Talking to your family about your adoption plan can be difficult, intimidating, and even scary. Thoughts of fear and rejection may flood your mind and make it an overwhelming task to even think about. “Will they understand my Arizona adoption plan? Will they support me? Will they try to fight it? Maybe I should just put it off for a while.” These thoughts are completely normal and understandable. Since private adoption or unplanned pregnancy is not widely discussed in every community, it is normal to be apprehensive about introducing something new to family members.
Feeling Comfortable Introducing Your Arizona Adoption Plan to Family and Friends
Here are some ideas to help you make the thought of talking to your family about adoption feel less overwhelming:
- Use a Buddy System – Ask a friend or support person to be there with you. This could even be your case manager! Your case manager would be a perfect support person in this instance because you will have a specialist to answer any questions your family may have right then and there.
- Be Confident & Committed – When your family sees you confident and solid in your adoption plan, this will show them this is something you take seriously and have educated yourself. Your pride in your adoption plan will be a model of how they can grow to have pride in your adoption choice alongside you.
- Include Them in Your Adoption Journey – Making them feel a part of the process and your Arizona adoption plan can ease their concerns. If you are comfortable with them meeting the adoptive family, consider showing them the adoptive family’s profile pictures or discuss with your agency about including them in one of your adoptive family phone calls/visits.
- Give Them Time – Just like you took time to think about your decision before moving forward in creating an adoption plan, give your family time to digest all of the information you provided them and come to terms with it in their own way.
Keeping information hidden from the most important people in your life is not realistic and challenging emotionally. This can become a major stressor in your life and make you feel less confident about your Arizona adoption plan. At the end of the day, your family loves you and wants what is best for you and your child. Any negative or emotional response may be fear-based. Talking to your family openly and honestly about adoption provides you the chance to build your support system while you make the best decision for your child.
AZ Pregnancy Help Supports and Assists Women Experiencing Unplanned Pregnancies and Looking for Alternatives to Abortion
Choosing the right adoption agency means choosing one that offers support, aftercare, and access to financial resources. Building Arizona Families offers all three of these resources for birth mothers.
Adoption is a beautiful choice and one that is increasingly becoming a more popular choice. If you are pregnant and are considering adoption, we are a licensed, full-service, non-profit Arizona Adoption Agency. We believe in adoption aftercare services and have a program on-site to provide continued support through the Donna K. Evans Foundation. You can contact us 24/7 at (623) 695-4112 or introduce yourself to us online HERE. You are not alone, and we want to help. Thank you for considering adoption, you are making a positive, life-changing choice for both you and your baby! Call or text: (623) 695-4112.