Adoption is the process of granting legal parental rights of a child to an individual or family who are not the biological parents of the child. Adoption includes an expecting mother or couple who make a loving and brave choice to give their child a new family who is 100% prepared to parent.
We think the benefits of adoption are many, including some very important ones: You will be in control of the entire process, you will select your child’s family, and you will have the opportunity to pursue your goals and prepare for your future. See the 10 Virtues of Adoption for more about the benefits of adoption.
An open adoption is a type of adoption plan that allows a birth mother to stay in contact or have some kind of connection with her child and the child’s family throughout their lifetime. Open adoptions can look a variety of different ways depending on the needs and wants of everyone involved. Open Arms encourages open adoption plans as it is usually in the best interest of the child.
Closed adoptions refer to adoption plans where there is no ongoing communication or relationship between birth mother and child once the adoption has been finalized. Closed adoptions were more popular in the past, but this has changed. Sometimes a closed adoption may be the right choice. An adoption professional at Open Arms can help walk you through adoption plan options and help you select what is right for you and your child.
You do! We are here to help you figure figure out what you are looking for in an adoptive family, and support you in choosing the family that is the right fit for your child. Open Arms encourages expectant mothers to look over the parent profiles we provide thoroughly to learn more about them and find the right family that matches what you are looking for.
All services that Open Arms provides to expectant parents are free of charge.
Financial assistance is available to cover some of or all of your expenses that are associated with having a child. Some of these costs may be living expenses, transportation to medical appointments, medical bills, prenatal vitamins, or groceries. Open Arms will talk with you in more detail about your specific situation to learn how we can support you in the best way.
Open Arms values the time we spend working with an expectant mother, and we want to stay in touch with you! You are part of our family moving forward and we are excited to work with you further. We always provide you with continued counseling, and can help you fill out college applications, we are here to help. We also offer an additional
opportunity for you as Open Arms alumni to serve as a birth mother mentor to other
expecting girls in the future.