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Placing My Baby for Adoption: I’m Not Excited About My Unplanned Pregnancy and That’s Okay

Placing My Baby for Adoption: I’m Not Excited About My Unplanned Pregnancy and That’s Okay

When you first learn of your unplanned pregnancy, it is okay to have mixed feelings. These feelings can come from a number of factors when you are considering placing your baby for adoption. You could be shocked because you were sure to be careful. You could be feeling scared because you are not sure what to do next. You could be stressed because you do not want to have a baby at this point in your life. There is no need to panic because you have some options on what to do next. The adoption process is one of those options. Here at Adoption Choices of Missouri, we are prepared and ready to help you on your adoption journey.

I’m Not Ready To Be A Parent. Is Adoption the Right Choice for Me?

One of the most common reasons why birth mothers consider placing their baby for adoption is because they feel they are not ready to be a parent. There is nothing wrong with feeling like you are not ready to be a parent. Again there is no need to panic about what to do next because you have some options to choose from. The choice of adoption agencies in Missouri can seem very daunting to birth mothers. This can be because they are not sure what to expect from adoption in Missouri.

Why Am I Not Excited About Having A Baby?

Some birth mothers may not feel excited when they learn that they are pregnant. This could be the case because they do not feel ready to be a parent, they do not want a baby, or they are in shock. If you feel this way as well, do not be too hard on yourself. There is nothing wrong with feeling this way. No one says you have to be excited about your unexpected pregnancy. It is a common feeling among birth mothers that experience an unexpected or unplanned pregnancy. 

The Adoption Process in MO Is Nothing To Be Afraid Of

We know the adoption process can be overwhelming, scary, and emotionally draining. Our staff is here to help guide you and support you during your adoption journey. An unexpected pregnancy is always scary, and if you choose the adoption process and work with us, we will do everything we can to help make you feel safe and secure with your choice of adoption in Missouri.

You Are In Control of Your Adoption Process in MO

One of the misconceptions about the adoption process is that birth mothers will have little to no say in how the process goes. That is not true! Here at Adoption Choices of Missouri, our staff is here to guide you and support you. One of our adoption specialists will provide you with the information you need and guide and support you through the steps of the adoption process. Once you begin the process, we do not take over. You are the one that is in the driver’s seat. You should feel comfortable, safe, and secure during your adoption journey and with your adoption plan.

We Are Here For You And Your Baby

Here at Adoption Choices of Missouri, you will not be judged for choosing adoption and for why you choose adoption. Our staff is here to help you through this process. We understand that even though you may not feel ready to be a parent, going through the adoption process can be emotionally draining and tough on you. Our goal is to help you do what you think is best for both you and your unborn baby. Our staff will be there to guide you and support you throughout your adoption journey. Again you are the one in control, and you have the final say on your adoption plan. 

On our page, you can find all of our contact information and more information on adoption and the adoption process. We have pages that provide information on different types of adoption, last-minute adoptions, and our blog if you are looking for additional information. We are here to help you get your adoption journey started!

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 816-527-9800

NickolasMeet the Author: Nickolas Cooney is a senior at Arizona State University working through his final semester to get his bachelor’s degree in Sports Journalism. Nick also attended the University of Alabama for his first year and a half of college when he was a biology major. He decided to move back to Arizona and transfer to ASU when he changed his major because he saw more opportunities at the Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Since transferring to ASU, Nick has been a reporter for the AIA in Arizona for a semester and worked with the Phoenix Suns and Rising for stories.

While writing about sports and creating content about sports is Nick’s passion. He also is very passionate about playing sports as well. He grew up playing baseball, basketball, and racing motocross. Nick still does his best to ride and race motocross when he has time, but he has been focusing on his schooling and another one of his passions, gaming. Nick is an avid gamer, and he is even a streamer on Twitch. He has built up a fan base to be a part of the Twitch Affiliate program.

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ICWA: Placing A Native American Baby For Adoption

ICWA: Placing A Native American Baby For Adoption

Placing a baby for adoption is a hard decision to make. This can be exacerbated when you are placing a child of color for adoption. As a birth mother, wanting your child’s culture and heritage to remain an important part of their life even though you aren’t raising them is a completely valid desire. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we’re here to help you navigate through this complicated time and provide every resource we can to make your pregnancy and placement run smoothly. We also work in correlation with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to ensure that your child is placed with the right adoptive family. We want all of your needs to be met, especially regarding the proper placement of your child.

How do I Begin The Missouri Adoption Process

Providing a stable network of support during your pregnancy is the number one goal of our adoption agency in Missouri. As the birth mother, you will be able to make all of the decisions at your own discretion. This means the type of adoption, the adoptive family, and how you’d like your birth to proceed. In Missouri, you will have to wait a full forty-eight hours after birth. The process is generally the same unless you have requested to spend time with the baby post-birth.

Adoptive families may help you financially in regards to any pregnancy-related bills. This can include doctor’s visits, maternity clothes, and necessary nutrition. Your adoption professional can also provide you with information about government assistance for pregnant women.

ICWA: Adoption Of Native American Children

One of the great benefits of going through a private adoption agency is your ability to choose the adoptive family. If keeping your child’s culture and heritage is an important aspect in deciding what family is the right fit, put it in your adoption plan and let your adoption professional know. That way the both of you are on the same page when beginning your search for prospective adoptive families.

Choosing an open adoption is another way you can help keep your child’s heritage and culture alive. If you’re able to or want to have communication with your child you can share family history, cultural history, and traditions through letters, phone calls, photos, or in-person meetings. You can also share any of this information with the adoptive family during interviews or general meetings after they are selected.

Semi-open adoptions require all communication to go through a third party and there are no face-to-face meetings. However, you can still send letters and pictures to teach your child about their heritage and culture. This is a great way to teach the adoptive family about it as well. That way your child’s heritage can be celebrated with their adoptive family.

Many families that are open to adopting children of different backgrounds are willing and excited to learn about their adoptive child’s roots. If you want to know more about how prospective adoptive families feel about this subject just ask! This is what screenings and interviews are for. You, as the birth mother, have every right to pass on an adoptive family for any reason. This is about what you want for your child and their future.

Adoption Agencies and Pregnancy

We want to help you through the whole process, not just placement! If you need help finding proper insurance we can help find programs you qualify for or doctors that are within your network. We can also provide information about temporary housing, food assistance, and financial assistance for pregnant women. Don’t be afraid to ask for help during your pregnancy if you need it!

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health for you and your baby. Counseling sessions for birth mothers and pregnant women choosing adoption can be found through your adoption professionals. Sometimes just having someone to talk to and vent can be all you need. Other times we need help processing our emotions and thoughts during stressful times. There’s no shame in reaching out for help.

ICWA: Native American Adoption

Are you planning on putting your Native American child up for adoption? Contact us for more information about adoption, the Indian Child Welfare Act, adoption laws, and anything else you have questions about! We’re here to help you as best we can. Putting a baby up for adoption can be complicated and stressful but you are not alone in this journey. 

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 816-527-9800.

Meet the Author: Amanda Rodgers is an experienced, versatile writer, well-versed in blog posts, SEO, and keywords. She is also a self-motivated freelance professional with experience in writing a myriad of subjects, such as women’s rights and LGBT issues. In everything she does, she brings her client’s ideas to fruition while not only keeping their individual voice intact but also adhering to their values and overall mission. 

Amanda creates a lasting impression with audiences through creative writing to ensure that her message — and the vision of her clients — is clearly conveyed and felt.

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The MO Adoption Process From The Adoptive Parents’ Perspective

The MO Adoption Process From The Adoptive Parents’ Perspective

Adoption Choices of Missouri is a well-respected adoption agency in Missouri that has experience aiding both birth mothers and adoptive families through the MO adoption process. We have the utmost respect for those who choose to adopt and for the mothers who choose to put their baby up for adoption. If you, a birth mother, are considering adoption and would like to know more about the Missouri adoption process, especially for those who may adopt your child, this article may be of some interest to you.

Why Choose Adoption in Missouri?

Individuals can choose adoption in Missouri for any number of reasons, such as issues conceiving biological children. Some prospective parents may have been a child of adoption themselves and chose to adopt a child of their own, just as their parents adopted and cared for them. Some families just want to build their family and help a child who is entering the world and cannot be cared for by their biological parents. The families who choose to adopt one or more children to build their family are all vetted through your chosen Missouri agency. They may have had fertility issues and are looking into alternative ways to create the family they have dreamed of having. These families want to give all their love to a child in need of love and care. As the birth mother, may even choose the family who will raise your child as their own.

Choosing Adoptive Parents For My Baby

As a birth mother, you have the right to choose the family that will care for your child. Your decision can be influenced by anything from belief systems you wish the chosen family to instill in your child to choose a family with a similar or dissimilar ethnic or religious background from your own. You may choose a family similar to your own to maintain the cultural traditions you grew up with for your child.

Adoption Agency Near Me In Missouri

Your chosen adoption agency will help you through the MO adoption process of choosing a family for your baby. Just as you choose an adoption agency that aligns with your views and is most receptive to your needs as a birth mother. Prospective adoptive families in Missouri can also go through an adoption agency in Missouri that they feel will best help them build their family. You may find your child’s family through your Missouri agency, such as Adoption Choices of Missouri. We help prospective adoptive families build a profile that you, the birth mother, can look through to see if you would like to meet with any of the families whose profiles you view.

How To Find A Family To Adopt My Baby?

If you do not find a family you like through the profiles on your Missouri agency’s database of prospective parents, you may also look through ads on social media. Many families find a cost-effective way to put the word out that they are looking to adopt a child by putting personal ads on social media or other adoption-related websites and chat rooms. Otherwise, word-of-mouth is very helpful in spreading the word that you are looking for a family to adopt your baby or hear that someone is looking to adopt a child.

Just because you may find a family through unconventional means does not mean that the adoption will not be by the book, and every legal avenue will be taken into consideration. Your Missouri agency can help you to finalize adoption details and maintain your best interest and rights as the birth mother. Even if you bring the adoptive family to your caseworker at your Missouri agency, they will still have to go through a home study to prove they are able to support and care for your baby.

What Is A Home Study and How Has COVID-19 Affected It?

A home study is a thorough criminal and financial background check, as well as interviews with anyone who may come in contact with the child, and a study of the home. This is all to check to see if the prospective adoptive family is able to take care of your baby. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the normal home study processes have been adjusted in order to prevent exposure to the disease and protect all individuals involved in the process.

This could mean interviews and checks of the home being done over video camera or Zoom call. Unfortunately, this is not for the best, but caseworkers and parents are all adjusting as best they can to keep everyone safe. Court processes surrounding adoption have also been moved to video conferences in order to maintain social distancing and limit personal interaction while the pandemic continues.

Will Adoptive Parents Help Me Financially?

Your child’s chosen family will most likely put aside money for your expenses as a birth mother. Your Missouri will help establish a trust with the money that you have access to for your medical and living expenses throughout your pregnancy. Adoption Choices of Missouri understands this process and will help you through all legal, emotional, and financial matters with your pregnancy and adoption. We know this can be a lot to take in, but we are committed to finding you the best family for your child and helping you in any way we can.

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 816-527-9800

CarlyMeet the author: Carly is a recent graduate of Connecticut College with a dual degree in Psychology and Italian Studies. Graduating Cum Laude with honors in both Psychology and Italian departments, Carly has a background in gender-related research through the Connecticut College Psychology Department and Honors Theses Program. When not trying to figure out life or working, Carly is reading historical fiction novels or playing with her black cat, Isabelle.

 

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Birth Parent Questions for Adoption Choices of Missouri

Birth Parent Questions for Adoption Choices of Missouri

With the excitement of adoption in Missouri, there can also come lots of questions and uncertainty. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we understand that many areas of the adoption process can appear complicated and foreign for birth parents. We also understand that you would not feel comfortable putting your child up for adoption without first understanding fully how the Missouri adoption process works. Luckily, our team of adoption experts is here to answer any and all questions that you may have. Here are a few answers to the three most common questions that our agency receives from birth parents like yourself:

  1. “Why should I choose to work with Adoption Choices of Missouri?”

Adoption Choices of Missouri is committed to providing every birth family with a safe, straightforward, and comfortable adoption process. Our staff of adoption specialists has spent years practicing local adoption and has become well versed in adoption practices. In addition, every member of our team is an authority in Missouri adoption laws. From the womb to their childhood room, Adoption Choices of Missouri will see you and your child through every step of the adoption process. We offer around-the-clock support to guarantee that your questions are answered, and your needs are met. Together, we can create the best possible tomorrow for your family. 

  1. “What is the difference between “open,” “semi-open,” and “closed” adoptions, and which do you offer?”

In your adoption research, you may have come across the terms “open,” “semi-open,” and “closed” in reference to the types of adoptions you can choose from. All three are options that can be discussed with both Adoption Choices of Missouri and the chosen adoptive parents before placement occurs. Basically, each of the three choices refers to the amount of communication you will have with your child and their adoptive family once they are placed.

With open adoption, you will have contact with your child and their adoptive parents throughout and after the adoption. This means that you will get to be a part of their lives and watch them grow up, even if they are not under your care. In an open adoption, the birth and adoptive parents create a legally binding document that lists how frequently and what form they wish to communicate. Popular contact options include, but are not limited to, photos, letters, emails, video chat, phone calls, or in-person meetings. In most cases, open adoption allows the child to have an easier time accepting their adoptive past. An open adoption is a great way to get to know your child as they develop and allow them to get to know you.

In a semi-open adoption, the birth parents wish to receive updates about their child without blending their life with theirs. With this option, the birth parents are able to remain a bit more private in their adoption proceedings. If you chose a semi-open adoption, Adoption Choices of Missouri would be responsible for mediating any contact between the two families. An example of how this might work is an adoptive family sending a picture of the child to our agency, which is then privately passed on to the birth parents, with no details given to the child or adoptive parent.

In a closed adoption, there is no ongoing communication between the birth and adoptive parents. In other words, after the child is placed, everything is confidential. When a closed adoption is in place, the birth parents will receive no updates regarding their child or new family. This option is best for birth parents looking to create a future that does not involve their child in any way.

In regards to which of the above types of adoption Adoption Choices of Missouri offers, the answer is all of them! We are proud to allow birth and adoptive families to choose the adoption that is right for them. There is no one type of adoption that is better than the other. It is all dependent on your preferences and needs. No matter which option you go with, Adoption Choices of Missouri will be there every step of the way to support your decision and make sure the adoption goes as planned.

  1. “ How will you help me find the right adoptive family for my child?”

When deciding to place your child up for adoption, one of the most important factors is who you will give them to. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we want to make the adoptive family selection process as simple as possible with our parent profiles. Each family profile contains photos of the adoptive parents and their home, a method of contact, and a description of their story and interests. Some profiles even discuss the personalities of any current children they may have. It is an opportunity for the adoptive parents to truly showcase their road to adoption and the love that they will bring to a child. It also allows you to pick the family that is right for you and your baby. To get started examining family profiles, visit our Waiting Families page.

Once you have chosen the adoptive family that you think will be the best fit for your adoption needs, Adoption Choices of Missouri will take care of the rest. We will give you both the tools you need to communicate and connect so that you may become comfortable with each other. Once that relationship is built, it will continue to mediate any further discussions and logistics needed to carry out the adoption process. We will not rest until you have found the ideal adoptive family.

Reaching Out To Adoption Choices of Missouri

Although these are only a few answers to the most common questions we come across, we understand that you may still have more. For any specific inquiries, You can always reach us via call, text, or email. Any of the counselors you reach will be able to provide you the guidance and answers needed to start your adoption journey. So, don’t wait! A few clicks or calls are all that stand between you and a brighter future.

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 816-527-9800

PeterMeet the Author: Peter is a writer and editor based in New York. Currently studying at Binghamton University, Peter is majoring in English Literature and Rhetoric. Whether working with Marketing Choices or the mental health blog, Runaway, Peter seeks to provide comfort and warmth to those around him through his writing. A huge advocate for change, Peter looks to promote adoption, mental health awareness, disability awareness, and environmental improvement. Forever looking to make meaningful connections, Peter can be found with a group of friends or going on walks and waving to anyone he passes.

 

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Placing A Baby For Adoption At 16 Weeks Pregnant

Placing A Baby For Adoption At 16 Weeks Pregnant

Unwanted, unplanned pregnancy, and unexpected pregnancies can happen to anyone at any time. Knowing early on in your pregnancy that you want to place your child for adoption can be a blessing. The Missouri adoption process can take some time, and it’s great to have everything in place prior to giving birth. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we can offer assistance in planning and finding the right adoptive family. Additionally, we can give you information regarding financial assistance and government programs that can help with medical expenses relating to your pregnancy. 

Missouri Adoption Agencies and Their Roles

Adoption agencies provide a substantial and varied amount of services to pregnant women and birth mothers. In addition, to support during the adoption process, we are a wealth of information! From counseling to financial support to temporary housing, adoption agencies are able to help in all different manners in relation to the adoption process. After placement, adoption agencies can remain as a liaison for communication between yourself and the adoptive family if a semi-open adoption is put in place. Resources for counseling after placement can be found through adoption agencies as well. 

Support during pregnancy, in general, is important for your mental health. If you don’t have support during both pregnancy and the adoption process, it can be particularly hard emotionally. Adoption professionals create a strong framework of support for pregnant women to ensure their emotional and physical health as well as their unborn child’s health. 

The Adoption Process in Missouri

When you begin your adoption in Missouri, you’ll meet with an adoption professional to discuss the various facets of all requirements in Missouri. There are situations where the biological father may have to consent to the adoption, but if he is not in the picture or poses a threat, your adoption professional can help you gather information for a judge to rule it unnecessary. Once the adoption is cleared, you will be able to start formulating your adoption plan.

Adoption plans include the adoptive family, the type of adoption, and the birth plan. Deciding which type of adoption you want typically comes first. There are some families only interested in a specific type, such as closed. By weeding out families that do not match what type of adoption you’re looking for off the bat, it’ll make it easier to hone in on families that meet your requirements. Choosing adoption early on in your pregnancy offers up time for you to really think about what you want your child’s future to look like. As the birth mother, you have complete control over who is going to adopt your baby. 

Adoptive family interviews are conducted via skype, over the phone, or in-person, depending on your comfort. Some families make parent books to help you get a sense of who they are prior to interviews. These books can include photos, letters, family trees, and anything else they feel is personal and important for you to know. This can help give you a visual and tangible picture of what your child’s life may be like with a specific family. 

MO Adoption Plans For Placement

When you create a birth plan, you will be able to decide if you want time with your baby after he or she is born if you want the adoptive family in with you, and any other detail you can think of. Some women choose to spend time with both before giving their child to their adoptive family, and others allow the family to begin care in the hospital. The decision is completely up to you. In Missouri, you legally have to wait thirty days to sign away parental rights even with an adoption plan in place. The adoption agency generally gives the adoptive family custody of the child until the form is finalized. This also gives birth mothers a month to change their minds about the adoption altogether. 

Choosing Adoption In Early Pregnancy

Have you decided to put your baby up for adoption early on in your pregnancy? It’s not too early to start planning. Contact us at Adoption Choices of Missouri for more information and help in planning your adoption. We can offer you a variety of services during and after placement. We’re here to answer any and all questions as best we can! Let us guide you through this complicated time with professionalism, empathy, and care. You want what is best for your child, and we want what is best for both of 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 816-527-9800

Meet the Author: Amanda

 

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10 of the Best Gift Ideas for a Premier Adoption with the Adoptive Parents in Missouri

10 of the Best Gift Ideas for a Premier Adoption with the Adoptive Parents in Missouri

When you are placing your child for an adoption in Missouri, whichever adoptive family you choose will be very appreciative of your decision. For the adoptive parents, this is a special moment in their lives because they are able to finally live out their dream of starting a family with your child.

In order for them to be able to commemorate this special moment, you will be able to purchase various items to celebrate the occasion. The adoptive parents will remember this date for years to come because having a child of their own to take care of will transform their lives forever.

We have compiled a list of 10 great gift ideas you can give to your child’s adoptive parents to cherish this special occasion for your baby. Your child’s adoptive family will be appreciative of the gift you give to them.

Our adoption agency in Missouri, Adoption Choices of Missouri, is here to help. We will provide you with support and care because we want you to be positive and happy with your gift to your child’s adoptive family.

  1. A Personalized Stuffed Animal

With a loving message attached to it on its chest, your child’s adoption date can be etched into it so it will be remembered forever. Your child will know how much their adoptive parents truly love them.

You will be able to put any words you want on it and customize it as much as you want to make it your own for them. If they wanted to, they would be able to pass it down to your child because they will always remember the day they were placed into the loving arms of their adoptive parents.

By seeing this, the adoptive parents will be able to recollect the exact date and time of that special moment.

  1. Keychain with Official Adoption Date of Your Baby’s adoption in Missouri

With this, they will be able to wear it anywhere they go, and it will remind them of that special day.

They will be able to also add various other charms as well to make their keychain as special as possible. They can add the adoption symbol, as well as the name of their newly adopted child.

  1. A Commemorative Plaque with All Family Members Names on It

Your child’s adoptive family will be able to have this as a keepsake because this shows the bond between your child and the adoptive family.

This gift helps symbolize the unity and togetherness that is created between your child and their adoptive parents.

They love your child very much and will do anything for him or her at a moment’s notice. They are their priority, and the adoptive parents care about them with all of their hearts.

  1. A Family Tree Wood Frame 

This gift is a wonderful idea because it symbolizes not only the lineage of the adoptive parents but of the new lineage your child will create.

With the tree branches being interconnected with one another, this shows how much of a strong bond is shared between all members of your child’s new adoptive family. Your child’s connection with their adoptive family is important for his or her upbringing.

This bond that is created between your child and their adoptive parents will be remembered for years.

  1. A Plaque Timeline of Your Child Adoption in Missouri

This is another great gift because it shares the exact moments that lead up to your child’s adoption.

It is a very special time in their life because their dream of becoming a family became a reality when they were gifted with your child.

They will be reminded of your selfless act because, without you, none of this would be possible.

  1. A Necklace with the Date of the Adoption for My Baby

It is another reminder of the special day when your child started their new life with their adoptive family.

They will be able to recollect the day as if it were yesterday because all of the details will flow right back to them.

You will be happy about this because you will remember the day you gave your child a chance to live a better life with their adoptive family.

  1. A Personalized Family Portrait

This is a special gift because it depicts all members of your child’s adoptive family with your child.

This shows the unity between your child and their adoptive family. The portrait can be hung anywhere in their home.

They will notice the sense of togetherness within it because they are a complete family now.

  1. An Adoption Symbol Charm of Your Child’s Adoption in Missouri

This gift will remind them that wherever they go, their child will always be with them.

This is very special because it will display your child’s name, day, and time of their adoption on the charm. That moment will be kept in the adoptive family’s memory bank forever.

Your child’s adoptive parents will love and care for your child forever.

  1. Family Isn’t Always Blood Sign

This sentimental gift is interesting because the meaning behind this saying is of love, acceptance and a strong depiction of what being an adoptive parent is all about. It talks about how even though your child and the adoptive family are not blood-related, it does not matter. They will accept your child for who they are.

They will fully embrace your child with open arms and will give them all of the love and attention they deserve. They are their pride and joy no matter what.

  1. Etched in Name Cuff of Your Baby’s Missouri Adoption

Finally, this gift is great because the adoptive mother will carry this with her wherever she goes, and she will be able to wear it all of the time. She will be able to celebrate your gift every day of her life.

When your child gets older, their adoptive parents can hand this down to them to remind them of that special day too. You have your child’s best interest in mind, and as a result, they will be appreciative of your decision.

After I Put My Baby Up for Adoption with An Adoptive Family, a Housewarming Gift is Appreciated

To help make your child feel more comfortable about their adoption, by giving a loving gift that is inclusive of them, and their adoptive family is perfect. By giving a gift to the adoptive parents, you will be able to thank them for their loving decision to raise and take care of your child for you.

If you live in Missouri and are looking for an adoption agency near you, do not hesitate to come to our adoption agencies. If you either have questions or need guidance with your Missouri adoption process, we will be here for you. Adoption Choices of Missouri will always be open for you and are close by if you are thinking about putting your baby up for adoption.

 

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 816-527-9800

Meet the Author: Andrew William Orihuela is a bilingual graduating senior from Hofstra University who loves writing and helping others. He can be found working in the kitchen as well. Helping others and journalism have always been strong passions of his since he was young. As a hard-working college student, Andrew has spent his last four years writing and gaining experience within the journalism field, producing works for both print and broadcast journalism. He gained recognition for his latest works becoming a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communications National Honor Society in 2018. He also gained experience in writing for broadcast television and radio from creating news and sports story packages.

From working in sports and news radio, he helped his award-winning college radio station, WRHU Radio Hofstra University, to become a three-time National Association of Broadcasters Marconi award-winning station within the United States in 2019, which is given to the best college station in the country.

When he is not writing stories, Andrew enjoys cooking, helping around the house, going for walks, working out, watching sports on television and relaxing with his family and pets. He lives in New Jersey with his Mom and his extended family.

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When Is The Right Time To Choose Adoption?

When Is The Right Time To Choose Adoption?

There is no right or wrong time to choose adoption. You decide what is best for your child both before and after their birth. You can decide to go with adoption at the beginning of your unplanned pregnancy or in the hospital after your child is born. You and only you can decide what is right for your child and if you do decide to go with adoption, here at Adoption Choices of Missouri are ready to help you on your journey.

Late Adoption Process In Missouri

Last-minute adoptions are never truly last minute, and we are more than happy to help. Whether you decide to go with the Missouri adoption process while you are on your way to the hospital, in the hospital, or after your child is born, we are here to help you on your journey. Now you will go through the same process as if you choose adoption at the beginning of your pregnancy. The only difference is that the process will be sped up compared to the normal process.

The first step of this process is contacting us! You can do this via text, phone call, email, or live chat. Once you get in contact with us, one of our adoption specialists will help you get your adoption process and plan started. You can find us by searching “adoption agencies in Missouri.”

The next step is deciding on an adoption family that you think is best for your child. We will send you some information and profiles of some adoptive families for you to look at and choose from. You can also choose to have us pick an adoptive family for you.

The third step of the process is working out all the details. One of our adoption professionals will go over all of the Missouri adoption plans. This includes any financial aid and support you need after the adoption to help you move forward. The other details included in this step are the type of adoption you wish to choose, also the post-placement communication you wish to have with the adoptive family and child.

Once these steps are completed, the last and final step is just finalizing your adoption.

It Is Never Too Late to Begin the Adoption Process

Here at Adoption Choices of Missouri, we know that going through an unexpected pregnancy is emotionally and a scary situation. We know that you are going to do what you think is best for your child. Again it is never too late to choose adoption. We are here for you, and our staff is ready to help you through your adoption journey. Whether you decide to go with the adoption process when you first learn of your unexpected pregnancy while you are driving to the hospital, in the hospital, or your back home with your child. Our staff is prepared to support you and give you guidance through your adoption journey. When searching for “adoption in Missouri ” or “Adoption centers near me,” keep an eye out for us here at Adoption Choices of Missouri. We are more than ready to help and be there for 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 816-527-9800

NickolasMeet the Author: Nickolas Cooney is a senior at Arizona State University working through his final semester to get his bachelor’s degree in Sports Journalism. Nick also attended the University of Alabama for his first year and a half of college when he was a biology major. He decided to move back to Arizona and transfer to ASU when he changed his major because he saw more opportunities at the Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Since transferring to ASU, Nick has been a reporter for the AIA in Arizona for a semester and worked with the Phoenix Suns and Rising for stories.

While writing about sports and creating content about sports is Nick’s passion. He also is very passionate about playing sports as well. He grew up playing baseball, basketball, and racing motocross. Nick still does his best to ride and race motocross when he has time, but he has been focusing on his schooling and another one of his passions, gaming. Nick is an avid gamer, and he is even a streamer on Twitch. He has built up a fan base to be a part of the Twitch Affiliate program.

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How Adoption Agencies in Missouri are Handling the Adoption Process During Covid-19

How Adoption Agencies in Missouri are Handling the Adoption Process During Covid-19

The news of an unplanned pregnancy is scary enough, but this news coming during a global pandemic is even more anxiety filling. We understand how you are feeling. This past year has been a scary time for many, but for birth mothers who can’t handle a child right now is scary. We know that many people have been furloughed this past year due to the pandemic, so we understand your worries about being able to afford your child, so adoption may be the best option for you during this time. It also just might not be the best time mentally for you due to how much the quarantined year has affected many people’s mental health. That is okay if you aren’t in a place to raise a child. Some potential adoptive parents would love to adopt your child. We are not stopping! We are still here for birth mothers like you. If you are unexpectedly pregnant/have an unplanned pregnancy and want to put your baby up for adoption in Missouri, we are still here 24/7 at Adoption Choices of Missouri. A global pandemic will not stop us from giving you the service that you need to begin the adoption process during COVID-19.

The Adoption Process is Still the Same in Missouri

You can still make an adoption plan with us here at Adoption Choices of Missouri. We will just be from afar through screens or six feet apart with masks on. Whichever way you feel more comfortable. If you become unexpectedly pregnant during the Covid-19 pandemic and decide adoption is the best choice for you, we are not stopping our services.

You will still be able to connect with an adoption professional, create an adoption plan filled with which type of adoption you want, go through the database of adoptive families and choose the best ones to raise your child, and create a hospital and delivery plan. Everything a part of your types of adoption is the same even during this global pandemic.

When connecting with the adoptive parents, you will be able to from afar, either from a zoom call to just a text. You will still have access to this communication, which we know is important to you. You will also still have communication with your adoptive caseworker whenever you need it. We know how important support is for you when you need unplanned pregnancy help.

You Will Still Get to Choose Your Delivery Plan as a Birth Mother

Your hospital experience may be different, but we will still be there through every step of the planning process of your delivery day. We know how important your delivery date is to you and we want you to have a smooth day. You can still deliver your baby at the hospital. The doctors and caretakers there will keep everything safe during your labor and delivery. It is still safe to be at a hospital to deliver your baby because the doctors are taking good care of their patients more than ever now to keep everyone safe, especially pregnant women.

You will still be able to choose exactly what you want for your delivery. If you want to have a natural birth, you can choose that, but if a c section is better for yourself and your body, you can choose that instead! This pandemic doesn’t restrict your choices as a pregnant woman and birth mother in Missouri. Unfortunately, visitors may be restricted to increase safety for the birth mother and the baby. This can include the birth father in some parts of the state. We completely understand how frustrating this seems because all you want is that support with you throughout the entire experience even if it’s just a friend. Ask your healthcare provider to see all of the hospital restrictions that are in effect at the time of your delivery. This could affect your entire delivery day in a good or bad way, so understanding the restrictions sooner than later could be in your best interest.

If you need us for support to talk about your frustrations or talk about your worries because of the hospital restrictions, we are here for you 24/7. Connect with one of our adoption caseworkers and find out what the best plan is for you and tell us how you are feeling.

Adoptive Family Traveling to Get Your Baby

You might be wondering how the adoptive family will get your baby after his or her birth. This is all based on being as safe as possible. Travel restrictions are high due to the pandemic, so if the adoptive parents don’t live locally, this could be challenging, but your adoption caseworker will make sure that everything is done safely.

Connect with an adoption caseworker and once you get to the step of choosing your child’s adoptive parents, the decision will be made safely then. Your adoption caseworker will make sure that everything works out even with all of the travel restrictions, especially if the adoptive parents live across the state and it would be easier for them to fly to you.

This could also be a struggle because you may want to meet the adoptive parents in person at the hospital before you give them your baby. Ask your adoption caseworker and he or she may be able to plan this with safety during the Covid-19 pandemic in mind. This may be different than you envisioned, but we will do everything to try and make it all work out. We want to give you everything you want during your adoption process.

We are Still Here in Missouri to Help with Your Adoption Process

We are still here 24/7 for you. We have not stopped our services because we know that birth mothers’ needs do not stop. We know that there is nothing more worrisome than support not being available to birth mothers like you who are going through a traumatic time. Contact us here at Adoption Choices of Missouri at any time and we will be right by your side during this 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 816-527-9800

Molly Allington

Meet the Author: Molly Allington is an aspiring author born and raised in Syracuse, New York. When she’s not watching her latest Netflix obsession, you can find her nose deep in a book or in her writing. She has been writing books since she was twelve and is in the process of trying to get her finished books published. Molly has a BA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. With her writing, she is hoping to share supportive information and help as many people as possible. Once she starts her own family, she is wanting to adopt.

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Is There a Time Limit For Choosing to Give My Baby Up For Adoption in MO?

Is There a Time Limit For Choosing to Give My Baby Up For Adoption in MO?

When a birth mother has an unplanned pregnancy, her first thought is not always adoption. As a birth mother, you could be having thoughts of keeping your baby at the beginning of your pregnancy. Not every adoption story started with the choice of adoption right away. You could have a sudden change in thought. That is okay! You are not in any rush to decide that adoption is the best choice for you. It may take you a few weeks, even months, to make the decision to give your baby up for adoption in MO, for yourself and your child. You can start your adoption process at any time, at your own pace.

Here at Adoption Choices of Missouri, we want to be the support system you need. If you decide that adoption is the best option for you on day 20 or even week 20, we are here for you! Pregnancy, let alone an unplanned pregnancy, can cause so many emotions and just be very overwhelming for you. We are here for you 24/7 if you need anybody to talk to. Birth mothers are our main priority, and we don’t want you to feel alone because you are not alone.

You Just Found Out You Are Unexpectedly Pregnant

Finding out you have an unplanned pregnancy is scary. You didn’t see this coming, and you could be having so many worried thoughts. Do you keep the baby and raise them yourself, get an abortion, or give your baby up for adoption in MO? There are choices for you, but you may already have your mind made up about adoption in Missouri as soon as you hear the news.

This may be an ideal time to choose adoption, but it is okay if it isn’t for you! At this stage of the pregnancy, you are only 4-6 weeks, and you may have just officially found out after taking a pregnancy test. Choosing adoption at this point during your pregnancy, you can take the adoption process slow. You have almost nine months to figure out exactly what you want for your child.

Many birth mothers choose adoption right away due to many unforeseen circumstances in their life. This is an easy decision for many, but it’s okay if it’s not for you. That’s why we are here to be your support team and to help you figure out what you want for your life. Adoption is such a selfless and brave act, so we want to help birth mothers get exactly what they want.

I’m Halfway Through My Pregnancy, Can I Still Choose to Give My Baby for Adoption in MO?

If you are 4-5 months pregnant, at the halfway point, you can still choose adoption! You can make your decision on adoption any day of your pregnancy. You could have been going through your pregnancy for the first four months having the mindset of raising your baby, but then one day or over a period of a week or a month started thinking that that might not be the best idea for you.

At this point of the pregnancy, abortion may be out of the picture for you as well, in case you had that option among adoption in your head. You are 20-24 weeks pregnant at this stage, meaning that in many states, you can not have an abortion past 20 weeks unless you have a rare case for medical reasons that could harm you or the baby. If you are to this point and are physically well enough to give birth to your baby in the end, adoption may be the best choice for you if you don’t feel as if you can keep your child.

You are 7 Months Can You Still Give Your Baby for Adoption in MO?

When you are near the cusp of giving birth, you are probably getting ready to bring your baby home and already have some baby necessities, including clothes, toys, food, a crib, changing table, and anything else you could think of. But when you are starting to feel thoughts of doubt, you may not want to buy all of these products for your baby because you may feel as if giving your baby up for adoption is a better option for you and your baby. You may not even have any of the baby necessities yet, and this may be a sign that you have been having second thoughts for a while.

You can choose adoption when you are at this point of the pregnancy. It is okay if you don’t want to, or you feel as if you can’t raise your child as best you can. We know that you want to give them the life they deserve, which may be given to them by adoptive parents instead. Choosing adoption in Missouri at this point will give you about two months to go through the adoption process.

You can contact one of our adoption caseworkers at any time during your pregnancy. There is no specific time that you have to do so. It is all at your pace, and you can choose the best time for you to contact us. With two months until you meet your baby, you can choose adoption with us here at Adoption Choices of Missouri.

9 Months Pregnant and Choosing Adoption in MO

If you are one month away from meeting your baby and decide that this isn’t the best for your life, you can choose adoption! There is no time limit during your pregnancy. Although choosing adoption this late may rush the process. You will still be able to go through everything the same way you would have if you chose during the first month of your unplanned pregnancy.

You might be worried that you won’t have time to finish your Missouri adoption plan and find adoptive parents to adopt your child, but there are always so many couples who are wanting to adopt, so you have nothing to worry about. Your adoption caseworker whom you connect with will help you through the entire Missouri adoption process and help it move smoothly. We are prepared for any birth mother to contact us and choose adoption during any point of her pregnancy. We are prepared for your unique adoption plan to start, even if it needs to be complete within a month.

Connect With a Missouri Adoption Caseworker to See Your Options

If you are unexpectantly pregnant, no matter what day or week, and decide that adoption is the best for you and your baby, contact us! There is no time limit. We are here to help you through this hard decision because we don’t want you to be worried. We understand how anxious you may be feeling due to this unexpected pregnancy, but here at Adoption Choices of Missouri, we have great adoption caseworkers who have seen every kind of adoption process. We want to help you with yours.

We will be here for you whenever you decide that adoption could be the best choice for you. It doesn’t matter if you are four weeks pregnant or if you are 36 weeks pregnant. You can choose adoption with us anytime!

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 816-527-9800

 

Molly Allington

Meet the Author: Molly Allington is an aspiring author born and raised in Syracuse, New York. When she’s not watching her latest Netflix obsession, you can find her nose deep in a book or in her writing. She has been writing books since she was twelve and is in the process of trying to get her finished books published. Molly has a BA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. With her writing, she is hoping to share supportive information and help as many people as possible. Once she starts her own family, she is wanting to adopt.

 

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Placing Your Disabled Baby for Adoption in Missouri

Placing Your Disabled Baby for Adoption in Missouri

What is the adoption process like when placing a disabled baby for adoption in Missouri ? What do I need to know? How will my child be taken care of? Adoption agencies in Missouri will be able to answer these questions and much more. You will discover your needs and wants when you form an adoption plan and also a birth plan. Your adoption caseworker and birth parent counselor will be there to guide you throughout the entire process because we understand that placing your baby for adoption is not an easy thing to do.

If you need unplanned pregnancy help, then we will be able to provide that for you. There will be adoptive families who will adopt your disabled baby in Missouri, and we will make sure that giving your baby up for adoption is a good experience where you will be cared for. We want to make sure that you do not worry during the adoption process, and we are here to answer all of your questions.

Which Children Can be Placed for Adoption in Missouri?

The children that can be placed for adoption at Adoption Choices of Missouri are limitless. The only barrier to adoption would be financial assistance. However, any adoptive family that adopts your baby will be ready to provide for your child’s needs. This includes the school district, their medical needs, insurance, and emotional support. Your child will be placed in a family that will be ready to care for them properly and to ensure that they grow up in a loving home.

When discussing your adoption plan with your adoption caseworker, you will have many adoptive family profiles placed before you, and the adoptive family will offer your child a home. The decision you will make will be based on your ideas about the adoptive family you envision raising your child.

The Different Types of Adoptive Families

There are many different types of adoptive families, and these include LGBTQ+ adoptive families, transracial adoptive families, single-parent households, and heterosexual/traditional adoptive families. All of these adoptive family types have benefits, and depending on what you speak to your adoption caseworker about, you will come to a decision about which family type is the best fit for your child. This also ties in with the different forms of adoption in Missouri, such as semi-open, open, and closed adoption.

Each form of adoption and each type of adoption will be able to suit your needs according to the future that you envision for you and your child. Your birth parent counselor will also be with you for support during the adoption process as part of your adoption team. You have our adoption agency’s support.

The Challenges of Raising a Disabled Child

As a birth mother, you may be concerned about how the adoptive family will raise your child, but anyone that adopts your child will be and must be ready for everything. This includes the challenges. We do not want you to worry during the adoption process, so when you are going through the adoptive parent profiles, Adoption Choices of Missouri will make sure that no matter what adoption type you choose, your child will have adoptive parents that will be their support system.

We are here to provide you with your needs and your wants, and we want you to know that your birth parent counselor will be able to provide you with emotional needs as well. We want to take care of you and ensure that you know that you have a support system that is here for you throughout your adoption journey.

We want to quash any worries you may have by providing you with help during the adoption process. We do not want you to be confused about anything, and you will have access to as much information as you will need.

Will You Choose Adoption Choices to Place Your Disabled Baby for Adoption in Missouri?

Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help you and to provide you with all the information that you need to have a successful adoption journey. Your adoption team will be there to guide you through the process and to ensure that you are happy with al your options and your choices.

If you would like to visit the Adoption Choices of Missouri web page, more information is there about the adoption process and how to begin. We are so ready to help you and to support you. We hope to see you very soon!

Meet the author: Victoria Fatiregun is a sophomore student at West Texas A&M University studying English. She has been writing blog posts for two years on her professional site that covers stories based around film and TV. Occasionally, Victoria also discusses elements of philosophy through poetic material, which is helping her to become a self-published author. 

Victoria writes primarily about fiction, but dabbles in nonfiction too — specifically anything that has to do with social novels based in the Victorian era — and uses writing to understand the world around her. She self-published a nonfiction philosophy and lifestyle novel that she wrote to help others cope with life’s stresses. All of her interests and experiences come through her writing, and helps her focus, bring out central ideas and remain consistent. She hopes her works will aid society in the path towards altruism.

 

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