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Adoption Finalization in OK: What Are The Last Steps?

By Rose O’Connor 

Going through an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming and emotional. You may be thinking about the further steps in placing your baby for adoption. When you work with Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we will help you every step of the way! We want to ensure that your baby is in a loving and nurturing home. That is why we are here for you when going through the adoption process

The Initial Steps of the Adoption Plan Before Starting Your Finalization Process

Once you have completed the initial steps of the overall adoption process, you will then start to outline your adoption plan. Here are the initial steps before completing the finalization process. 

Step 1: Contact Our Adoption Agency 

You can contact us through any form of communication that is the most comfortable for you. When you search for Adoption agencies near me, you can be directed to our experienced and licensed agencies. You will work with an adoption specialist that will help you with starting your adoption plan

Step 2: Choosing an Adoptive Family 

At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, your Adoption Specialist will assist you in finding an adoptive family that matches you and your child’s needs. You will be provided with different adoptive family profiles for you to choose from. If you do not feel like these profiles match your needs, we will bring more! 

Step 3: Decide on the Level of Openness with Your Child and The Adoptive Family

When you are going through the process, you can choose the level of openness: open adoption, semi-open adoption, and closed adoption. Here are more details. 

  • Open Adoption: open adoption is when your and the adoptive parents share contact information. You can also meet in person if you would like to. Contact might just include the form of email or letter updates with pictures only. Or you will meet in person at gatherings and other social events. 
  • Semi-Open Adoption: semi-open adoption is in between open and closed adoption. Furthermore, there is no identifying information being exchanged. You can still contact us through letters and pictures. 
  • Closed Adoption: closed adoption is when you and the adoptive parents have no contact with each other. This means that you never gain information from each other.

Starting your Finalization Process: You’re Hospital Plan 

Your Hospital Plan is an outline of what you do or does not want during your stay at the hospital. This is why it is recommended that you create one prior to your labor. This allows you to have less stress during the process. This also helps your adoption specialist and your chosen adoptive parents to comprehend your needs when it comes time for your due date. After your due date, this is when you complete your finalization. Here are some overall questions to think about when you create your birth plan. 

  • Do you want the adoptive parents to be there in the room when you are in labor?: You get to choose who you want and who you don’t want in the hospital room as you are in labor and delivering your baby. This depends on what type of adoption you choose. With that in mind, you can choose if the adoptive parents can be there to see the birth of your child. 
  • What do you want the delivery of your child to look like? You are in charge of everything when outlining your hospital plan. Moreover, you can choose between giving birth vaginally or having a c-section. It is entirely up to you and what makes you feel more comfortable! 
  • What are the post-adoption options after your delivery? There are different options to choose from post delivery. One of the options is you can hold your baby for as long as you want before your baby is given to the adoptive parents. Another option is you can take pictures with your baby and even take pictures with the adoptive parents if you choose to. Another option is you want to name your baby. You have the right to name your child, but if you want the adoptive parents to do so, then you are more than welcome to do that! 

After your hospital stay, you will then be taken to your court with your Adoption Specialist. You will then relinquish your parental rights. You can still see the adoptive parents and the baby if you would like to, depending on the level of openness you choose. 

What the Birth Plan Means for You and Your Child

When you contact adoption agencies in Oklahoma, we will make sure you are receiving all of the support you need. We are a private adoption agency. This means that our professionals will come to meet you personally. We are also local as well. We will advocate your needs and desires. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma also have licensed and experienced agencies. We have professionals that will work with you one on one and make sure your birth plan and the finalization process fits your needs. Here are some beneficial outcomes when creating a birth plan with adoption agencies in Oklahoma.

  • Financial Assistance for Adoption: At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we will offer financial assistance. This will include housing, utilities, food, transportation, groceries, and transportation. Additionally, we will make sure you have access to prenatal care and medical assistance as well.  
  • Emotional Support for Adoption: We understand how emotional your adoption journey can be. That is why we offer post-placement counseling. You will receive free counseling from our adoption agency. Counseling is also available when you continue after your adoption journey as well. 

A Message to You When Choosing Adoption

You are not alone in this process. At Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we advocate providing all of the resources you need for you and your child. We want to make sure your journey is specialized to your desires when you are giving the baby up for adoption. We want to make sure you are comfortable with your decisions and that we will walk through the steps with you. 

If you are a woman who wants to know more about the finalization process, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! 

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