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Adoption Process in Austin

Adoption can feel scary, especially for young birth mothers, however, being well informed about the Adoption Process in Austin can be liberating. Texas adoption center, Adoption Choices of Texas, provides the necessary support for birth mothers and the child being placed up for adoption. Here is how the adoption process will work:

How Austin Adoption Process Works

  • Contact a Local Adoption Agency for Support
  • Create an Adoption Plan
  • Select and Match with an Adoptive Family
  • Post-Adoption Communication
  • Post-Adoption Counseling

Contacting a Local Adoption Agency for Support

The first step of the adoption process in Texas is contacting a local adoption agency for assistance. Austin adoption agencies will explain how adoptive parents are screened and evaluated to see if they’re ready for children. Our adoption agency will provide you with an adoption coordinator who will help you figure out your next steps. The adoption coordinator will determine how much support you need during your pregnancy, and after the baby is born.

Your adoption coordinator will help if you need financial support, food support, housing, medical care, transportation, and legal support. We can provide you with financial support one month after the birth of your child. After determining how much support you need, we will have a doctor determine your baby’s due date.

Creating an Adoption Plan

Adoption agencies in Austin will help you create an adoption plan. The adoption plan involves several important points including desired type of adoption, such as open, semi-open, or closed adoption, and to identify the qualities and characteristics they are looking for in potential adoptive parents. Birth parents may also consider counseling services to help them navigate the emotional aspects of the adoption process. The adoption plan will also layout the financial assistance you might need, prenatal care and assistance with transportation or other pregnancy related expenses. 

Finally, the adoption plan will discuss your hospital plan.

What is a Hospital Plan in the Adoption Process?

A hospital plan encompasses all your wants and needs for the day you’ll give birth to your child. The hospital plan also lists your doctor, medical conditions, medications you’re currently taking, and all necessary contact information. Your plan lists the people you want and don’t want with you at the hospital. Do you have any family, friends, or loved ones you want with you as you give birth? Is there anyone you don’t want at the hospital while you’re in labor? 

The hospital plan also lists all your preferences for the hospital room and any special accommodations you need. Are you worried about pain management, feel free to ask about labor medicines and other comfort options. Do you need any lighting or music changes to provide you with comfort? Is there some personal item that can help you get through the labor process? Do you want someone to record you giving birth so you can remember the birth of your child? Your adoption coordinator will help you decide who and what you need before you go into labor.

Selecting and Matching with Adoptive Parents

Your adoption coordinator will help you through the adoption process in Texas, including selecting adoptive parents. The adoption coordinator will help you determine what qualities you want in adoptive parents. You will have the ability to interview the adoptive parent candidates to see who best meets your standards. Your adoption coordinator will provide you with tips and questions to ask the adoptive parents. 

All of our adoptive parent candidates have passed the home study requirement. The home study checks how safe the house is, including various child safety precautions, and access to healthy food. Adoption agencies in Austin have background checks for criminal records, financial records, health records, and psychological records. The adoptive parents are assessed on how they would care for their children. 

Post-Adoption Communication

You and the adoptive parents will swap contact information and agree on how much if any contact you want. The adoption plan comes in 3 forms: open, semi-open, and closed, each one determines how much contact you want.

Open adoption grants the most contact between you and your child, however, it involves collaboration with the adoptive parents. The adoptive parents will send you messages, letters, videos, and or pictures discussing your child’s health, interests, and achievements. If the adoptive parents agree, you can meet your child and explain why you placed your baby for adoption. As it can help them understand the sacrifice you made to ensure they receive a better future. 

Semi-open adoption involves more privacy, as you send messages anonymously and you’ll receive private updates from the adoptive parents. A semi-closed adoption provides you with more flexibility on when to meet, however, there may be fewer meetings. 

Closed adoptions are extremely rare, they involve surrendering the baby to the adoptive parents and never contacting them again. When considering adoption plans it’s important to consider which plan provides you with the necessary contact.

Post-Adoption Counseling

The final step of adoption in Texas is counseling as it helps birth mothers come to terms with adoption. Counselors can explain that ‘giving up a baby’ is not giving up, rather it is making a healthy sacrifice. These are counselors who’ve seen women in your exact situation and have supported them throughout the adoption process. Your adoption counselor will listen to your struggles and provide you with various therapy options to support you. Adoption counselors can help you express your post-adoption grief and help you slowly learn to cope with it.

Ways Adoption Choices of Texas in Austin Can Help You with an Unplanned Pregnancy

The adoption process in Austin might feel daunting at first, but with the right support you will be confident and comfortable through your adoption journey! If you are pregnant and have any questions, Adoption Choices of Texas can answer your adoption questions.

Adoption Choices of Texas is a licensed private adoption agency that provides you with supportive, empathic adoption professionals. Adoption Choices of Texas puede ayudarlo con la adopción de bebés.


Page content prepared by Nicholas Rodinos

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Adoption Choices of Texas in Austin
2021 Guadalupe St, Ste 260
Austin, TX 78705
Austin : 512-201-4400 (call or text)

En Español? 888-510-5029