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Unplanned Pregnancy and Choosing Adoption During the Holiday Season

By Amaya Jones

Pregnancy. The miracle of life. It can be an extremely exciting time in a person’s life. It can be an extremely exciting time in a person’s life. It’s thrilling. It can be filled with so much joy. It can also, however, feel extremely daunting — which is only natural. These conflicting emotions can be further complicated by an unplanned pregnancy, which can lead to a number of complicated and serious questions: Do you want to have this baby? Are you in a position to have this baby? How will you take care of this baby if you choose to have it? And what if you decide not to raise the baby?

Considering Adoption Through the Holidays

After giving it much thought, you are considering adoption in Kansas. You decide that adoption might be the best choice for both you and your baby. It was a heavy decision to make, but you know it’s for the best. Any pain you feel is valid and should be felt, not ignored. Now it’s time to start looking for adoption agencies. A Kansas adoption agency’s purpose is to help birth parents find adoptive families. A very good choice for such an agency is Adoption Choices of Kansas. They will help you through this process. If you are beginning your adoption journey, you should be aware of the 3 different types of adoptions in Kansas: open adoption, semi-open adoption, and closed adoption.

The Different Types of Adoption

When you think of adoption, you probably imagine a baby or child being put into the care of their non-birth parents and being raised by their adoptive parents. While yes, that is essentially what happens, there’s a bit more to adoption than that. There are different types of adoption, each with its own distinct premise. An open adoption is where you and your baby’s adoptive parents have contact with each other and come together to care for your baby. Your support network grows in this scenario. In contrast, a closed adoption is where you and the adoptive parents of your baby have no contact or exchange information about the child’s development. A semi-open adoption is a mixture of the two: there may be some contact between the two parties, but actually meeting in person hardly happens. Look into each type of adoption. See what would work best for you. Remember, the choice is yours. 

Adoption During the Holidays

The holidays are a time when family comes together. It’s one of the few times a year when the entire family (hopefully) can get together as one. Some relatives make long journeys to be with loved ones. In a way, your baby will be taking their own journey. They will be meeting their adoptive family. One of the emotions this can bring up for you as an expectant mother who is giving her child up for adoption is anxiety. Trying to find an adoptive family during the holiday season can prove challenging; many babies are waiting to be placed. But don’t let this discourage you. All that means is that we will be working extra hard to find a wonderful home for my baby. Follow your adoption plan (once you’ve made one), and everything will be fine. 

Have no fear about what lies ahead. This is a big step you are taking. Trust yourself. Follow your instincts. Remember that you are not alone in this. At Adoption Choices of Kansas, we are here to help. Happy Holidays!

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