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I am about 9 weeks and intending on adoption, but I don't know exactly where to start. My parents are trying to be supportive but it just seems so overwhelming with all the different options. I really have no clue where to start the process, what I should be looking for in an agency, or what I need to do to make this easier. Please help.
Hi! My name is Jen....my birth daughter's name is Olivia and she is 11 years old now. Welcome to the birth moms board! You are embarking on one of the most difficult decisions of your life and I am sure things will seem like they are going too fast and yet too slow at the same time. You have a decent amount of time for everything to fall into place so don't feel rushed in any way.
Do you have a crisis pregnancy center in your town or in a nearby town? I'd start by googling your zipcode and crisis pregnancy center and see what comes up. They will have all the resources to point you in the direction you need to go and will be supportive in your decision. They are NOT just for terminating pregnancies so don't be misled. Else wise I'd google adoption agencies and your zipcode. I know it seems like a lot but once you get going and feel comfortable things will just fall into place.
Do you know if you prefer an open or closed adoption? What sorts of families you are interested in placing your infant with, etc? Start making lists of what sorts of things are important to you because this process should be all about what you need and want.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have or even lean on us for any support.
Crisis pregnancy centers generally have a list of adoption agencies they can provide you, I would suggest doing some research on a couple local agencies and meeting with 2-3 of them to see who you feel most comorftable with. I went through a local non profit christian based agency.
Once you find an agency they will begin talking with you about all the options you have, and will provide counseling. And the ladies here on the Birth Moms board have all been in your shoes at one point, so feel free to ask anything!