What is an Adoption Plan?
An adoption plan is an outline of what you want for your child and for yourself through the adoption process and after the child is placed for adoption. You are likely facing an unplanned pregnancy and have decided that adoption is the best option for you and your baby.
Your adoption plan might include choosing an adoption professional, the steps of your adoption process, choosing an adoptive family and the level of openness or communication with the family (and your child), counseling support, a financial budget, your birth or hospital plan, and post-placement support.
An adoption plan is a document that outlines the preferences and wishes of a birth mother or birth parents regarding the adoption of their child. Filled with valuable information that expecting parents want through the adoption process, the plan is designed to help ensure that the adoption process is as smooth and comfortable as possible for all parties involved.
How do I Create an Adoption Plan?
When considering your adoption plan, it is important to ask yourself two questions:
- What is best for your baby?
- What is best for you?
Don’t worry, an Adoption Choices of Colorado adoption specialist will work with you in sorting out the answers to these questions and working out the details for your adoption plan to make sure the adoption process matches your wishes.
Our local adoption agencies in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and across Colorado are here to help. We can meet you in person or over the phone, text, or video. There is no obligation to choose adoption when you contact us and our services come at no cost to you as birth parents.
Adoption Plan Tips
- Be flexible when you create your adoption plan. You don’t know exactly how you will feel through the adoption process nor post-placement.
- Consider your ‘non-negotiables’. Your must-haves. If there are things that you absolutely will not ever sway on, add them to your plan.
- Don’t just plan all this in your mind. Having it in writing is so helpful as you move forward. Situations will arise, emotions will cloud your judgment. And of course, circumstances and people will change. You will need to have your plan to fall back on, to remind you of what is most important.
- Don’t rush as you compose your adoption plan. A due date that is getting closer and closer may feel like a very good reason to rush. But don’t let panic overcome you. This decision does not have to be made before your baby is born. You can take as much time as you need to make your decisions. With proper planning, you will find the right family and create the right adoption plan for you and your baby.
Why do I Need an Adoption Plan?
Making an adoption plan helps your adoption specialists know your wishes throughout the adoption process. It ensures we can advocate for you, match you with an appropriate adoptive family, and secure the financial and emotional support you need through your adoption journey.
Putting your adoption plan in writing is called a Post-Adoption Agreement and it is important. Although not legally enforceable in all states, putting everything in writing is strongly encouraged as it helps you, our adoption center, and the adoptive parents ensure that you are all on the same page regarding future contact.
For those who are considering adoption, an adoption plan is important as it allows them to make informed decisions throughout the adoption process. Making an adoption plan can help ensure that the adoption process goes smoothly and that all parties involved, including the child, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents’ needs are met.
Options for Adoption
As a pregnant woman considering adoption, it’s important to understand who and how you can work through the adoption process. Colorado is an agency state which means in order to travel through the adoption journey, it is necessary to use a licensed adoption agency.
Our licensed adoption agency provides a range of services, including counseling for birth parents, matching with adoptive families, and post-adoption support. If you are pregnant and considering adoption in Colorado, there are several steps you can take:
- Research adoption agencies: Look for reputable adoption agencies in Colorado. You can start by searching online or reaching out to a local adoption attorney. Adoption Choices of Colorado is the top adoption agency available to help now.
- Schedule a consultation: Once you have found a potential adoption agency, schedule a consultation to learn more about their adoption process and services. Call us now!
- Understand your options: There are different types of adoption, including open, semi-open, and closed adoption. Make sure you understand the different options available to you.
- Choose an adoptive family: If you decide to move forward with adoption, you will have the opportunity to choose an adoptive family for your child. Our adoption agency can provide you with profiles of potential families to consider.
- Create an adoption plan: Work with our adoption agency to create an adoption plan that meets your needs and preferences. This may include details such as the level of contact you want with the adoptive family and your child after the adoption is finalized.
Remember, adoption is a personal decision and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Take your time, ask questions, and work with professionals who can help guide you through the process.
Choosing an Adoption Agency in Colorado
A general process on how a pregnant woman in Colorado might choose an adoption agency based on their needs and preferences:
- Research: The first step a pregnant woman might take is to research adoption agencies in Colorado. They can use search engines, social media, or recommendations from friends, family, or healthcare providers to create a list of potential agencies.
- Check accreditation and legal compliance: The pregnant woman should check if the agency is licensed, accredited, and adheres to state and federal adoption laws.
- Services offered: The pregnant woman should evaluate the range of services provided by the agency, such as counseling, legal support, medical care, post-adoption support, and financial assistance.
- Adoption process: The pregnant woman should inquire about the agency’s adoption process, requirements, and timeline.
- Reputation and reviews: The pregnant woman must research the agency’s reputation and reviews beyond what the agency says. This means reading reviews from other birth parents or adoptive parents to get a more comprehensive picture of the services that the agency provides.
- Interview the agency: Finally, the woman should schedule an interview with the adoption agency representatives to discuss their questions, preferences, and concerns. The interview can be in-person or over the phone. Asking how the agency handles open and closed adoptions can help her decide what will work best for her.
Overall, the woman should choose the adoption agency that aligns with her values, provides a clear, ethical, and efficient process, and supports her throughout the adoption process.