ICWA: Placing Your Native American Child for Adoption in Oklahoma
What is it like to place a Native American child for adoption? What does the adoption process in Oklahoma look like? How is the adoption process with ICWA different? What expectations are placed on the adoption agency or the birth mother during the adoption process?
You may have all these questions and more when considering giving your baby up for adoption with Adoption Choices of Oklahoma. There are lots of things to think about, especially when placing your baby for adoption because there are many rules and regulations. Not to worry though, your birth parent counselor will surely be there to support and help you, not to talk of your adoption caseworker and how they will also be able to provide you with your needs and wants as a birth mother in Oklahoma.
Giving your baby up for adoption may be hard, but you will be providing your child with the best experience. There are many different adoption options, so you will not need to worry about the type of adoptive family that adopts your child because there will be a wide range of options for adoptive parents. Your adoption options include open, closed, or semi-open adoption, which can help inform your decisions when choosing an adoptive family for your baby. We understand that this is a hard time, so we are ready to give you all the support you will need.
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
You might have heard of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), but you might not have. What is it? To put it in simple terms, any Native American child that is adopted is adopted with the surety that they will be well protected and have all the rights owed to them. Nothing is left out, and everything they need is included. Any further information will be told during the Oklahoma adoption process and will be communicated while you look for adoptive parents and choose the adoptive type that you are looking for.
Your choices will depend on your background and expectations, but the trained professionals at Adoption Choices of Oklahoma will be able to help you. Any emotional needs that you need or your child’s needs will be provided by a birth parent counselor. This counselor will be trained in your unique situation, so you don’t have to worry about working with a counselor that does not understand you. Adoption can be a difficult time, especially because it is a process with lots of details. But, your adoption team will be there to help you.
How ICWA Can Help You Choose an Adoptive Family in Oklahoma
When considering different adoptive families, you will have options ranging from LGBTQ+ families, Transracial families, Heterosexual/Traditional families, and single-parent households. Your decision will be based on the research that you do with your adoption caseworker and what the adoptive family is like. You know best what your expectations are and also what you want for your child.
The type of adoptive family and the adoption type — open, closed, or semi-open adoption will also inform your decisions as you look at different family profiles. Each adoptive family is different, and so as you go through the adoption process and think about what adoption type you want to consider for your Native American child, your adoption team will have the details and the research necessary to help you in your decision. You are not alone in this, and we will never generalize specific situations—anything you or your child needs will be provided for. We have many resources, and all of them will be available to you.
The Benefits of Placing Your Native American Child for Adoption
You may be providing your child with a better financial future, they may have more opportunities for social mobility if they are adopted, and there could be so much more.
Once we get to know you more, we will be able to help your child to grow up sustainably, happily, and have everything they need for success. We take every care to make sure that we do not discriminate and certainly not assume anything, so it is important to us that we communicate with you and the adoptive parents about expectations.
There is, of course, the legal side of adoption too, and with that, your adoption caseworker will not overwhelm you with information. You will know everything you should know, and your adoption caseworkers will always be ready to answer questions about your Native American child and also the end result. This all depends on your decisions and how you feel about the adoption profiles that you will receive.
Will You Consider Adoption Choices of Oklahoma?
You have so many options here, and if you would like to know more, you can visit our blog and our website. We have so much information there for you to search through and learn more about our adoption agency.
We want you to know that we care about you and your well-being. It is important to us that you know that and also understands the importance of choice during the adoption process. Do you want to choose the adoptive family? The adoption type? The birth parent counselor? All the choices are yours, and we are here to help you. We hope to see you soon.
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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