A Guide For Life After Adoption
By Alexis Watson
You’ve been considering adoption for your child and have decided to move forward with the adoption process. You met with our counselors at Adoption Choices of Missouri after researching adoption in Missouri. You told us about your unplanned pregnancy and your interest in adoption. We’ve guided you through the adoption process, helped you create an adoption plan and we finalized the adoption. Now what? You may be feeling a flux of emotions. You might be feeling a sense of happiness as you’ve secured the future for your child. You might also be feeling a sense of guilt as you might second guess if you’ve made the right decision. Both of those feelings, and everything in between, are normal. You are trying to navigate your life and emotions post-adoption. Our adoption experts at Adoption Choices of Missouri are here to help you manage life after adoption.
You Finalized Your Adoption, But Aren’t Sure How You Feel
It is important that our birth mothers feel empowered after going through the life-altering adoption process. It is normal to be unable to clearly articulate your emotions once the adoption papers are signed and everything is finalized. You’ve decided you are giving child up for adoption, and now the process is done. You might be feeling a sense of emptiness. For the last several months, your mind has been wrapped around your unplanned pregnancy and the adoption process. You might feel lost you don’t know what to do now that everything is done. You might be having a hard time deciding if you should go back to work or take some time off. You don’t want to act as if you didn’t just go through an emotional process. You also don’t want to rush your healing process. So you’re at an emotional standstill. All of this is normal.
Our birth mother often asks us, “What’s next?”. The first step is getting an understanding of how you feel. It is important to understand what you’re feeling and its impact. Our counselors at Adoption Choices of Missouri create a safe space for our birth mothers to communicate their feelings. We provide continued emotional support through counseling. Adoption in Missouri and beyond is a difficult process. Locating the right adoption agency is stressful. Considering adoption and finalizing adoption are both emotionally taxing processes. From beginning to end, we encourage our birth mothers like yourself to create and practice a self-care routine. We encourage this with the hopes that your self-care routine will become habitual. It is important that you are gentle on yourself throughout the adoption process, especially post-adoption.
Identifying your emotions, speaking with our counselors, and practicing a self-care routine are great coping mechanisms post-adoption. It is important to discover healthy ways to cope with your decision. You shouldn’t feel shame or guilt for deciding to secure a future for your child. You should feel empowered, encouraged, and brave. Adoption is truly a difficult decision to make and you made it. You learned that you are able to handle and make difficult decisions. You should continue to learn new things about yourself. Learn new things such as life skills like gardening or farming. Try new interests such as crocheting, and mountain biking. Explore new ventures like starting the business you’ve been interested in or going to, or back to, school. Your life doesn’t have to stop at adoption.
Parenthood Post Adoption
You might think that you shouldn’t be allowed to have a family post-adoption. You might be questioning your capabilities of loving your future children especially since you’ve placed your child up for adoption. You might feel guilty now that you are considering raising a family. These feelings, thoughts, and questions are very normal. Our birth mothers often contemplate all of the above. As they share their hopes and dreams for the future, our counselors are there listening, guiding and providing support. We encourage our birth mothers to act in their best interests. So if they choose to have a family in the future, we will support their decision. Here at Adoption Choices of Missouri, we are a judgment-free space for both pregnant women and birth mothers. We do not condone or tolerate hate or discrimination in any form.
Just because you have finalized your adoption process does not mean your parental journey is over. Parenthood is just that, a journey and adoption is one of the stops for many.
Adoption does not mean:
- You terminated your ability or choice of wanting to have children in the future.
- Adoption does not mean you have to stop living your life.
Adoption does mean:
- You have the option to make a decision in the best interest of your child.
- You are able to promise your child a future in which you’ve secured.
Adoption is your choice and you should feel confident in making that choice.
If you have an unplanned pregnancy, contemplated adoption, or need additional support during your adoption process, contact us today. Our adoption counselors at Adoption Choices of Missouri are waiting to hear from you.