My name is Marriah. You may not know me, but I often think of you, and the time and energy you are spending to make this difficult and brave decision. I pray you will have peace in your heart knowing that making an adoption plan with the right person or family does not mean that your child will never know you, or your selflessness. They will know that your decision is the ultimate act of love.
I live in the suburbs of Maryland, very close to Washington, D.C. I am a licensed social worker and work for the government. I became a social worker mainly to help children. I enjoy helping others through my work, but it is time for me to focus on growing my family.
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
I recently attended a fun summer event. Participants wrote wishes, prayers, and pictures on lanterns and launched them into the Chesapeake Bay. It was nice seeing so many people out enjoying themselves this summer. If you are an expecting parent or parents exploring adoption, please know that I think of you often and am praying over your journey.
I am half Italian on my Dad's side and half Anglo (British Isles) on my Mom's side. Recently, I attended a fundraiser for the Italian American Heritage Foundation. The picture below is from that event. My heritage is very important to me. I am keenly sensitivity to the issues adoptive children experience when trying to learn about their heritage. I have been studying to help any child I am blessed with navigate any concerns they may have.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, I wanted to take an opportunity to let you know I am thinking about both parents this holiday season. I recently read a great article about how to honor birth parents during the holidays. Here are a few ways I plan on honoring birth parents during the holidays should I be blessed by adoption: 1) make an ornament of the birthparents for the Christmas tree 2) scheduling a visit if possible 3)praying for you. Again, just know that I am thinking about you this holiday season and sending my love Marriah
Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍁!I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. This year I spent it with a few of my friends and their family. I also attended Thanksgiving Eve Service at my church, which is one of my most favorite services of the year. At church we were encouraged to live in a spirit of gratitude. With that being said, I would like to thank you for taking the time read my profile. Really, thank you. I pray that you found something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
As someone that grew up in New England, I would have to say that fall is my favorite favorite time of year. The weather is so great and there are many outdoor family activities to enjoy. Every year I go to pumpkin patch, and take a hayride. I also like going to state or county fairs. It would be such a blessing to share these activities with a little one.
I recently took this picture of a rainbow, and I was inspired to do a little research on the meaning of rainbows. So, what do rainbows symbolize? The rainbow is most commonly known as a symbol of hope. Rainbows often appear after a thunderstorm or when everything is seemingly at its darkest to then spread light and ultimately, hope. Here are a few things that I think of when I see a rainbow: There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Every cloud has a silver lining. The sun is peeking through the clouds.
Happy July 4th! Summer is sure flying by. I had a great July 4th celebrating with friends. We swam in a friends pool and had a cookout. We ate hotdog, hamburgers, chicken, and cold salads. I would definitely say my favorite summer food is hotdogs :).
The last week was fantastic. I spent it on vacation with my family in Arizona! I got to see my mother's new house, swam, and we did a little hiking in the desert. My sister in laws were so kind. They spent the afternoon baking a birthday cake for me. It was a great time. So blessed to have them.
I recently went to see a Cirque du soleil. I actually have seen Cirque a fewctimes. Something about the Circus reminds me of my childhood. My father brought me to see the Circus several times. It was something we shared together. The Circus has changed some over the years but the spirit of fun is still the same. This is just one of the many fun events your child would experience.
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