Adoption is a tough decision for expectant mothers. You may be feeling worried about how your decision will affect those around you, how people may react, and how you may feel once the decision is finalized. As you consider if adoption is the right choice for you, it is important to understand the adoption process. This guide will focus on the most common questions expectant mothers have about the adoption process in order to better prepare yourself mentally, financially, and emotionally for the coming transition.

Top Questions About Adoption for Expectant Mothers

1. When Can I Contact an Adoption Professional?

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You can get in touch with an adoption professional at any time during your pregnancy or even after your baby is born. When you work with adoption agencies or professionals, they should be able to help you at any stage in your pregnancy. In fact, there are families all throughout the country who are looking to adopt babies and older children, should you have need. When you finally do meet with an adoption professional, they will help you create an adoption plan that will walk you through every step of the process.

2. How Much Will Adoption Cost Me?

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For expectant mothers, there is no cost to create an adoption plan. Depending on state law, the Adoptive Parents you select may be able to assist with your living and/or pregnancy related expenses. Your adoption professional will also help you apply for any public assistance or insurance benefits which you may be entitled to during your pregnancy.

3. How Do I Choose the Right Family?

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As the Birth Mother, you get to choose the Adoptive Parents for your baby. When working with an adoption agency or professional, they will help you to find the right family you want your child to grow up with. Depending on the stage of your pregnancy, you may have the option of getting to know your Adoptive Parents before you give birth.

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4. Can I Still Have a Relationship with My Baby?

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Today, most adoptions are open. In an open adoption. the Adoptive Parents and Birth Mother will maintain some level of contact as the child grows up. Some will text/call/email each other, some will just share photos and updates and some will even meet on certain occasions. Every relationship will be unique and it is important to maintain a level of contact that will be comfortable for all parties.

5. What if I Already Have Children?

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Some Birth Mothers wonder how they will explain their adoption plan to their other children. If you are unsure of how to handle this, reach out to your adoption professional for guidance. Creating an adoption plan is a very emotional journey for every Birth Mother so before sharing your story with others, it may be helpful to speak with a counselor.

Other Questions

Expectant Mothers considering adoption are sure to have a lot of questions about the entire adoption process. The legal requirements, the basic steps, and the options available to them can become overwhelming, making the decision to create an adoption plan for their child even more difficult than it already is. Adoption Network Law Center has provided the resources below to help answer some of the most common questions from Expectant Mothers.