When you are considering adoption for your baby, it is important to learn about the process, so that you will be confident in the decision you are making. At first, adoption will seem like an overwhelming and scary journey and you may not know where to turn to for support. Know that there is help available.
- Adoption agency or professional. Adoption agencies and professionals are experienced in assisting women who are facing unplanned pregnancies and considering adoption. Find a reputable agency or professional and talk to them about what you are going through and ask questions. If you do decide that adoption is the best option for you and your baby, your adoption agency or professional will be the one you rely on to guide you through the process.
- Support system. Reach out to your immediate support system. This might be the father of your baby, your family or your friends. If you have people around you that are willing to listen and encourage you, it will help to talk to them about your pregnancy and the options you are considering. In some situations, you may find that the people in your life are not supportive of your decision. If you ultimately make the decision that adoption is the right choice for you, learning how to deal with unsupportive family members and friends might help to reinforce your decision.
- Birth Mothers. Birth Mothers who have already walked in your shoes are often able to provide support to you like no one else. While each woman's adoption journey is unique, they will understand your fears and concerns and they will be able to share with you what their adoption experiences were like. Other Birth Mothers can also provide insight into what the post adoption journey looks like by sharing what their struggles have been, what their relationships with their Adoptive Parents, if any, looks like and talking to you about the healing process.
It is also important to know that it is okay if you are unsure about adoption or if you are just not ready to talk to anyone about it yet. These resources are available to you when you are ready. If you are just looking for information, know that you can reach out to an adoption agency or professional and they will answer all of your questions and keep your information 100% confidential.