It’s important to have a strong adoption support system in place during pregnancy and after the adoption. Even if it’s just one person, they can make you feel less alone right now.
The people in your support system can help you choose an adoptive couple, support you during your adoption planning, and maybe even help you with everyday tasks like errands or childcare.
You might be wondering who should be in your adoption support system. Think about who has your best interests in mind and who will listen to you. They’ll support you, even if they don’t agree with your decision.
Here are some people you could have in your adoption support system:
- Friend or roommate
- Boyfriend or husband
- Teacher, school counselor or mentor
- Your Adoption Coordinator
To create your support system, begin by asking yourself who you can talk to about your pregnancy. You could talk to your best friend, sister, or your mom. Your school counselor or pastor are good people to speak to because they’ll be able to discuss how your adoption decision will affect your education or faith.
If you’re not sure who to talk to, turn to your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime. At Lifetime Christian Adoption, you will have your own Adoption Coordinator who can be reached 24/7. She’ll be there for you during the entire adoption process. Plus, she can help you find a way to talk to your family and friends about adoption.
Your Adoption Coordinator will walk you through the adoption process, and make sure that you’re comfortable every step of the way. She can also educate people in your life about adoption, by providing them info and talking with them. You’ll feel less alone if you can have others in your life who understand the benefits of adoption. Your family and friends might get more supportive of your choice once they learn more about open adoption. Then, when you tell others of your adoption plan, they can be a helpful presence by your side.
There might be people who care about you but have a hard time supporting you emotionally. There are other ways they can help you during your pregnancy and post-adoption. Since they aren’t the best to talk about adoption with, they could help you with rides to doctor’s appointments, childcare, or by bringing meals as you recover from delivery.
Remember, your Adoption Coordinator is here to support you and can give you guidance on how to approach a family member or friend about adoption.
If you need help selecting your adoption support system, call 1-800-923-6784 to speak to an Adoption Coordinator.