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Modern adoption

When you’ve carried a baby, you’re a mother forever — and adoption doesn’t erase that fact. In fact, it gives you the freedom as a mother to choose a family who can best care for your child.

Placing your child for adoption doesn’t mean you don’t love your baby. It doesn’t mean that you don’t want to raise them. If you’re like most expectant moms, choosing adoption simply means that you aren’t in a place right now to give your baby the support they need and deserve.

Anyone can place their child for adoption

No matter what your story is, adoption can be part of it. Regardless of your age, background, socioeconomic status, culture, or religious beliefs, ASC will support you.

As you consider whether adoption is the right choice for you and your child, ASC will provide you the resources you need to make an informed decision.

What if my non-white baby is placed with a white family?

There’s a lot of talk about how adoption takes Black babies and babies from other cultures and places them with white families. In modern adoption, ASC makes sure that every family is educated to raise your child with respect for your heritage.

ASC’s families are committed to making sure that their transracial adoptees have racial mirrors as they grow up, so they can connect with people who share their racial or cultural background. ASC is passionate about supporting adoptees by offering their parents modern, relevant transracial adoption education.

Every family who is open to transracial adoption goes through extra education from professionals that teaches them to support your child’s specific racial and ethnic identity. They also read, listen and follow resources to become more informed about raising a child of a different race.

Choosing the right kind of adoption for you

Modern adoption gives you more choices as an expectant mom. You have the right to choose how much and what kind of contact you’ll have with your child.
Adoption with no contact 
  • Also known as “closed adoption.”
  • You can still choose to select the prospective adoptive family with a no-contact plan if you want, or the agency can choose for you.
    You can choose for there to be no contact between you and your child or their adoptive family at any point. 
  • You can be completely confidential for now, and you can always change your mind later. 
Adoption with contact 
  • Also known as “open adoption” or “semi-open adoption”. 
  • You can choose to select and meet your child’s adoptive family, and build a relationship with them that will last a lifetime. 
  • While that relationship will be unique, typically you can expect to share text messages, updates, photos and visits with your child and their adoptive family after placement. 
  • You can choose which of these you want, and which ones you don’t want.

All relationships ebb and flow, and an adoption relationship is no different. There may be times when you’re in contact often, and times when you desire to take a step back. ASC is here to advocate for you and help you navigate the relationship for life.

Want to know more about your rights as an expectant mother? The National Council for Adoption put together this helpful article that lets you know exactly what you’re entitled to.
Know Your Rights

Choosing an adoptive family for your baby

Adoption Support Center offers a judgment-free zone where you can honestly share your fears, hopes and ideas of what you want for your life and the life of your baby. Once we understand what gives you comfort, we can empower you to find an adoptive family that’s the right fit.

ASC families have gone through training and education to be the best adoptive parents possible. We encourage them to read, listen and follow people that have walked before them, so they are lifelong learners of all things adoption. These families are enthusiastically approved by ASC, and are ready to show love and respect for you as your baby’s birth mom.

We’ve put together helpful profiles so you can learn about our prospective adoptive families. You’ll see their photos and learn all about their relationships, their families, their homes and their lifestyles. That information can help you envision your child’s life, and pick a family you’d like to get to know better — and maybe even meet.

We know this can get overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Some women give us a list of qualities they want in a prospective family, and ask us to choose from our available families. That’s okay too! We’ll work together to find a family that makes you comfortable.
See Our Featured Families

Working with Adoption Support Center

“Support” isn’t just in our name — it’s our promise to you as a birth mom for all the years to come. Here’s what you can expect from our relationship when you choose adoption. 
  • One-on-one support 
  • Trauma and grief counseling 
  • Monthly in person and virtual birth mom support groups 
  • Birth mom events two times a year 
Want more information on adoption, or want to start the process? Our compassionate staff is here to help! There’s no contract, no obligation, and you can change your mind at any time.