Adoption Support Through the Holidays
By Staren Henry
For many birth mothers, adoption is an overwhelming and tiring process, especially for a birth mother experiencing an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. Add in the holidays, a time that is stressful for many people, and you might head towards full-on panic. It is normal to feel overwhelmed by the emotional decisions that come with placing your baby for adoption in Oklahoma. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone and to take things one step at a time. Our mission is to give you the information and assistance necessary to find a loving family for your baby. Learn why so many expectant mothers work with Adoption Choices of Oklahoma.
The General OK Adoption Process
We help make an adoption plan for your baby’s adoption, which covers all the resources you need to help you place your baby for adoption. You plan and choose the family, and we will handle the adoption details for you. However, you are in control of your adoption plan, and we will not pressure you to make any decisions. There are several adoption types for birth mothers to choose from depending on how much contact they want to maintain with their baby and adoptive family.
- Open adoption – the birth mother, child, and adoptive family stay in contact throughout pregnancy, birth, and post-placement.
- Closed adoption – the birth mother, child, and adoptive family never meet or share personal information.
- Semi-open adoption – somewhere in between the two, with a minimal exchange of personal information.
Do not worry about money during the adoption process, as putting your child up for adoption is free. We have many loving pre-screened families for birth mothers to choose from. There is always a loving family ready and waiting to adopt your baby.
Holiday Adoption in Oklahoma
If you’re anxious about adoption during the holiday season, Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is here to help. We want to help you understand your options and create an adoption plan even during the holiday season. We are open to assisting you year-round. Your birth and adoption plans can still be set into motion during the holidays.
Do not feel rushed. Take us much time as you need to pursue adoption throughout the holidays. It is still possible to put your baby up for adoption after birth with the help of our legal counselors. All you need to do is rest and contact our adoption agency. Leave the paperwork to us!
Finding Support During the Holidays
There are many avenues to find support as a pregnant mother considering adoption during the holidays. Here are 3 ways to find adoption support:
1. Contact Your Child’s Adoptive Family
If you choose an open adoption, you could contact your child and their adoptive family for some comfort and reassurance. It can be helpful to see firsthand that your child is happy and in a loving environment.
2. Lean on Friends or Family
When feeling stressed or emotional, you can always turn to your friends and family for support. Their comfort and counsel can be helpful, especially during the holidays. If in-person visits aren’t an option, you can also try to set up ZOOM calls.
If you have not yet put your child up for adoption, consider adding religion as a criterion for selecting your child’s adoptive family. This may make you feel more comfortable knowing what holidays they celebrate.
3. Ask Your Adoption Caseworker for Help
When experiencing tough emotional times as an expecting mother or birthmother, you can always reach out to your adoption case worker. They will do whatever they can to support and comfort you during your struggles.
Here are 3 more ways to find support:
4. Consider Support Groups
At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, there are various different group safe spaces for birth mothers. You can share your stories and connect with others there. A support group could help during the holidays when you might be experiencing extra strong emotions. Consider taking the time to find a local support group that fits your needs.
5. Read Stories by Other Birth Mothers
Sharing your personal feelings with others can be intimidating. Another way to connect with other birth mothers is by reading their stories. Literature may help you find support and reassurance right from the comfort of your own home. Through reading these, you may find yourself really relating to the birth mothers and even learning from their journeys. They can also help you to feel less alone, knowing that many other women have had similar experiences.
6. Rely on Your Adoption Agency
Remember, Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is open throughout the holidays. We are more than happy to help in any way that we can, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed.
Adoption Agencies in Oklahoma Can Help!
If you are feeling depressed during the holidays, remember that you can still receive counseling at any time from our Adoption agencies. Anxiety, depression, and listlessness will not just disappear because it’s the holiday season. Our therapy sessions are completely free. Do not let the fear of monetary costs deter you from seeking help. These sessions are completely confidential and may offer you more support and comfort in navigating the adoption process.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency licensed by the state of Oklahoma and a leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive families in Oklahoma for over 19 years. Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized adoption experience to all involved in the adoption process. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.