Although the term "birth mother" is sometimes used to describe a pregnant woman during the process planning to place her child with an adoptive couple, a birth mother more often refers to a woman who has raised a child through the nine months of pregnancy and has already placed a child with an adoptive family. It is also used to refer to a biological mother in any other adoption circumstance. The necessity to distinguish between parental roles usually occurs after a birth mother's parental rights have been terminated and an adoptive mother assumes parental rights to the child.
What brings women to decide to place their child is usually for the best interest of the child. The woman may be making the decision because she doesn't have the resources to care for the child or she doesn't want the child to be brought up by a single parent. She may also be too young to raise a child alone or she may have educational or professional goals that would be greatly affected by the birth and raising of a child. Because placement of a child is a life-long and life-changing experience that a woman must make a nine-month commitment to, many women experience vastly different pre- and post-placement emotions and perspective that range from doubt, to grief and guilt. The experience can be especially difficult if she is young and felt pressured during the placement process. Many states have laws that regulate the period of time after placement that adoptive parents can cover counseling expenses or the kind of pre-placement expenses they can pay for. Although many women feel powerless during the adoption process, the law and most of the adoption community work their hardest to empower young mothers.
For many women, placing a child with an adoptive family is a life-long commitment that they may find themselves reflecting on at times that would be important in the child's life. It can be confusing, particularly later in life, so understanding what it means to be a birth mother early on, such as statutory rights pre- and post-placement, the possibility for an open adoption, and the potential for search and reunion when the child is a legal adult are all considerations that can make being a birth mother an easier role.
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Category: Birth Parents
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June 11, 2013, 2:12 pm
Well, we lost yet another situation over birth mother expenses. I failed to understand how a couple can feel comfortable paying large birth mother expenses even over the objection of ICPC and telling ICPC we will just move our state of residence. Something that a military couples cannot...For what reason did you "retire" from foster parenting?
June 13, 2013, 7:17 pm
[long]Come on, it is from TempMom, you know it is going to be long. Nobody has ever accused me of being too succinct.[/long] I just finished watching First Circle, again. I had forgotten about it. And as I posted on FB to my friends to watch it if they have time so they can see a bit of my life...
I have found my Mother and family
June 13, 2013, 8:49 pm
On July 10th of 2012 I called the Colorado state department of childrens services to update my address info within their registry.. ..The woman on the line (as i was trying to explain what I wanted to do seemed overly eager and interupted me by saying "yes, I have your last address lista as xxxx...Looking for birth parents Minnesota 12-13-1968
June 11, 2013, 9:02 pm
Born in Saint Paul Minnesota on December 13, 1968. I was adopted through catholic charities. My birth mother was assisted by seton services. I am looking for updated medical history from my birth parents. I have very limited info... Hoping for someone to help me out...
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