What Does it Mean to be an Adoptee

Adoption isn’t a phase that one experiences for a period of time. It’s a lifelong journey for everyone involved; Birth Parent, Adoptive Parent, and Adoptee. Everyone’s experience with adoption is unique, so as an adoptee, the ways that your adoption will affect you will be equally unique. No two adoptees will experience the exact same impact of adoption, which makes the meaning of adoption different to each adoptee.To an adoptee, the meaning of adoption can be difficult to put into words an...

Dealing with Unsupportive Parents and Family Members

On both ends of the adoption spectrum, you may deal with unsupportive family members and parents. Whether you’re an expectant mother considering an adoption plan for your child, or you’re considering adopting a child into your family, you may run the risk of pushback from some of the people you care about most.Of course, finding that your parent or other family member are unsupportive of your adoption plans can be discouraging, but this should not stop you in your tracks. Learning how...

Adoption Choices for Expectant Parents

There are many adoption choices you will be asked to make during your pregnancy. Once you start your adoption plan, you will need to choose an adoptive family, decide how much contact you want with them during your pregnancy and if you want to maintain contact after you place your child into his/her new home.Unless a court has terminated your parental rights or you do not want to make the choice, the final decision of who will parent your child is frequently left to you. Choo...

Do I Get To Meet The Adoptive Parents?

In most domestic adoption situations, if you want, you can choose the adoptive parent(s). This may be done through reviewing adoptive parent(s) profiles at an adoption agency or with an attorney (where allowed), looking for an adoptive family on the Internet or by asking everyone you know (“word of mouth”) if they know anyone who wants to adopt. Through any of these means, you can connect with a prospective adoptive parent.Part of your process of making an adoption decis...

Adoption Name Change: Factors to Consider

A common question among prospective adoptive parents revolves around a name change. Should the adopted child’s name be changed? Modified? Or should it remain the same with the exception of the last name? Factors to consider when making a name change in adoption: 1. Safety There are many factors to consider when making a naming decision. One important condition includes safety. Is a name change a matter of protecting the child and the family’s privacy? This factor most ofte...