The Top 5 Questions for Birth Mothers to Ask our Adoption Agency in Missouri
Adoption is a difficult road to navigate. If this is your first time looking into adoption and figuring out your way, there are most certainly a ton of questions that you will probably have. Never fear! Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help you with the questions to ask our adoption agency.
- Why should I work with Adoption Choices of Missouri?
Our agency offers many great resources! These include, but are not limited to, court-approved birth mother expenses such as: financial assistance, medical care, temporary housing and transportation. Once you are assigned with an adoption caseworker, they will help assess your circumstances and see what you qualify for.
As a birth mother with our agency, you will also have access to our free, private and confidential counseling services, which extends to the birth father and any other family members who are interested in speaking to someone as well. Throughout your adoption journey, you will be treated with the utmost respect and have a team of compassionate, specialized adoption professionals to help you in any way you can. Our goal is to provide the most positive and empowering experience possible for you and your child.
- How much does it cost to place my baby for adoption?
Good news! If you choose to work with our agency, placing your baby for adoption comes at no cost to you.
- What types of adoptions do you do?
We offer three different types of adoption: open, semi-open and closed. Each of these have their own pros and cons, so be sure to consult with your adoption caseworker to learn more. They will happily answer all your questions and address any concerns you have regarding what each type entails.
Our agency encourages and specializes in open adoptions, as we believe that this particular type keeps the best interests of all the members in the adoption triad at heart. However, we understand that each and every birth mother is unique and has her own story. Thus, the other two options are available, so that you can customize your adoption journey to what’s best for you and your child.
- Will I get to choose my child’s adoptive parents?
Yes! As a birth mother, you have full control over your adoption journey. Your adoption caseworker will help you create an adoption plan and give guidance whenever you need it. Selecting your child’s adoptive parents is part of this process.
After you have determined what kind of life you’d like your child to have, and the level of openness you want with both your child and your child’s adoptive parents, your adoption caseworker will provide you with profile photo books, detailing information about who they are and what opportunities they can offer your son or daughter.
- What happens after the adoption is finalized?
Depending on the adoption agreement you have made with your child’s adoptive parents, you can maintain contact with your child through virtual resources, such as ZOOM, FaceTime or Skype, or you can meet in person. Also, if you have gotten to know your child’s adoptive parents throughout the adoption journey, you can continue to build a strong and healthy relationship with them.
In addition, you can still speak with one of our adoption counselors to help you healthfully grieve and move forward. Many birth mothers need some time right to process after the adoption has been finalized, and that’s completely natural. There’s no need for you to feel like you need to rush anything. You are in control of your adoption journey and are allowed to do whatever you feel is best for you after leaving the hospital.
Questions to Ask our Adoption Agency
Choosing to place your baby for adoption can feel like a scary and overwhelming decision. But, it’s not one that you need to make alone. Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help. We will do everything we can to ensure that you receive the encouragement, comfort and support that you need and deserve. Please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have about getting started on your adoption journey.
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