4 Types of People You Need on Your Missouri Adoption Team
Have you ever tried to complete a difficult task or an emotional journey alone? It can be an alienating feeling and can make something difficult even more challenging. Asking for help and finding the right kind of support makes a world of difference.
If you are an expectant mother who is about to embark on her adoption journey, it is important to surround yourself with positive people who make you feel supported and safe. There are several different types of people you need on your adoption team to make your journey as smooth as possible.
- Adoption Caseworker
Once you have made your decision to move forward with the adoption process, Adoption Choices of Missouri will match you with an adoption caseworker. Your adoption caseworker will be your guide throughout your adoption journey and will be there to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. They will be there from the beginning of your journey all the way through to the end.
- Supportive Friends
Having friends who support your decision can make a huge impact throughout your adoption journey. There are many emotional moments and difficult decisions to be made along the way. A supportive friend can be a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen or someone to share joy with. They can help relieve some of the intense emotions you may experience as well as provide light and laughter when needed. You can even invite one of your friends into the delivery room with you for extra support if you need it.
- Someone Who Understands Your Experience
While having a supportive friend who knows you well and loves you deeply is extremely important, it can also be useful to create connections with birth mothers who have experience with the adoption process. If you don’t personally know anyone who has placed their baby for adoption, no worries! There are so many different support groups available for expectant mothers who are placing their baby for adoption. Try searching for a group in your area and check it out. Remember, you don’t have to keep going if you don’t like it. The goal is to feel as supported and welcomed as possible.
- A Doctor or Midwife
One decision that you will need to make is where you want to deliver your baby. Your adoption caseworker can help you make a choice that reflects your personal preferences and beliefs. As your due date approaches, you will need to select a hospital and a doctor. If you have decided on a home birth, you might want to search for a doula or a midwife with whom you feel a strong connection. Having someone you trust in charge of your delivery can help ease any worries or concerns.
Types of People You Need on Your Adoption Team
Your adoption journey will be filled with many big choices and emotional moments. It is important that your adoption team is well-equipped to provide you with the support that you need throughout your adoption journey. While Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to assist you and provide you with an adoption caseworker, you will also want to create a team that fits your personal needs.
These are just a few types of people you need on your adoption team, but we know that your team will be as individual as you are. Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to provide support in choosing your adoption team so that you can feel confident and safe as you embark upon your adoption 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 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.