The face of adoption has changed over the years. Birth parents now can choose a family for their child as well as the family’s income, background, religion, and other important things that matter. Future communications and contact between a biological parent and child is an option too.  That’s up to you.

Making an adoption plan can be done through a private adoption attorney or an agency. Some agencies provide housing, prenatal care, schooling options, counseling, and material assistance.

Options Clinic is not affiliated with any specific adoption agency and we do not profit from any choice that you may make.

As you consider adoption, here are some questions to ask yourself: 

  • Do you feel like your baby would have a better life if he/she were raised by a married couple who could offer him/her more than you can right now?
  • Do you think that your chances of accomplishing your personal goals would be greater if you were not a parent at this time in your life?
  • If you could choose the parents to adopt your child, would that make you feel more comfortable with adoption?
  • If you knew that you could tell your child your reasons for choosing adoption, do you think that would make your adoption decision easier?
  • If you were able to receive counseling and emotional support both during and after your pregnancy, would that help you deal with making an adoption plan?
  • If you knew that your child would be able to receive emotional support from an adoption professional if he/she needed it down the road – would that help you feel more confident about your adoption decision?
  • If you knew that all of the adoptive parents you had to choose from had first been required to spend years going through an extensive screening process before being approved to adopt a child, would that help you feel more certain about your child’s safety and security?

 

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Adoption Safety Checklist

  1. Ensure there has not been any legal action taken against the agency you are interested in using by contacting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
    Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
    P.O. Box 149030
    E-550
    Austin, TX 78714-9030
    Phone: 512-438-3269
    www.dfps.state.tx.us
  2. Request at least three references from the agency.
  3. Check for adoptive parent support groups in your area by searching the National Foster Care & Adoption Directory.