While it’s very common for people to say, “give baby up for adoption,” or “put baby up for adoption,” those are not phrases that we like to use here at Colorado Christian Services. We prefer to say, “place baby for adoption,” or “make an adoption plan.” The reason is that “give up” or “put up” seems to imply that this path ends at placement or that someone is admitting defeat.
In all actuality, it’s quite different. Choosing adoption is a selfless, loving act that is made with the child’s best interests in mind. When women decide to make an adoption plan, they are choosing to give the child the best life possible – one that they feel they wouldn’t be able to provide at this moment. Choosing adoption doesn’t make someone a bad parent or a bad person. In fact, putting a child’s needs ahead of your own is something any good mother would do.
If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in Colorado and are unsure of what to do, we can help. Here is how the typical adoption process works.
Even if you’re still unsure of whether or not adoption is right for you, you can always reach out to us. We work with women from all backgrounds and at various stages of pregnancy, from early on to in the delivery room, and even after delivery. You can call or text us at any time. We’re here 24/7, 365 days a year, and anything you say to us is entirely confidential.
If you need help evaluating your options, you can set up an appointment to meet with one of our caseworkers, wherever is most convenient for you. It could even be over the phone or through video chat.
When you attend your first meeting with one of our caseworkers, they will start the session by trying to get to know you a little better. They’ll learn about your story, your values, and what is important to you in life. They’ll also ask you about the future you hope your child will have. From there, they’ll help you explore your pregnancy options – walking you through each one, step-by-step. You will never be pressured in any way to choose adoption, and instead will be presented with accurate and unbiased information.
If you choose to move forward with adoption, one of our caseworkers will help you formulate an adoption plan. The adoption plan will include a detailed outline of your preferences and wishes for you and your child’s future.
It may include things such as:
After you’ve created your adoption plan, your caseworker will help you obtain any resources that may be useful to you at this time, at no cost to you.
These resources may include:
When your delivery day comes around, it’s crucial for you to know that you will not be alone. Your caseworker will be in regular contact with you, and as the day approaches, they’ll be checking in as much as you’d like. If you desire, they will be available to visit you at the hospital and ensure that all the details you outlined in your birth plan are honored.
As for the legal aspect, Colorado Christian Services will be there to assist you with the forms you need to complete to place your baby for adoption. Once these forms are completed, your baby can be placed with the adoptive family you have chosen.
After placement, you’ll likely feel a vast range of emotions. But remember, you’re not alone during this time. It’s critical that you have someone with whom you can openly share your feelings and confide in. We will continue to meet with you for as long as you would like and we offer a monthly support group you can join with other women who have walked a similar path. We want to ensure that you’re getting the help you need during this new chapter in your life. Call us today. We would love to talk with you.