Redefining Adoption


Adoption today is about people coming together, with great care and intention, to set out a path for their futures and the future of a child. Every year, we educate thousands of teens and professionals on what modern adoption looks like today. Find out more about our programs now.

Adoption Option Council of Minnesota seeks to be a source of accurate and honest information about adoption. If you are interested in learning more about adoption, or if you have experiences with adoption that you’d like to share, please contact AOCM. Together, we can ensure that people aren’t limited by outdated or incorrect perceptions of adoption.

Changing Old Thinking into New Thinking
During AOCM’s 30+ years, we’ve seen the face and approach of adoption change dramatically. But, when we talk with students, professionals and the public about adoption, even the most basic facts about modern adoption are surprising to them, including:

Who is a Birth Mother? A ‘birth mother’ is a woman who has made an adoption plan for her child. The average age of a birth mother is about 25 years old. Birth mothers are executives, community leaders, college students and single parents. They come from all steps and stages of life.

What is Open Adoption? Most voluntary infant adoptions in the United States are considered ‘open,’ meaning the birth mother and adoptive parents choose each other and continue to build their relationship over the years. The level of openness varies with each adoption, and it changes over time depending on the needs of everyone involved.

What are Reasons for Adoption? Decades ago, many women chose adoption simply for the fact that they were unwed. Today, women choose adoption for many reasons. A common reason is that they are already parenting and can’t support another child. Other reasons may include that they want to complete their studies and build their careers, or they are facing emotional or physical challenges. Many birth mothers relay that their primary reason for choosing adoption is that they want to create the best possible future for their child – one they aren’t able to provide at that specific point in time.

AOCM works tirelessly to remove stigmas and debunk myths. Why? Because people who choose adoption deserve support, not criticism. People who have been adopted deserve understanding, not judgment. Will you help?