In today’s society, pregnancy announcements have become a big deal. People assemble elaborate photos and videos to share online. The reaction is almost always very positive as people like, comment, and express their excitement with the person who is expecting.
For women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, the situation is often quite different, especially if you’re planning on creating an adoption plan for your child. It’s not just a question of how you tell people about it, but who you tell in the first place.
Who Should You Tell?
For the most part, it’s up to the expecting mother who they wish to tell about their adoption plan. However, there can be exceptions, specifically regarding the father. Generally, you will need their consent before the adoption can be finalized. While there are ways around this, it’s typically best to handle it directly.
Outside of the father, most women will tell their parents/guardians at some point, especially if they still live with them. Depending on your situation, this can be a difficult step to navigate, especially if you’re not sure they’ll be supportive. It’s important to practice what you want to say and make sure you communicate why you’re choosing to create an adoption plan.
An adoption agency can help with this step, as they have likely counseled countless women from a variety of backgrounds. They’ll also provide advice on how to tell people outside of your family. While you don’t have to tell others or make any announcements, people will eventually notice your pregnancy, and it’s very likely you’ll start receiving questions.
Everyone Reacts Differently
Even amongst your close friends and family, it can be hard to predict how people will react to your adoption plan. Some will think it’s a wonderful thing to do, while others might not understand. Family members may urge you to keep the child, even offering assistance in raising them.
Do your best to explain your reasons to them and help them understand.
But also remember that it’s your choice, and it’s your child. You can’t control how others will react. All you can do is focus on providing the best future for your child.
Your Adoption Agency Can Help
Some expecting mothers are hesitant to choose adoption simply because they’re not sure how others will react. You should never let the opinions of others stop you from doing what you think is best for your child. While it can be difficult to explain your adoption plans to others, it is something you can and will get through.
With the right adoption agency by your side, the process can become much easier.
At Choosing Hope Adoptions, we are here for expecting mothers every step of the way. Whether you’ve officially decided on adoption, or you’re not sure what to do, we are here to help. A pregnancy is something no woman should have to go through alone.
For an adoption agency in Dayton, Columbus, and the rest of Ohio, contact Choosing Hope Adoptions today.