Choosing to place your baby for adoption is a beautiful and selfless act of love. When you choose adoption in Monroe through St. Elizabeth Foundation, remember that you are in control of the adoption process. Our agency is here to support you every step of the way and provide you with information, resources, and emotional support as you navigate each decision.
From choosing the adoptive family to deciding your birth plan, we empower you to make the right decisions for you and your baby. But when choosing who to trust with raising your baby, how can you feel confident in your decision? These four factors may help to simplify the process of finding the family that is the best fit for your child.
1. Do You Share Values With the Adoptive Family?
Finding an adoptive family that shares your social or religious values may help you feel more comfortable trusting their ability to raise your child. Having common ground can also create a connection with the adoptive family. This bond can be beneficial for maintaining ongoing communication and openness in the adoption process. And, this can help give you some direction when choosing the right family for your placement.
2. What Is the Adoptive Family’s Lifestyle?
An adoptive family’s values, lifestyle, and interests can be attractive factors when choosing a placement family. For example, does the family have other children or pets? Do they travel often or have regular hobbies or special traditions they enjoy? These special interests help you get to know the adoptive family deeper and learn what makes them unique. Then, envision your baby growing up in this environment. You can find comfort in knowing your baby will grow up in a supportive environment where they can develop their own interests as they grow up.
3. What Is Their Relationship With Their Extended Family?
Beyond the adoptive family’s values and lifestyle, consider how much of a role their extended family will play in your baby’s life. Extended family can provide even more emotional support to your baby as they grow up. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins can help your baby feel more secure and connected with their adoptive parents. These family members are also available to help during challenging times. And, they can impart their own traditions and values to enrich your baby’s life for years to come.
4. Why Are They Choosing Adoption?
Knowing the adoptive couple’s reason for adopting establishes trust and transparency. Their story can help establish trust and respect in the relationship, which can be essential for maintaining ongoing communication and openness in the adoption. Their reasoning can also offer insight into how they plan to parent your baby. For example, if their determining factors for adopting is to provide a stable home for a child who needs one, you may feel more reassured that your baby will be loved and cared for in their adoptive home.
How St. Elizabeth Foundation Helps Facilitate Healthy Adoption in Monroe
At St. Elizabeth Foundation, we build bridges between birth mothers and adopting families. Birth mothers can browse profiles of adoption-ready families to choose the couple that they deem best for their baby. And before we make these profiles available, we ensure that each adoptive family meets our high standards for approval.
To begin, the adoptive family goes through a thorough preparation process. The process includes completing a home study to ensure they can provide a safe and welcoming living environment. They must also complete an assessment of their emotional and relational health. Next, parents share their reasons for choosing adoption and go through an educational program to help them learn more about the process. Finally, once approved, each family builds an adoption profile to share their story with birth mothers.
If you want to find potential adoptive families for your baby, St. Elizabeth’s can help establish the connection. Get in touch with us to learn more about our adoption process and how we can help you get started in Monroe. Give us a call at 225-769-8888 or send us a message. We’re happy to answer any questions, offer counseling services, and help guide you throughout your adoption journey.