17 May You are in Control of Your Adoption Process
As a pregnant woman considering adoption, you are in complete control of your adoption journey. Every decision starts with you. We will help you create an adoption plan based on your needs and what you envision for your adoption journey. You get to choose the adoptive family that you feel will be best for your baby. Your adoption hospital plan is made specifically for you.
There are specific ways that you are in control of your adoption process. While we will guide and
support you during the entirety of your adoption journey, you are the one in charge of making the decisions. Only you know what’s best for you and your child, and we’ll be here every step of the way to give you all the guidance, information and support you need.
1. Creating an Adoption Plan Just for You
Now that you’ve decided to place your child for adoption, Cradle of Hope will work with you to create your adoption plan, which serves as the playbook for your entire adoption experience. If you want to meet waiting adoptive families, we’ll help you decide where, when and how often.
2. Selecting the Perfect Adoptive Family for your baby
Part of your adoption plan includes deciding what the perfect adoptive family means for you and your child. As you picture your child growing up, what do you envision for his or her adoptive parents? Do you have specific personality traits or personal interests you feel are important for an adoptive family to share? How important are these factors to you: their age, their racial, ethnic and cultural background, their educational background, religious beliefs and practices, location, hobbies and interests, lifestyle, and sexual orientation. You can choose the type of family you ultimately place with. It’s up to you.
3. Creating Your Adoption Hospital Plan Just As You Want It
The experience at the hospital is an emotional one, and we want you to be as comfortable as possible. We will help you create a hospital plan that works best for you, including:
- Choosing a hospital for labor and delivery.
- Which members of your support team will be allowed at the hospital?
- Whether you plan to have someone in the delivery room with you. If so, who?
- How much time do you want with your baby?
- How much contact and visitation do you want with the adoptive family?
Cradle of Hope will be there every step of the way to ensure your hospital experience is just as you planned and anticipated. You are in control of the decisions made at the hospital. And, while there are plenty of details to think about, it’s important to remember that hospital bills aren’t one of them. When you choose adoption, all pregnancy related medical bills, including labor and delivery, will be fully covered.
4. Staying Connected with Your Child and the Adoption Family
You get to decide the amount of contact you want to have with the adoptive family, both during and after the adoption. How much contact and the type of communication is completely up to you. The most common forms of communication include email, phone calls, text messages, video chats, social media, and in person visits. If you prefer, contacts can be scheduled for specific times of the year, such as on the baby’s birthday or at Christmas, for example. There are a lot of decisions to be made and the Cradle of Hope team will be there to support and advise you through each step of the process. You are in charge, and we will follow your lead.