4 Steps to After-Delivery Adoption
Sometimes, our personal paths become clearer in the aftermath of a big event. If you are a new mother living in Missouri, it’s not too late to rule out adoption as an available option. Perhaps you have realized that you aren’t ready to parent a child. Maybe you’re experiencing long term financial difficulties that will make it hard to raise your child the way you’d like. No matter your personal reasons, adoption can be a life-changing solution.
At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we welcome birth mothers of all different backgrounds and situations. We are happy to provide you with guidance and education as you begin your adoption journey.
Step 1: Choose Adoption
If you are a new mother and are considering adoption, it is important to think through your decision carefully. At our adoption agency, after delivery adoption is still an option until your child is a toddler. However, it is beneficial for your child to make this choice sooner rather than later. Talk it over with people you trust. Do some research and consider some of the benefits of adoption.
Once you are firm in your decision to place your baby for adoption, your first step will be to reach out to Adoption Choices of Missouri. We will schedule an initial meeting with you. You’ll be paired with an adoption caseworker who will be your support throughout your adoption journey.
Step 2: Select an Adoptive Family
A large part of your adoption process will consist of choosing an adoptive family for your child. You’ll be provided with a large selection of potential adoptive family portfolios. You can select an adoptive family based on factors that are important to you, such as personal beliefs or culture. All of our potential adoptive families are thoroughly vetted and will be able to provide a safe and loving home for your baby.
Step 3: Decide on the Type of Adoption You Want
You will also need to make plans for communication with your child and his or her adoptive family post adoption. There are three types of adoptions to choose from and your adoption caseworker can walk you through each of the options. Keep in mind that the type of adoption you choose will be based on your personal preferences and needs. This means that there is no right or wrong choice, simply different available paths to take.
Step 4: Make Legal Plans for Adoption
The last step in your adoption journey will be to meet with our legal team. Your lawyer and social worker will help you sign over legal custody of your child to his or her adoptive family. This can be a very emotional moment and it can be helpful to talk through your feelings with someone you trust. You can also set up a time to meet with an adoption counselor through the services that we provide throughout your adoption journey, as well as post adoption.
After Delivery Adoption
Our staff at Adoption Choices of Missouri understand that life is complicated. If you are a new mother considering adoption, we are here to answer your questions and start you on your journey.
As much as possible, do try and make the decision to place your child for adoption as soon as you can. This will benefit your baby and allow for a smooth transition into his or her adoptive family. Remember, you are making the choice that is best for you and your baby, and our staff is here to walk you through these big decisions. Your safety and well-being, as well as that of your child, are our top priorities.
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.