How to Involve Your Family in Your Adoption Plan
If you are currently experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering Nevada adoption, it may be helpful to involve your family in your adoption plan. An adoption plan is your personalized plan for adoption; it includes everything from who you want to adopt your baby to how much financial support you may need. Because your adoption plan is personalized for you, you can include whoever you would like in it. Our goal at Adoption Choices of Nevada is to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your adoption journey, and if that means involving your family, we are fully supportive.
What are the Ways I can Involve My Family in My Adoption Plan?
One of the easiest ways you can involve your family in your adoption process is to make them an active part of your support system during this time. Too often are families unsupportive of the birth mother’s decision to adopt, so involving them in a positive way to change this. Though we offer support counseling for our birth mothers, some women are more comfortable talking to their families about certain topics. You may be able to express your concerns or fears more fully with a family member, and that is okay. It is important that you use whatever support is available to you during this time, and your family is a great place to start!
Another way that you can involve your family in your adoption process is to allow them to see prospective adoptive family profiles and possibly help you choose the adoptive family. This can be a daunting process, so having input from a family member you trust can ease some of the stress of choosing the right family for your baby. Involving your family in this part of the process will allow them to feel like they are also part of the process and may answer any questions they may have about the adoption process.
Additionally, involving your family in your adoption plan is a great way to educate them about the adoption process. Adoption can be scary for everyone involved, so it is important to use this opportunity to assuage any fears your family may have about adoption. You can use resources such as the Adoption Choices of Nevada website or bring them to your meetings with your adoption facilitator. There is no right or wrong way to involve your family in the adoption process, and this may make you all closer.
For example, you can educate your family about the different types of adoption. There are three main types of adoption: open, semi-open, and closed. Open adoptions consist of open communication between you and the adoptive family. You can receive periodic updates, photos, and letters and participate in annual meetings with the child and their adoptive family. If the adoptive parents allow it, your family can also participate in these meetings. Open adoptions are great for everyone involved because your family may have the opportunity to remain present in the child’s life.
Your adoption facilitator mediates communication in a semi-open adoption. Though you cannot speak directly with the adoptive family, you will still receive photos and updates about the child. You can share these updates with your family.
Unfortunately, there is no communication between you and the adoptive parents in a closed adoption, but you can be assured that the family you choose is taking excellent care of your child. Your family may not understand your reasoning for choosing a closed adoption, but you can explain it to them and help them understand.
You can also have your family present during labor and delivery. Your birth plan is your specific plan for your birth, and this is a great way to involve your family in the adoption process further. You will need as much support as possible during this time but especially when you are giving birth. You can have anyone you would like to be present with during your birth. Your comfort is of the utmost importance.
Communication During Your Adoption Process is Key!
The most important aspect of incorporating your family into your adoption plan is communication regarding your decisions, why you choose adoption for your child, what kind of adoption you want, etc. Regardless of your family’s opinions, this is still very much about you and the choices you would like to make. If you need help including your family in your adoption process, do not hesitate to contact us at one of our Adoption Choices of Nevada agencies. We are available 24/7 via phone, text, or email to assist you with all of your adoption needs.
Adoption Choices of Nevada has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: 855-940-4673 (Toll-Free) | 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas) | 775-825-4673 (Reno) | 775-738-4673 (Elko) | 775-884-4673 (Carson City).
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