Adding to Your Family Through Adoption
When a family’s true desire is to become parents, not to become pregnant, adoption is a beautiful way to build their family. It is a way for expectant mothers to provide more for their children, and it is a way for a couple to realize their dreams of becoming parents. This can happen through a domestic adoption, international adoption, foster care adoption, or step-parent adoption.
No matter how or why you choose to grow your family through adoption, Adoption Answers can help you complete your adoption journey.
How Adoption Answers Can Help
We provide services for those who are placing a child for adoption in Texas as well as services for Christian families throughout the U.S. who wish to adopt a child.
While we’re only able to provide child placement services for domestic adoptions, we can provide home study and post-placement services for families who are adopting a child through other means, including international adoption.
Growing Your Family Through Adoption vs Biologically
If you are new to adoption, you may have many questions about raising an adopted child, about birth parents, or about the adoption process itself.
However, while it’s true that there are many differences between adopting a child and giving birth to a child, the end result is the same— a family full of love.
The key similarities between adoption and having a child biologically are simple:
- You can share in the excitement of welcoming a new member to your family
- You’ll have all the same parent-child relationships as you would with a biological child
- Your children will share sibling bonds, regardless of whether or not they share DNA
Adopted children are no different than biological children, and adoptive families will tell you the same. But there are some differences that will make your journey to become a family a unique one:
- You’ll have a lifelong connection to your child’s birth family, even if you don’t share an open adoption with them
- Your child will have traits of their birth family in addition to traits they share with you
- You’ll need to release some of the “knowns” and expectations that come with having a child biologically in favor of embracing the unknowns of adoption (for example, it doesn’t always take nine months to adopt a child!)
Life After Adoption
There is no true “end” to an adoption. The reality is that adoption is a lifelong journey of navigating the roads of parenthood, answering questions about adoption, and (hopefully) building a relationship with the child’s birth parents.
No longer a taboo subject, adoption is now celebrated among families and shared with children from an early age. Today, most domestic adoptions are either open or semi-open, meaning adoptive families maintain some form of contact with their child’s birth parents. Unlike the closed adoptions of the past, these open lines of communication provide immeasurable benefits for the birth parents, the adoptive parents, and the adopted child.
For birth parents of domestic adoptions, post-placement contact allows them to see that their child is happy and well cared for, assuring them that their adoption decision was for the best and helping them to heal. An open line of communication with their child’s birth parents allows adoptive parents to ask questions about their medical history should the child become ill.
Adopted children perhaps benefit the most from an open adoption. Allowing contact between child and birth parents can help them learn about their history and roots, providing a better sense of self and boost confidence. One of the greatest benefits of openness is simply love. A child can never have too many people who love them.
Learn more about how to adopt a child in Texas now— call us at 1-800-659-7541.