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What Is Adoption?

Every year between 15,000 and 18,000 women choose adoption. But what exactly is adoption?

Adoption is when an expecting mother voluntarily terminates her parental rights and places her baby with adoptive parents of her choosing.

The following is the equation of any successful adoption:

A Pregnant Mother who decides she isn’t ready to raise a child at this point in her life nor believes in abortion and chooses to pursue adoption.


Her Adoption Plan, a blueprint of her ideal adoption situation, including the amount of openness she wishes.


The Adoptive Parents she chooses, who will best match her adoption plan.


An adoption professional, such as an adoption agency or adoption attorney, will then complete the adoption and provide many other adoption services to the pregnant mother, such as:

  • Financial Support
  • Emotional Support and Counseling
  • Legal Work
  • Contact Services with Family

Please read our supporting articles to learn more about the facts of adoption.