Types of Adoptive Families
Pregnancy can be a difficult experience to manage on your own or even if you do have a support system. Pregnancy brings about many changes, such as physical and even mental changes, which are sometimes difficult to cope with. All of these challenges associated with pregnancy can become even more complicated if you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. However, you never have to go through your pregnancy alone, and you can always find resources to help guide you on how to handle your unplanned pregnancy.
At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we provide the resources and support needed for an unplanned or unintended pregnancy. Our private adoption Oklahoma specialists are ready to help you, even if you are simply just considering adoption as a possibility.
Pregnant and Considering Adoption in Oklahoma
As mentioned before, a pregnancy can be difficult to deal with, and you may feel your options are limited in handling your pregnancy. In reality, though, there are three ways you can handle your pregnancy, and none of these options means you have to go through the process alone.
The first way you can handle your pregnancy is by taking care of the child yourself. This can be a difficult option to choose, but many birth mothers have chosen this path and have never regretted it. However, this path can be difficult to choose because there are a lot of responsibilities that come with caring for a child, such as the fact that being a parent is a full-time commitment and that raising a child can be costly.
The next way you can handle your unplanned or unintended pregnancy is by terminating your pregnancy. This can be a solution for you if you know you cannot take care of a child or you are not ready to become a parent yet. Depending on what state you live in, this can be a tricky option to consider as the laws surrounding the termination of your pregnancy are constantly changing. You should consult with your legal advisor to see if this is a viable option for you.
The last option you can consider is adoption. Adoption can provide you and your child with new opportunities. Depending on how you create your adoption plan, you may be able to maintain contact with your child after adoption. Choosing adoption will also provide one of our many waiting families with the privilege of raising and loving your child. If you consider this as an option, our adoption specialists will be more than happy and ready to help you with the process.
Transracial Adoptive Families
If you are seriously considering adoption, you will consider what type of adoptive family you want for your child. This is one of the most important decisions you can make, and as a birth mother, you are the only one who decides who will get to adopt your child.
One type of family you can consider is a transracial family. Transracial adoption is where a family of a different race adopts your child. While this may seem like a daunting choice, this can be a great opportunity to expose your child to different identity and maybe even a different culture.
Exposing your child to a new culture/race is a great way for your child to gain a sense of identity early on in life. Having a sense of identity will prevent your child from being discriminatory and will enable them to celebrate other cultures and uplift others who may be different.
Younger Adoptive Families
Another aspect of adoptive families you should consider is the age of your adoptive family. A younger adoptive family is a great choice, but a younger adoptive family has to be a minimum age depending on the state you adopt from. The minimum age to adopt in Oklahoma is 21, but you can be reassured that all of the waiting families listed on our website meet that state requirement and have passed a home study.
A younger adoptive family may give your child an opportunity to have siblings, and a younger family may be more physically active for your child. These are just some factors to consider when thinking about choosing a younger adoptive family.
Different Types of Adoptive Parents
Another aspect to consider when choosing an adoptive family is what type of parents you are looking for. As the definition of family is ever-evolving, so is the image of parents. Nowadays, there are several different identities associated with being a parent, and despite the differences, being a good parent is a choice and is possible no matter what kind of parent you are.
One type of adoptive parent is single parents. While married couples seem to be more stable, they struggle just as much as single parents. Being married does not automatically make people better parents because being a good parent is a choice. Single parents may be a great choice to consider because they can also provide your child with undivided attention, where your child may be able to thrive.
The important thing to remember about choosing a family is that you should think of what your child may want in the future. While it may be hard to think of now, you should consider thinking about what you wanted when you were a child and try to fulfill those wishes. This may make planning for your baby’s future a little easier and better.
Getting Adoption Help
The journey to adoption may seem long and stressful, but it does not have to be that way, especially with Adoption Choices of Oklahoma. Our adoption specialists are ready to help you through the journey so that you can focus on your pregnancy.
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.
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Meet the author: Victoria Chan is a sophomore at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and she is currently a Literature, Media, and Communications major. She currently runs her own blog, where she shares her poetry and creative writing projects. When she is not working or studying for school, she is often reading or writing, as she seeks to pursue a career in writing.