Profile of a birth mother

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, what the major misconceptions about birth mothers giving their baby up for adoption are and explains the main characteristics that all of them share
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Profile of a birth mother

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There is a lot of misconception as to what the profile of a typical birth mother is. Obviously, all types of women place their baby up for adoption. One common thread that you will see -- Although their personalities vary as much as anybody else walking down the street. There is a similar thread of strength and selflessness because of the pain that a person who is choosing to place their child, voluntarily, up for adoption. It's not because they don't want their child. I've never met a birth parent who is not maternal. It's that they love their child so much, that they know the type of life they want their child to have, even if it means they can't give it to them. A typical birth parent really isn't in their young 20's, which surprises a lot of people. The amount of maturity, strength, and perspective it takes to be able to go through with this. It's unusual when a teenager has that. It is very special and teenage moms continue to amaze me everyday. The average is young 20's, just getting their life started, and would have to completely derail their plans in order to be a parent; which might not be in the best interest of their child anyway. An open adoption allows them to continue with their life plan and choose the type of life they want their child to have.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, what the major misconceptions about birth mothers giving their baby up for adoption are and explains the main characteristics that all of them share

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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center

Dr. Jennifer Bliss is the National Associate Counseling Director and Southern California Branch Co-Director at the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the preeminent open adoption agency in the United States. She is also the author of a new book on open adoption, Another Choice: A compassionate Guide to Placing a Child For Adoption.

Dr. Bliss attended the University of Southern California where she received a BA in Psychology and a B.S. in Education. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Welfare from University of California Los Angeles and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss supervises the Open Adoption Counselors in the Northern and Southern California offices and provides ongoing training and support for IAC counseling staff throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. Bliss was the featured counselor on "Adoption Diaries", WEtv's documentary series on Open Adoption.

Founded in 1982, IAC has been instrumental in pioneering open adoption. It is a counseling-based, licensed, nonprofit agency, and has facilitated over 4,000 adoptions, making it one of the oldest and largest fully open adoption agencies in the country. The agency also prides itself on the fact that it is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race.

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