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:
- “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.
- “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.
- “ 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
Meet 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.