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6 Myths About Giving a Baby up for Adoption

You may be considering giving your baby up for adoption. Here are 6 myths about the adoption process. Let me know if you have any questions! Adoption Myth #1: You must sign paperwork immediately after the baby is born. This is not true.  Every state has laws about how soon a woman can give her baby up for adoption.  The laws are there to protect you from signing immediately after delivery when you’re most vulnerable....
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Common Fears About Giving Up a Baby

It’s normal to have fears when considering giving up a baby.  This is especially true at the beginning of the adoption journey when the process is so new.  Some women find comfort in talking about their fears with someone who’s been through the process.  Knowing that your feelings are normal and that you aren’t alone can be a huge relief. Fear #1: Giving Up a Baby Makes Me a Bad Person Probably the most common fear i...
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Is Adoption Right for Me? What Open Adoption Looks Like in Real Life

Is an open adoption right for me? Many an uncertain birth mother has considered these words as she debates whether she’d like to create an adoption plan. While closed adoptions were common in past decades, open adoptions have become much more common in recent years. What does an open adoption look like in real life? It’s less intimidating and more diverse than you might think. The History of Open Adoption...
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Understanding Women Who Put Babies up for Adoption

When a woman chooses to create an adoption plan, she’s making a decision that will shape many lives. When a woman puts her baby up for adoption, it changes many lives.  Her life, her child’s life, and the family and friends of the adoptive family will all be shaped by a birth mother’s courageous and thoughtful decision. A birth mother thinks hard about choosing adoption. Women choose adoption for ma...
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Giving Your Baby Up for Adoption and the Range of Emotions That Comes with It

Giving your baby up for adoption is not an easy decision. In fact, it will likely be one of the hardest decisions of your life.   I’ve worked with many expectant mothers and have witnessed the range of emotions that come with the adoption process. Sadness, guilt, even feeling stupid, are all common feelings. The following are descriptions of the main emotions you might feel when going through this experience an...
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Why Older Moms Choose to Give Up a Baby For Adoption

Often, we think of birth mothers as younger mothers who aren’t ready to become a parent. However, birth mothers can be women of any age. Here are some reasons why older moms choose adoption. They’re Not in a Stable Relationship Some mothers are single parents by choice, while others are single by chance. Older mothers might choose adoption because they’re not in a long term or committed relationship...
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The Advantages of Adoption vs. Surrendering Your Baby at the Hospital

Discovering you’re pregnant when you aren’t yet ready for parenthood can be scary. In California, when a woman feels she’s not ready to parents, she can surrender the newborn baby at the hospital.  She may also surrender her newborn to another safe surrender location, such as a fire station.  In a safe surrender, you don’t have to give your name or any identifying information.  The mother has ...
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Too Late for an Abortion? You Still Have Options

If you’ve recently discovered it’s too late for an abortion, you still have at least two options–parenting and adoption.  This article provides resources if you’re thinking about parenting.  It also outlines things to think about and the next steps if you are considering adoption.  Here are at least two options if it’s too late for an abortion. Choosing to Parent Some women consider abor...
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What Are My Rights in Open Adoption?

  Adoption laws vary from state to state and so do birth parent rights.  Below are just a few of the universal rights in open adoption that are either misunderstood or not commonly known. Right to counseling Many states require at least one counseling session prior to a birth parent signing consent paperwork to an adoption.  This is typically done with an experienced social worker who specializes in adoption and...
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