If you’re interested in placing your child for adoption in the state of Michigan, you’re in the right place!
It’s vital that you feel empowered and informed throughout each step of your adoption journey and PCC Petoskey is here to help you by providing you with free pregnancy healthcare services and giving you important insight into the adoption process!
Here are our main tips for placing your child for adoption:
1. Head to your local pregnancy clinic
If you’re considering adoption, we recommend first scheduling an appointment at your local pregnancy clinic, like PCC Petoskey.
Not only will this be a great first step in learning more about placing your child for adoption, but you’ll also be able to receive free pregnancy health services, including lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound scan. An ultrasound scan will give you important information about your pregnancy, including its age, location, and viability.
If you discover that your pregnancy is not viable, or unable to survive outside of the womb, your nurse will provide you with further information on the necessary steps forward. Similarly, pregnancies that are not located in the uterus are considered ectopic and nonviable and can result in severe health risks to the mother. If your ultrasound reveals an ectopic pregnancy, you’ll need to be treated immediately.
Your local pregnancy clinic staff will then be able to guide you through the process of adoption — from helping you think through your adoption options to connecting you with an adoption agency!
2. Get connected with a trusted adoption agency
Here at PCC Petoskey, we seek to learn about your hopes and desires in order to connect you with an adoption agency that will meet your specific needs.
The agency you choose will be instrumental throughout your pregnancy and after you give birth to your child — helping you each step of the way along your adoption journey.
As the birth mother, you are very much in control of your own adoption plan, from determining how and when you want to interact with your child to choosing the family they will be placed with. Your adoption agency will be there to help you make these important choices.
3. Decide what kind of adoption you want
One of the main questions you’ll need to answer as you develop your adoption plan is how “open” you would like the relationship to be. The main types of adoption plans are open, semi-open, and closed.
Today, 95 percent of adoptions are open in some way, meaning the birth mother has some form of relationship with her child and the adoptive family. Open adoptions can include in-person meetings, video calls, phone calls, texts, or even just exchanging photos — it’s up to you to decide what you’re comfortable with.
Though rare, closed adoptions are an option for women who want to place their child with a loving family, but wish to remain confidential and not have any contact with the child or adoptive family moving forward
When it comes to making an adoption plan, there are no right and wrong answers. If you are unsure of what kind of plan is right for you, your adoption agency will be right by your side to answer any questions you have.
4. Pick a loving family for your child
Once you decide on an adoption agency, you’ll be able to determine specific criteria to narrow down the potential families who would be able to adopt your child. As you pick a family, you are able to take time to consider what kind of life you hope and desire for your child.
Some questions you might consider include…
- Do I want my child to go to a two-parent family or would I be okay placing them in a single-parent home?
- Do I want my child to have any siblings?
- Will I only consider families in a specific geographical area?
- Do I have preferences regarding religion?
Once you narrow your search, you will be able to choose a family based on their profile and will likely be able to meet them before you make your final decision.
Ready to start your adoption journey? Schedule your appointment today!
Choosing adoption is a brave and inspiring choice for those experiencing unplanned pregnancies and PCC Petoskey is here to champion you each step of the way!
From providing you with free pregnancy services to connecting you with a trusted adoption agency, we are here for you!
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