Considering Adoption in OK but Don’t Know Where to Start? We Can Help!
By Isabella Chichioco
Many women who have experienced an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy consider placing their baby up for adoption. It is a great alternative when you feel unprepared to parent your baby. However, the adoption process has many complicated steps and factors to consider. It can be a very difficult process to complete on your own. At the Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we have many unique resources and opportunities to assist you throughout this journey.
So What does it Mean to Place your Baby up for Adoption?
When you first start looking up the steps for adoption, people often refer to placing your baby up for adoption as “giving up your baby for adoption.” Although these two terms mean the same thing figuratively, we at the Adoption Choices of Oklahoma try to avoid using the latter term because of the negative connotation. We would like to emphasize that placing your baby up for adoption is in no way giving up.
So How Can Adoption Choices of Oklahoma Help Me with the Adoption Process?
One of the most important ways an adoption agency can help you complete the adoption process is by creating a concise and detailed adoption plan. In short, adoption plans contain a detailed list of everything a birth mother needs to place her baby up for adoption–from choosing an adoption agency, type of adoption, birth family, and finalizing hospital and medical records. If you choose to work with the Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, you will be paired with a birth specialist who will go through the adoption plan step by step. They will help you choose what type of adoption to choose.
There are primarily three main types of adoption: open adoption, closed adoption, and semi-open open adoption. In open adoptions, birth mothers contact their adoptive family before and after birth. Semi-open adoptions, birth mothers have some contact with their adoptive family. Often contact through an intermediary like an adoption agency. In closed adoptions, birth mothers maintain their distance and can have more privacy between her and the adoptive family. This allows for more closure for the birth mother.
More Resources Adoption Agencies Have to Offer
Aside from adoption plans, private adoption agencies have many resources to help you with the adoption process, such as financial and medical support! Our adoption agencies in Oklahoma are here to help you apply for Medicaid and receive the proper medical care. We also can shelter you if you do not have a safe place to stay, if eligible. Lastly, we have caring caseworkers here to support you emotionally and mentally throughout your adoption journey.
If you would like to hear advice and support about your pregnancy from another perspective, we have many birth mother blogs and resources on our website. For instance, we have the list of your bill of rights as a birth mother, so you know what you are entitled to during your pregnancy.
Adopting with Adoption Choices of Oklahoma
Overall, deciding to place your baby up for adoption is a big choice, and private adoption agencies such as the Adoption Choices of Oklahoma are here to support and help you every step. So if you are considering placing your baby for adoption, 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. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.