Adoption

Adoption is a loving alternative for those who are either unable or unwilling to parent their child. Adoption is selfless and loving. Adoption sacrifices your desires for the well-being of your child. 

Open adoption is a commitment, for the sake of the child, to remove the anonymity from an adoption. In an open adoption, the adopting family and birth family exchange identifying information and make a commitment to stay in contact, realizing that birth families are an important part of a child's world. Open adoption is child-centered adoption. It recognizes and builds on the kinship network that links the two families through the child. The type of contact or communication in an open adoption can vary greatly by typically includes meeting together prior to the child's birth, exchanging letters and pictures (often electronically), and visiting on an agreed-upon, regular basis. In essence, the birth and adopting parents will begin to develop their own unique relationship which will be nurtured in various ways, as they consider what is best for their child.

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You will never forget the child you gave birth to, but you will have the peace of knowing that you made a loving choice to give him or her a stable, secure family and a future full of promise and hope.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is adoption?
A. Adoption is a process in which birth parents make a plan for their child to be raised by other parents. Permanent legal custody, with all of its rights and responsibilities, is transferred from the birth parents to the adoptive parents. It is a loving plan that focuses on the best interests of the child. 

Q. Can I choose who will adopt my child?
A. (Voluntary Adoption Only) You will be able to select parents for your child- in fact, this will be the most important decision you will make as a birth parent. The agency of licensee who will help you with the process has information about many couples who want to adopt. These couples have gone through an extensive screening process to make sure that they will be able to care for a child. You will want to work with your counsellor to decide what things are important to you as you choose a family for your child. 

Q. What rights does the birth father have?
A. Certain rights and responsibilities come with being a birth parent. With parenting or adoption, it is ideal for both parents to work together in planning for the child’s future. Both birth parents would be encouraged to sign consents to the adoption plan but there are exceptions to this, which your counsellor would be able to discuss. 

Q. What if I change my mind?
A. It is normal to wonder if you have made the right decision- this is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. It is normal to have second thoughts or to doubt your choice. With good counselling during your pregnancy, including making a plan for your time in the hospital, you should be able to work through your uncertainty.

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