your adoption plan. An adoption plan is simply a detailed description of what you want for you and your baby throughout your entire pregnancy, the whole adoption process, and post-placement. It is simply deciding which adoption options are the best ones for you and making detailed steps on how to achieve them.

Important Steps to Creating Your Adoption Plan

There are several main components to making an adoption plan. The first is deciding which type of adoption works for you, whether you would like an open, closed, or semi-open adoption. The next part of your adoption plan is looking through adoptive parent portfolios and choosing an adoptive family. Next, you will want to make your hospital birth plan. Your birth plan covers the details of everything from picking out your doctor, what to do when you go into labor, transportation to arrive at the hospital, giving birth, and leaving the hospital.

Having an adoption plan just means having really detailed and well-thought-out plans for your adoption process. If you decide what you want and what you don’t want ahead of time, it will be easier to make those things happen. You can even think of your adoption plan as your birth mother vision-board. Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri as soon as possible, so that we can get to work helping you make your adoption plan.

The Top 5 Benefits of Creating an Adoption Plan through our Adoption Agency in Missouri:

  • Gain access to our expert and highly skilled adoption specialists. We understand what a difficult process adoption can be. Your adoption caseworker will help you every step of the way. In addition to your adoption specialist, we also provide mental health counselors to speak with regarding any doubts, grief, or anxiety you may be experiencing. It is important to have a reliable support system in place, and we are here for you.
  • Help getting organized and having a birth plan ready. Don’t we all wish we were just a little more organized? An unplanned pregnancy can still be a very well-planned adoption. Life is already so full of surprises, but don’t let your due date take you by surprise too. From choosing what type of adoption you would like, to choosing an adoptive family, to picking out a doctor and figuring out transportation to the hospital, all the way through delivery and post-placement, your adoption caseworker will be by your side to help you plan every step.
  • Take back control of your adoption process. You may or may not be in an extreme situation where you feel you have little or no control, like being in jail, homeless, an abusive relationship, or still in school. An adoption plan allows for you to take back control by having the final say over every aspect of your adoption process.
  • Financial assistance and medical benefits are available when choosing adoption. Working with an adoption agency will help you gain access to exclusive aid and benefits. Financial assistance includes, but is not limited to: safe housing, utilities, groceries, transport, medical assistance, and legal representation. We even provide access to mental health services and support counseling.
  • Qualified and pre-screened adoptive families are available to you. We are a full-service, licensed adoption agency, so all of our adoptive families are pre-qualified and pre-screened. While you get to choose from any adoptive family available in our portfolios, we perform in-depth home studies to make sure that every adoptive family you see in our portfolios is already guaranteed to be a stable, loving, and nurturing home.

Don’t Wait to Start Receiving the Benefits of Creating an Adoption Plan through our Adoption Agency in Missouri

Trying to make an adoption plan as a birth mother can feel overwhelming and scary. After all, even the best laid plans can go to waste. That is why Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to make sure you receive all the benefits of creating an adoption plan through our adoption agency in Missouri. Our adoption caseworkers are ready to help answer all of your questions and make an adoption plan that is best tailored to your needs. The quicker you contact us, the more time you will have to make and go over your adoption plan.

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: Kelly Felix is a graduate from the University of New Orleans. She holds a BA in English as well as a BA in Sociology. Her English concentration is in journalism, and her specialties in sociology are gender studies and environmental sociology.

When she isn’t voraciously guzzling coffee or devouring books, Kelly can be found either bent over a canvas working on her art or at her computer playing video games. She has hands-on classroom teaching experience from her time working as a substitute teacher for Kelly Services. Kelly also completed an in-house editorial internship at Pelican Publishing Company, and she finished the goal internship program at Green Light New Orleans. Kelly generally exists in a state of suspended disbelief, but when she’s not there she resides in New Orleans.

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