Creating an Adoption Plan in Oklahoma during the COVID-19 Pandemic
You have decided to choose adoption for your child, which is a wonderful gift for an adoptive family. Coming to this decision may have required much contemplation on your part. But this is all natural and to be expected! It’s okay to have questions and concerns. You are not alone, and there is support available to help you begin the adoption process.
Now you may be thinking, How do I even begin making plans for the adoption process? You’re in good hands! We understand that making decisions during an unplanned pregnancy can certainly be a stressful time for our birth mothers. That’s why our birth parent counselors are here to help you in any way we can. We will provide all the information and resources you need to help you with creating an adoption plan in Oklahoma.
At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, your birth parent counselor will guide you through the steps of how to create your specialized adoption plan.
What is an Adoption Plan?
An adoption plan includes the details of what you want your adoption journey to look like. These can include, but are not limited to: your birth plan, who you want the adoptive family to be and the amount of contact you want to have with the adoptive family and child after the adoption is finalized.
What All is Included in Creating an Adoption Plan in Oklahoma?
There are many details to consider including in your adoption plan. Thankfully, your birth parent counselor at Adoption Choices of Oklahoma will help you determine what is best for you and your child. They will guide you through the steps and help you customize an adoption plan that fits your needs, wants and preferences for your adoption journey. This, in turn, will give you peace of mind and lessen your stress overall.
Here are some examples of questions you may ask when creating your own specialized adoption plan:
- What are some characteristics that you want the adoptive family to have?
- Is religion, education, diversity or political standing important to you?
- Would you like the adoptive family to have other children?
- Are you looking for adoptive parent(s) who are single or married?
- Do you have a preference for an adoptive family in the LGBTQ+ or transracial communities?
- When it’s time to give birth, do you want the adoptive parent(s) present at the hospital?
- How much time would you like to spend alone with your child after the birth?
- What type of adoption do you want to have in your adoption plan?
Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Impact My Creating an Adoption Plan in Oklahoma?
No, not at all! We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has left many birth mothers wondering if it’s still safe to place their baby for adoption and go through their adoption journey right now. To this, our answer is yes! Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is still open and fully functional. We haven’t shut down and do not plan to. We are adhering closely with the current CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of our employees and clients. This means that social distancing, virtual meeting options and mask wearing measures are in place. However, if you would prefer to meet in person and not wear a mask that is completely up to you. If that is what you are most comfortable with, your adoption caseworker will be more than happy to speak with you face to face to create your adoption plan.
That said, while the COVID-19 pandemic still exists, it won’t have any impact on your creating an adoption plan in Oklahoma.
What if I want to Change My Adoption Plan Later on?
While your adoption plan will outline what you want your adoption journey to look like, it doesn’t have to be set in stone. If you change your mind or want to revise any details later on, that is completely okay. Your birth parent counselor can make adjustments at any time, so all you need to do is let them know. They will take care of it for you.
However, it’s important to know that this is not an option after you’ve signed away your parental rights and/or the adoption has been finalized. So, it’s important for you to carefully consider everything you want included in your adoption plan the best you can. This will allow you to have ample preparation time and help you feel comfortable with the decisions that you’ve made.
When can I Create My Adoption Plan?
If you have decided that adoption is the best option for you and your baby, there is no right or wrong time to start the adoption process or create your adoption plan. As soon as you feel ready, don’t hesitate to reach out to our adoption professionals at Adoption Choices of Oklahoma. We are here to help you, and want you to have the most positive and empowering adoption experience possible.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and 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.
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Meet the Author: Becca Kent was born and raised in San Diego, California. She has discovered that finding purpose in life without that aspect of family life can certainly be a whirlwind. She has been on an interesting journey — moving from San Diego, CA to Chattanooga, TN. After graduating high school, she enrolled at Chattanooga State and later transferred to UT Chattanooga.
She worked as a licensed veterinary technician from 2012 to 2020. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geology, she moved to north Alabama to pursue an entry level career in manufacturing/engineering. Becca currently works in quality control in a ceramic tile plant.