Navigating the Adoption Process in Oklahoma
If you are currently experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, you are probably facing many challenges. You may be wondering whether or not you can raise a child or if you are ready for this life-changing step. If the answer to these questions is no, adoption may be right for you and your child. While we understand that adoption can often be a confusing and overwhelming process, we are here to make the adoption process clearer for everyone involved. As a pregnant woman considering adoption, we understand that you have a lot of questions about the Oklahoma adoption process, and at Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we are here to help you find answers. Our adoption counselors and caseworkers will work with you at any stage of your pregnancy or adoption process to create a plan for the future.
- Step 1: Choosing an Adoption Agency
One of the most important steps of any Oklahoma adoption plan is to choose an adoption agency like Adoption Choices of Oklahoma. As the birth mother, you will be working with your adoption agency before, during, and after your child’s placement. Because of this, you should carefully consider your options before making a decision. You may even want to ask yourself a few questions, such as whether you believe in the values of the adoption agency or if you think they have you and your child’s best interest at heart.
When choosing an adoption agency, consider what the agency offers you as the birth mother. For example, at Adoption Choices of Oklahoma we offer a variety of services to help birth mothers throughout the adoption process. We will also provide you with an experienced adoption caseworker to help you with many of the decisions you will face throughout your child’s adoption process, such as choosing your child’s adoptive family and how much contact will remain between you and your child.
In addition, we offer financial assistance to our birth mothers in need, including expenses for rent, utility, transportation, and other pregnancy-related costs. We are also proud to offer counseling services to our birth mothers at any time throughout the adoption process and even up to 6 months after delivery and placement.
- Step 2: Choosing an Adoptive Family
Choosing an adoptive family for your child can be very difficult. At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we try to make this decision easier by offering a wide selection of pre-screened and approved adoptive families for you to choose from. Before deciding on an adoptive family, though, it is important to think about what kind of family you want for your child. While you consider this, it may be good to ask yourself how you want your child to be raised and what kind of values you want him or her to learn. This can include anything from the number of siblings, religion and lifestyle, or even family arrangement of your child’s adoptive family.
After thinking about your own adoption preferences, you should discuss your thoughts with your adoption caseworker. An experienced adoption professional will be able to offer advice to you or ask a question you may not have thought of. Next, you’ll choose from the prospective adoptive parent profiles, which include pictures and short written descriptions shown to you by your caseworker.
The prospective adoptive parent profiles may have a variety of different family arrangements for you to choose from, including everything from single-parents, LGBTQ+ couples, or transracial and multicultural families. As the birth mother, the choice of the adoptive family will be entirely up to you, but you may also choose to consult with your adoption caseworker.
- Step 3: Choosing an Open or Closed Adoption Arrangement
In the next step of your adoption process in Oklahoma you’ll choose the amount of contact you wish to remain with your child and his or her adoptive family. While many birth mothers choose open adoption because it allows them to maintain a relationship with their child, it is important to remember that the choice is entirely up to you. In fact, there are many reasons why you might decide to make a closed adoption or an adoption arrangement where the record remains closed.
As a birth mother, you may choose to keep your child’s adoption closed if you want a greater sense of closure after your child’s placement or want to move on from any difficult circumstances surrounding your pregnancy. If you are struggling to choose between these alternatives, you may consider a semi-open adoption or an adoption arrangement where you can maintain contact with your child and his or her adoptive family anonymously. As the birth mother, the most important thing is to do what you are most comfortable with, whether that is remaining a part of your child’s life or not.
What Will Your Oklahoma Adoption Process Look Like?
As a birth mother in Oklahoma, there are several important considerations that go into making an adoption plan. At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we understand that this can make the adoption process difficult and confusing, but we are here to help you throughout your adoption journey. When working with our adoption agency in Oklahoma, you will never be alone at any stage of your adoption process. Our adoption counselors and caseworkers are here for you every step of the way.
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: Jennie Knuppel is a student at the University of Texas at Austin studying English Literature. She is currently enrolled in the English Honors Program, for which she is writing a thesis in comparative literature prior to graduating in the spring of 2022. Jennie has previously taken courses in literature and both creative and technical writing, and she spent four years working in her high school’s journalism department.
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