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SkylarAs sentient beings, we are designed to love our unborn children. It is a natural affection that helps us to care for our babies. When a woman discovers she is pregnant, it is natural for her to love that baby, and developing a bond with her unborn baby comes naturally as the pregnancy progresses. The love that women feel for their babies while pregnant becomes tangible when he/she is born. I think that process of finally meeting the object of our affection is a part of what makes adoption difficult for birth parents.
Before Matthew was born, I was absolutely certain I wanted to place him for adoption. There were no doubts about whether or not I would go through with it. I loved him, and I could not help but to love him. He is my son. During the pregnancy, I knew I loved him, but it did not feel like the same kind of love that I felt during my pregnancies with Edward and Matthias. I loved Matt, but I felt detached from him. I still rubbed my belly and played music for him. I talked to him and cried over the loss I was already feeling. However, I also had to tell myself every day that at the end of this pregnancy, he is not coming home with me. That act of self-preservation kept me from fully bonding with him.
The love that birth parents feel is just as real and intense as any other parent’s love for their children. Matt’s parents loved him before I even decided to place him with them. It was just something I knew and felt in my heart. It was amazing really. When I talked to them as I was looking for a family for Matt, I could tell they already loved him. When I told them I have decided to place with them, it seemed they loved him even more. They were able to experience that pregnancy love. When we met, we were all able to bond with each other, each of us sharing a love for our son.
As a full-service adoption placement agency, A Act of Love helps birthparents and prospective adoptive parents through every step of the adoption process. Their understanding, caring staff is well educated and has personal adoption experiences.
Focused on placing children in loving environments and nurturing homes, they have been working to place birthparents with adoptive families for more than two decades. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, they rely primarily on donations and adoption fees. They do not accept state or federal funding. For more than 20 years, they have focused on adhering to the strongest ethnical and moral business practices. They have participated in thousands of successful adoptions and with a caring multi-ethnic staff they also have experience working with ethnic adoptions.
Using an outreach program throughout the United States, they work with birthparents in every state and abide by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), which ensures that children are well cared for despite their birthplace and residency states.
A Act of Love specializes in infant adoption placements and also features less than average wait times for adoptive parents. As a comprehensive, full-service agency, they offer home study services for adoptive families, including post-placement services. They also feature adoption orientation classes and parenting classes.
They specialize in offering several adoption programs, including those that focus on open, semi-open and closed adoption plans. With onsite legal services, they also work with adoption financial aid. As a professional agency, they encourage birthparents and adoptive parents alike to be cautious of companies that claim all birthing expenses are paid.
With their experienced team of professionals, they offer a specialized social work team, birth parent coordinators and experienced office staff members. Birthparents can easily browse adoption profiles online, learning more about prospective adoptive parents. Additionally, these profiles feature pictures and information directed towards birthparents.
They offer birthparents medical, legal and financial assistance, understanding that unexpected pregnancies can be a costly, life changing experience for birthparents. They also work with birthparents and adoptive parents to facilitate both open and closed adoptions, helping ensure that both parties create a plan that meets their desires and needs.
Birthparents may receive complimentary pregnancy counseling before, during and after adoption placement. They also ensure that birthparents have access to specialized counseling anytime of day or night, including weekdays and weekends. Some birthmothers decide to relocate to Salt Lake City, Utah, during the latter parts of their pregnancies. If needed, they can provide relocation support and housing, including coordination to and from doctor appointments.
Privacy is always of the utmost importance at A Act of Love, whether people choose open, semi-open or closed adoptions. Serving Utah since 1993, they are also subject to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), which means they work to facilitate adoptions in all states. As a reputable adoption agency, they have both positive and difficult adoption experiences. They will provide birthparents and adoptive parents with all types of references, allowing them to make their own personal adoption decisions. Their adoption experts are more than willing to discuss adoption in more detail and highly encourage interested parties to contact them directly with any questions.If you are a birth mother call 1-800-835-6360 at any time.