As the birth mother you are concerned about the long-term well being of your child.1 It’s a natural and admirable desire to want the best for him or her. Open Adoption is a way to do just that. Although it might sound intimidating, an open adoption simply refers to any situation where the adoptive parents and the birth mother know each other and exchange identifying information. The depth of the exchange can vary and plans for future communication are discussed either with the parents at the time of interview or through the designated adoption practitioner. You have many rights in this process and you take an integral role in interviewing the future parents. You choose the best couple for your child and take an active role at just about every stage of the adoption process.
Both the birth mother and biological father are entitled to independent legal counsel whose costs are paid for by the prospective adoptive parents. Even if in the end, you choose not to place your child for adoption, there will be no cost to the birth parents at all.
Here are some important things to remember:2
- Realize you have choices, understand your rights
- Educate yourself on the process
- Professionals in the field exist to help you
- No one can make this decision for you
- This is not an emergency
- Take the time to fully consider all of your options
There are various links to supportive resources for birth parents and adoptive parents. Information on adoptions in NL is available at:
A support resource for women who placed their child for adoption can be found here:
Women who have chosen to place their child for adoption share a network of support and friendship.
Here are some of the most comprehensive websites in Canada which will provide you with the information you need including a registry of parents that are waiting to adopt a baby:1
Find out more about adoption by calling Adoption Connections at 1-519-514-9993 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Signal Hill. Signal Hill Pregnancy Resource Guide. http://www.thesignalhill.com/images/stories/docs/Signal-Hill-Pregnancy-Resource-Guide.pdf (Accessed April 30th, 2012).
- Birth Mothers. Canada Adopts. Retreived on Feb. 5, 2010, from http://www.canadaadopts.com/birthmothers/professionals.shtml#mistakes