5 of Your Rights as a Birth Mother in Reno
When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, you are likely feeling overwhelmed. That’s perfectly natural, and there is nothing wrong with that. There could even be some fear about choosing adoption on the table. Not knowing if you’ll be taken advantage of or led astray.
Those are all very valid worries, and there is nothing wrong with those thoughts either. However, you are safe here at Adoption Choices of Reno. No one is going to force you into a decision that you aren’t comfortable with. If that isn’t enough to calm your nerves, though, we have more information for you. This regards your rights as a birth mother in the state of Nevada and how that impacts your adoption journey.
That said, what are your rights as a birth mother?
You can Change Your Mind
Believe it or not, you can get all the way to the hospital and realize you don’t want to go through with the adoption. Adoption is always going to be your choice, and if you find yourself changing your mind, you can. Say you get halfway through the process and realize that you can raise a child, you can call the adoption off. No one is going to judge you for that. You are more than a number in the system. You are a human being who is going through a hard process and we want to help you do what is right for you.
You Make Your Adoption Plan
You are the one in charge of your adoption plan. Of course, there are items that have to be included, but you don’t have to worry about those alone. Your adoption caseworker is going to be there to help you with all the information. In the end, though, you are the one making the choices for what you want in your adoption. This can be from the type all the way to what kind of ideal parents you want for your child. If you want to make changes to your plan, you can too.
You Get to Choose Your Child’s Adoptive Parents
You get to decide if you want our adoption agency to pick the adoptive parents, or if you want to. You can interview the potential adoptive parents and get a feel for who they are and if they are a good match. Your adoption caseworker is already going to narrow the potential candidates down through showing you a selected number of adoptive parent profiles that are based on your preferences and requirements. Once that process is done, you get to decide which family is right. You have the right to decide who is going to be a good fit for you and your child. If you change your mind on what you want for a potential adoptive parent, you can do that too. Maybe you want to open it up to LGBTQ+ or even transracial. The options are there for you to pick from.
You Decided Your Post-Placement Relationship
This is a little more complicated than just deciding you and the adoptive family are going to get along well. What this means is that you can decide what type of contact you have with the adoptive family. You can either have very open communication, semi-open communication, or none at all. If you have very open communication, you can still decide that you don’t want to be contacted for a while. What matters is that you make the choice on what you’d like to see in the long run.
You Get Counseling
You are going to be offered counseling programs when you decide to go forward with adoption. It is recommended that you find one that works for you, as it will help make this journey easier. However, it is up to you to decide if you want to go to them or go with someone you already see. What matters is that there is a professional to help you out. There can be a flurry of emotions that happen and they can be overwhelming. Having someone who is experienced with them and can help you work through them makes all the difference.
Your Rights as a Birth Mother
As a birth mother, you are going to be juggling your fair share of responsibilities. No matter what, though, you have the right to get the opportunity you want out of this. You have control over almost everything that happens during your adoption process. The goal of adoption is to make sure you and the adoptive parents agree with the terms, and your child gets a chance at a different life. Just remember that you get to have a say in almost everything.
Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across Nevada since 2012. You can call us to speak to someone now!