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Ways to Incorporate Adoption into Your Holiday Traditions

By Alexis Watson

As the holiday season settles in, you reflect on the previous year. You think about your unplanned pregnancy and your adoption experience in Nevada. You’ve researched ‘how to put a child up for adoption’ and have decided to move forward with the adoption process. You’ve heard about open adoption and want to have regular communication with the adoptive family. You want to share some of your favorite family traditions and are open to creating new ones. However, you aren’t sure if your idea of sharing or creating new family traditions will be accepted.

 Not to worry. Our experts at Adoption Choices of Nevada are here to provide adoption support to our birth mothers. We are an agency that provides assistance and support for unplanned pregnancies. Our adoption specialists are trained to emotionally support birth mothers through counseling. We also provide financial pregnancy assistance for birth mothers experiencing hardship. 

Open Adoption vs. Closed Adoption

You heard about open adoption, semi-open adoption, and closed adoption but aren’t sure of the differences. Adoption in Las Vegas gives birth mothers the option to choose from either open adoption or semi-open adoption.

Open adoptions allow for the birth mother and the adoptive family to have open communication with one another regularly.The birth mother is able to share important family traditions and customs with the adoptive family. It also allows for the adoptive family and the birth mother to create new family traditions together. Open adoption allows for the birth mother and the adoptive mother to foster a relationship independently. 

Semi-open adoption has a few more restrictions than open adoption, but not many. Semi-open adoption allows the adoptive families to share life updates of the child. Major milestones such as birthdays and life accomplishments are examples of information that is shared. The level of communication is not as frequent as with open adoption, and this style of adoption is often mediated through your adoption agency.

Closed adoption, however, is when there isn’t any information shared between the birth mother and the adoptive family. The birth mother’s information is sealed and cannot be accessed by the adoptive family. 

Can Family Traditions Be Shared After The Adoption Process Is Finalized?

The adoption process in Nevada is a simple process that gives birth mothers real choices for their unplanned pregnancies. Some birth mothers decide to maintain some level of communication with the adoptive family. This choice fosters the possibility of sharing and creating new family traditions during the holidays. 

Holidays traditionally are celebrated by families with food, songs, gifts, and storytelling. It’s a great way for families to bond. As a birth mother, you might want to cultivate a sense of tradition with the adoptive family. You might want to include the adoptive family in your normal family traditions during the holidays. You might want to create new ones as well. As a birth mother looking to incorporate traditional family traditions while creating new ones, you can:

  • Host a game night between your family and the adoptive family. A game night is a great way to have some friendly family competition. 
  • Have a holiday cook-off. Both families will be able to come together and cook some of their favorite traditional dishes. This is a great opportunity to learn about the meaning and impact food has on different cultures.
  • Orchestrate a music night. Both families can share some of their favorite songs or show off their musical abilities. 
  • Organize a festive movie night. You can have both families vote on one Christmas movie to watch each year. You switch it up and pick someone each year to host the movie night.
  • Dress up as your favorite holiday character and have a holiday celebration. Just like Halloween, you send around your holiday party invitations and encourage everyone to pick a character they want to dress up as. You can make it interesting by suggesting everyone act in character until a certain time.

It’s easy to create new traditions with your family and the adoptive family. You can create new traditions that honor your parenthood journey and adoption experience. Practicing and creating new traditions allows everyone to continue to learn new things about each other. It will promote family bonding and togetherness. 

I Need Information About Adoption; I’m Pregnant

The holidays are a time for families to gather and spend time together bonding with one another. The holiday season gives families time to practice family traditions as well as create new ones. 

However, the holidays can bring a flurry of emotions for birth mothers who have finalized their child’s adoption. Adoption in Nevada is a powerful ally for birth mothers especially during the holidays. Here at Adoption Choices of Nevada, we encourage our birth mothers to feel powerful in their decision. Our experts and staff are supporters, counselors, and advocates for the needs of our birth mothers.

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, give us a call today. Our experts are excited to hear from you.