You're considering placing your baby for adoption - but what is it all about? What steps do you need to take? You may have already started researching adoption and discovered the amount of information can be overwhelming. Don't worry - that's why we're here. Placing a baby for adoption is different for every woman. However, there are some simple steps that every woman should take to prepare for adoption.

Don't Ignore Your Emotions

Placing a baby for adoption is an emotional time. It is completely normal for birthmothers to feel stress, sadness, confusion, uncertainty and regret. At the same time, there will also be moments of joy and affirmation. It is important that birthmothers deal with their emotions head on to ensure they are making the best decision. If you're having trouble organizing your emotions or deciding if adoption is right for you, our adoption counselors are always available to talk.

Talk to Someone

As mentioned, our adoption counselors are available to talk anytime. If you're not ready to speak with an adoption specialist, consider talking to a family member or friend, or even other birthmothers. There are plenty of birthmother organizations that are meant to help women going through the adoption process or who have already placed a baby for adoption. Talking through your thoughts and/or concerns about adoption can help immensely with your final decision.

Consider Adoption Vs. Parenting

It is important to consider all of your options before making the decision to give a baby up for adoption. Of course, parenting is always an option, and one we strongly encourage you to consider. Every birthmother has a unique situation. While placing a baby for adoption might be right for one circumstance, it may not be for another. Adoption and parenting each have their ups and downs, and they can be equally rewarding. Consider each carefully before choosing. This article about adoption vs. parenting may help.

Research Adoption Agencies

Every adoption agency is different. They offer different programs, different services and work with a variety of adoptive families. We suggest speaking with at least two agencies before deciding which to work with. Most adoption agencies will offer financial benefits such as assistance with living expenses, medical bills and other pregnancy related costs. They will also refer you to an adoption attorney in your state, amongst many other necessary services. Most importantly, you want to find an agency that cares. We offer free counseling and education services to every birthmother we meet.

Look at Adoptive Families

How do you picture your child's future? This is a question every birthmother must ask herself before choosing an adoptive family. We work with adoptive families of all types, including traditional couples, single parents and the LGBT community. Each family has met the state licensing standards to adopt a baby and are eager to provide a loving home for a child. We make it easier than ever for birthmothers to find the right family via our online adoptive family profiles. Each profile includes detailed descriptions of their life, relationship, extended family, home and traditions along with photos and fun facts.

Placing a baby for adoption is not easy. Our goal is to educate birthmothers on the adoption process so they can be as comfortable as possible. If you're pregnant and considering adoption, it's time to start thinking about what's involved. Please contact us any time for more information or just to talk. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.