Investigating adoption is a mature and responsible decision and likely one of the most difficult choices you have to make in your life. When you choose adoption you are still a parent with all of a parent’s love in your heart for your child. Birth parents and adoptive parents both play a crucial role in an adopted child’s life. With modern adoption the majority of birth mothers have some type of contact with their children, as long as you select an adoptive family interested in sharing similar contact as you. You can take your time exploring adoption as, in most states, adoption cannot be legally finalized until after the baby is born. Birth parents get to be in control of the adoption plan they make and usually choose between three types of adoption: open, partially open, and closed.
Here are some common questions women ask when considering adoption.
How could I ever give my baby away?
Not only is adoption a caring choice for children, it empowers women to meet their goals.
What if nobody wants to adopt my baby?
Adoptive families welcome children of different ethnicities and races, as well as those with every kind of physical or intellectual disability.
Could I live without knowing how my baby is doing?
You don’t have to miss out. With open or partially open adoption, you can be a part of your child’s life and still pursue your own dreams.
How could being adopted affect my baby?
92% of adopted children have positive feelings about their adoption, parents report. (National Survey of Adoptive Parents Project. 2007)
Whichever type of adoption you might choose, it’s a good idea to get counseling (available for free) that can help you adjust after your baby is born and plan for the future. Our fully-trained staff can help you get connected with the information you need.
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I remember when they were first opening & had their big Baby Shower and how I was so excited but when I came to them shortly after that & had my twins, it was nothing like I expected & I was disappointed. I stopped again a couple of years later after I has my next baby and same thing. I was frustrated. Recently Andrea came to speak at our church and I got the pleasure of meeting her in person and then spending some time with her that same week and it was such an amazing opportunity. I'm glad she & I were both at my church that morning and I didn't walk away because of my feelings from previous experiences. This meeting has opened new doors for me and my new baby and I can't wait to see what is in store for our future. Thank you Andrea.
My favorite thing offered at TLC is baby cafe. I’ve received amazing support throughout my breastfeeding journey and have also been able to meet fellow moms! Not only do they offer breastfeeding support but they have all kinds of other classes. It’s a great community and is so supportive during pregnancy and beyond.
I come here on Thursdays mornings for their baby cafe. It’s a breastfeeding support group with a certified breastfeeding specialist. Sometimes I have questions & need help, and other times I come just to chat with other moms, snack & hangout! It’s a comfortable place & I look forward to Thursday’s because of this!