Prison Adoption Success Story
Every adoption journey can have a successful story. This may seem impossible, but we’ve seen it happen many times! As an agency, we encounter birth mothers from every walk of life and help them all have the most positive and empowering adoption journey possible. From open adoptions to semi-open adoptions, LGBT adoptions to transracial, single parents to homeless birth mothers.
Whatever your situation or circumstance, Adoption Choices of Kansas is here for you! Today, we invite you to look at Beth’s prison adoption success story, an expectant mother facing imprisonment back in 2017 and choose to place her baby for adoption.
Beth knew that placing her baby for adoption was the best decision to make for her baby. This would be her third child, and she wasn’t able to provide him with the life he deserved while she was incarcerated. She wanted her son to grow up in an open adoption and two parent home.
With the help of the prison, she was able to get in touch with an adoption caseworker, who helped Beth through her options and begin her adoption journey. She addressed her preferences and was later matched with an adoptive family who had been searching for two years. They agreed to meet with Beth via video conference, through which she gained their trust and developed a healthy relationship with the prospective couple. They were able to arrange an approved visitation schedule, and Beth kept in touch through letters to both the adoptive family and her caseworker.
What Does this Mean for Me?
It’s extremely important to understand that you have full rights to an adoption while incarcerated. There are programs that can help inform and educate you on your options. Prisons are becoming more and more known for implementing programs that provide you with options or allow you to raise your baby behind bars.
Is a Prison Adoption Success Story Possible for Me?
Of course! Adoption is always an option. You are still able to communicate with our agency, place your baby for adoption and choose adoptive parents. You also have the opportunity to give birth in a nearby hospital. Depending on the reason for your incarceration, however, some details of your adoption journey may vary, but this can all be discussed with your caseworker and prison.
But know, no matter what, adoption is always an available option for you.
Meet the Author: Jason Legasse is a rising senior English major studying at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. He hails from the Albany, New York area, but has plans to relocate to sunny Venice, Florida with his mom come Fall. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Jason plans to study General Special Education at Meredith College, where he will earn a Master’s degree and use that to teach middle school Special Education.
Jason is a self-proclaimed introvert with Asperger’s who really enjoys writing. He has a huge passion for helping others, specifically those with disabilities. He is very excited to be working with Adoption Choices over the summer, and looks forward to learning more about the adoption process!
- Beth’s story: https://www.catholiccharitiesaz.org/blog-categories/foster-care-and-adoption/facing-prison-mom-chooses-adoption