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Marketing Intern Kelly Paczkowski is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing through Southern New Hampshire University. She has a love of writing and is always willing to take on new challenges. Kelly has been in the Banking Industry for over 22 years, working as a teller, call center, and branch manager. Showing hard work and dedication, Kelly has worked as a full-time employee and pursued her passion over the past five years. Proving that anytime is a good time to develop a new skill. She is ready to explore new horizons and prove herself in a media-driven profession
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys writing poetry and spending time with her husband and children. Kelly currently lives on a thirteen-acre farm in Wisconsin.

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Mackenzie Sutton is a sophomore undergraduate student attending Georgia State University, double majoring in film & media and journalism. Mackenzie hopes to pursue a career in television screenwriting or a writing job within the media. She enjoys writing about topics that are new to her simply because she loves to research and learn about new things. Though new to blogging, Mackenzie has become a content writer for Marketing Choices in hopes of perfecting her writing craft and building an outstanding portfolio. Outside of being a full-time student and intern, Mackenzie enjoys gaming, watching new films, and listening to music. She is passionate about being creative and creating meaningful content that’ll one day help many people.

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Abortion v. Adoption: The Texas Showdown New Laws

By Jacob LaBau

The overturning of Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court has had little to no effect on adoption rates and surrogacy in Texas. Abortion laws have been ever-changing. Both state and federal laws have changed since 2021, making it illegal to have an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy in Texas. These new laws will increase the number of birth mothers choosing to raise a child and may cause an increase in adoption. Although it is challenging to place sole reasoning on the overturning of Roe v. Wade for an increase in adoptions, something has caused a spike. Amanda Bailey is an adoption specialist at Adoption Choices of Texas. She explains her thoughts on if adoption rates will continue to increase.

“We thought COVID was going to slow down adoption rates, but believe it or not, COVID has caused an increase in adoptions. I can’t necessarily say if it will continue to increase. The number has stayed fairly average, with the slightest increase in birth mothers choosing adoption. I think right now it is too early to tell,” Bailey said.

The prevalence of COVID may have caused an opposite effect on adoption rates. What is believed to be a virus that slows down most business operations, Adoption Choices of Texas saw an increase in adoptions. Jennifer Morrison, executive director at Adoption Choices of Texas, speaks more on birth mothers increasingly choosing adoption. 

“I feel that it’s a combination of coming off COVID and the heartbeat bill rather than overturning Roe v. Wade. More and more people did not call us last second to avoid being a parent. I think it’s very, very new. It just happened, you know. Most people who are choosing adoption are 4-5 weeks pregnant, which is still outside the two weeks of when the overturning took place,” Morrison said.

The overturning of Roe v. Wade is too recent in Jennifer’s eyes to place cause and effect. The Texas Heartbeat Act bans abortion after detecting embryonic or fetal cardiac activity, normally occurring after about six weeks of pregnancy. The mixture between the heartbeat bill and COVID is responsible for the noticeable adoption increase. Jennifer also talked about the correlation between adoption and abortion.

“Adoption is not necessarily an alternative, and they are feeling very displaced. It’s a very triggering and emotional decision. They feel discredited. Abortion and adoption don’t necessarily go hand in hand either. They decided to pursue adoption at their own given time, not due to a law. They decided independently and willingly made an adoption plan because they wanted to do that. You don’t necessarily abort or adopt. It’s discrediting them. They are concerned that as a woman, it is looked at as “Just do an adoption,” and it isn’t an easy decision,” Morrison said.

Some birth mothers are distraught at the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, but it will not affect adoption rates as some would believe. Just because a birth mother cannot pursue abortion does not mean a birth mother will choose adoption. Adoption can be an emotional journey that requires a lot of analysis before a birth mother commits to it.

Jenny Womack is a solo practitioner, outside counsel for Adoption Choices of Texas, and president of the Academy of Adoption and Assistance Reproduction Attorneys. She believes that we will see an increase in adoptions due to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, but we will see a larger impact in something else.

“I think there will be a little increase. I don’t know how dramatic it will be. Where the dramatic increase will be in Child Protective Services cases, where the kids are being removed from dangerous situations, I think there will be more deaths. We will see it more in private adoptions, a bigger impact on CPS or whatever the equivalent is in other states. More prepared, more capable. I think for a lot of people, when they are forced to give birth. They have three options: parent, voluntary adoption, or CPS cases. Whether they leave them in a safe haven or not, we will probably see an increase in abandonment. Choosing to place a child up for adoption is such a difficult decision, so either people choose to parent, and that goes fine, or maybe it doesn’t, and they resort to abandonment. For many, that is the path because placing a child is such a difficult decision, especially if the family is unsupportive. Making an adoption plan reflects the intention of the birth parents, and they are making a choice,” Womack said.

Based on Jenny’s predictions, the United States will see a larger impact on CPS (Child Protective Services) cases than on adoption. Jenny shares the same thinking as Jennifer regarding there not being a correlation between adoption and abortion. Is the Texas Heartbeat Act subject to change, and are there any other implications due to this new bill?

“It makes it a felony to perform an abortion in Texas. It would not surprise me to see some bills to make it a criminal act to obtain an abortion. Whether it goes there or not, those conversations will happen in January. The Oklahoma law is from conception, whereas ours is still from unintended consequences of surrogacy. Conception is in the womb. What happens if a doctor destroys embryos? These are things that need to be addressed before we start seeing them in real-time,” Womack stated.

All in all, no conclusive evidence was found due to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which has caused an increase in birth mothers pursuing adoption. The Texas Heartbeat Act and COVID may have had a noticeable effect on adoption rates, but nothing is certain. Where the United States will see an impact is in CPS cases. Adoptive parents will no longer get the freedom to choose a perfect birth mother. The laws currently in place in Texas may see changes in the future. There is a lot to think about regarding the well-being of a child, involuntary adoptions, and sketchy abortions that are not protected by the current laws the U.S. has in place. For pregnancy resources, please contact any of the numbers below. 

Children/Parenting/Pregnancy Services:

  • Adoption Services: https://www.adoptionchoicesoftexas.org | 888-307-3340 pregnancy or at delivery, it’s never too late!
  • Abortion Services: 800-230-PLAN | time sensitive <6 weeks gestation
  • After morning pill: please visit any drug store, grocery store, or pharmacy; take within 72 hours of unprotected sex
  • Safe Haven Law: 888-307-3340 or take your baby to any hospital, fire station, or emergency medical service and give to an employee | 877-904-7283 | <60 days old

Adoption – The Moment of Truth: Adoptee’s and Meeting Birth Parents

By Jacob LaBau

Many children who are part of a closed adoption are left with unanswered questions about their birth parents, such as who or where they are. Most adopted children attempt to locate their birth parents once they are of age to explore their “roots” freely. The birth parents may or may not be the person the child believes them to be. But, it is an opportunity for a child who grew up without knowing their birth parents to fire off questions and receive closure. The curiosity about who their birth parents are and why they chose adoption will cause them to seek out their birth parents inevitably. Take Tom Gelles as an example.

Tom is one of four brothers and sisters, and out of those four, he was the only child placed for adoption. In 1969, the year of Tom’s adoption, many were seen to be religious and traditional. This meant that terminating was off the table. Tom’s birth mother was 13 years old when she became pregnant with him. 

“My birth mother really wanted to keep me. She was in the South Miami area at the time. She thought the guy that got her pregnant loved her. He was a teacher and would have been arrested in today’s world. I have no desire to meet him, not something that was important to me at all. My grandparents insisted she give the baby up for adoption. She had horrible nightmares and hated her parents for giving him up. At that point, she wanted out of South Florida. She ran off at 16-17 with the first guy who promised to take her out of South Florida. The thought of running into me on a Miami street someday tore her apart. I’m thankful that she gave me up, I would never tell her that, but I truly am thankful,” Gelles said.

Tom understood that his birth father was not the kind of guy he cared to meet. His birth father lacked morals and wasn’t the type of person Tom wanted in his life. Fortunately for Tom, he finally met his birth mother and believes it was a positive experience.

“For me, it was a great decision. When I was in my 20s, I rebelled pretty hardcore. I did my own thing, and it may have been a little bit rooted in that curiosity. There were always these looming questions where I would think about them at night,” Eventually, through searching on both sides (mother and Tom), they met. “I flew her out, and I asked a million questions. In my eyes, it was strictly for closure,” Gelles said.

Gelles does not have an overbearing desire to find his birth mother, but his curiosity stuck with him. For him, it was a positive experience. But this may not always be the case, and some adopted children have no interest in meeting their birth parents.

“While 66% of adopted women search for their birth relatives, only 34% of adopted men do so. According to the study, whether or not an adopted would look for his birth parents depended on how much affection the adoptive mother showed him: Only 9% of non-searchers felt unloved, compared to 23% of searchers who said they didn’t feel loved or weren’t sure whether their adopted moms loved them. However, it is worth noting that 77% of those who searched—the overwhelming majority—did feel loved by their adoptive mothers” (Howe, 225).

An adopted child who feels loved by their adoptive mother may not be as inclined to search for their birth mother. 

Amy Bryant is the director of Adoption Choices of Kansas and has adopted two children of her own. When asked if she had notified her two daughters that they were adopted, Amy had this to say, “Yes, absolutely. It was a part of the dialogue even before comprehension of the topic. We made sure we brought up the topic a lot. We explained what it meant to be adopted, and it helped her understand why. We didn’t want it to be a secret or anything she would be ashamed of. We wanted it to be a part of her life story.”

Ms. Bryant also detailed her professional work experience where she worked closely with foster care children, “I have other experience working in a foster care situation where I can’t speak for my own child, but I do know that it is beneficial and helpful to know where they came from. My daughter is very grateful for the relationship that she has with the birth mother. It’s nice to not have a lot of mystery surrounding where she came from.”

Amy approached the adoption topic early on with her children and helped them embrace it. Instead of refraining from talking about the topic, it became a part of who they are. Amy has noticed positive effects stemming from the overall openness of communication between her daughter, the birth parents, and herself.

The key takeaway from this article is that it may not always be a positive experience for an adopted child to meet their birth parents, but it will provide closure. Amy took this one step further by including the birth parents early into her children’s lives, which in her case, has proven to be beneficial for everyone included. Even though the statistics suggest that adopted children will feel loved by their birth mother, it will vary from person to person. An adopted child who is loved by their adoptive parents will have less interest in finding their birth mother. All in all, adopted children should examine their relationship with the adoptive family and can make a decision for themselves. For pregnancy resources, contact any of the numbers listed below. 

Children/Parenting/Pregnancy Services:

Abortion Services: Southwind Women’s Clinic: (316) 260-6934

Adoption Services: https://www.adoptionchoicesofkansas.org | (316) 209-2071

Crisis Pregnancy Center: A Better Choice: (316) 685-5757, Birthline, Inc.: (316) 265-0134

Citations: D. Howe, “Age at Placement, Adoption Experience and Adult Adopted People’s Contact with Their Adoptive and Birth Mothers: An Attachment Perspective,” Attachment & Human Development 3, no. 2 (2001): 225, 230.

Anna Keller

Anna Keller is a recent graduate from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame, IN. She majored in creative writing. She has been a writer almost her entire life; ever since she was a little girl, she has enjoyed creating stories and acting them out with her friends. She started writing because she has an active imagination and enjoys wielding words on the page and describing things in certain ways. Watching her plots unfold and characters grow, she feels gratified and happy. Some of Anna’s favorite things to write are historical fiction pieces, detective stories, poetry, and fan fiction. 

Another thing Anna really likes to do is read. She is a huge bookworm. Some of her favorite books include The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, The Goldfinch by Donna Tarte, the Harry Potter series, and The Book Thief. Reading is more than taking a break from reality to Anna. Reading allows her to gather inspiration for her own work. The more she reads, the more inspired she is to write. Not to mention, it’s fun! 

Anna has aspirations to publish a book of her own someday. She is currently drafting an original work with her mother that will focus on a mother-daughter relationship and highlight some of the hardships of the human experience while also illustrating what it means to sacrifice for the ones you love. She is excited to see if she has what it takes to make it in the publishing world. 

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Eric Somarriba is a senior at Kennesaw State University, majoring in Media and Entertainment and minoring in Film Studies. Eric hopes to one day pursue a career in television screenwriting but is also interested in other kinds of writing-based careers. Whether based in reality or fiction, he has a passion for storytelling and using his writing ability to entertain people or enact change in the world. He has become a Content Writing Intern at Marketing Choices to discover new ways of using the writing skills he has developed throughout his education. Eric disliked writing for a long time, but thanks to encouraging professors and unique prompts given in college classes, he began to appreciate writing and recognize his skill. When not writing, Eric enjoys gaming and is always trying to find new shows that will inspire his screenwriting. He is always ready to grow and discover his true path in life.

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Alex Reza

Alex Reza is a recent grad from Penn State University, where he earned a B.S. in Integrated Social Sciences and graduated with honors. Alex hopes to pursue a career in writing and editing in digital media marketing. His writing interests span multiple disciplines, although the subject of adoption is near and dear to his heart, as he was adopted as a young child. Most recently, Alex worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a Veterans Affairs Digital Media Engagement Editing Intern. In this position, he was responsible for creating, copy editing, and proofreading all site and marketing projects for social media platforms and internal/external websites. Alex currently resides in a small town in CT.

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David is a Senior at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, where he is pursuing a degree in Accountancy and a minor in Professional and Technical Writing. He lives in Wisconsin and has recently begun working at Marketing Choices. He has always been one to go beyond requirements in the classroom and use his knowledge to help others. In between classes, he focuses on being outside and riding his longboard, playing volleyball, and writing.

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Tabitha Robbins is an undergraduate at Southern New Hampshire University, perusing her B.A in Creative Writing and English.

Outside of school and her internship she is a mother of two, who runs her own blog.

In her free time, she likes to take her kids on spontaneous adventures, read a good book, and always has a passion for writing.

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Isabelle Sitchon

Isabelle Sitchon is a sophomore undergraduate at the University of Houston, studying for her B.A. in journalism with a minor in psychology. She grew up in Michigan and moved to Texas in 2012. Her passion for writing started in her sophomore year of high school, where she learned basic journalistic skills in her first journalism class. From thereon, she decided to pursue writing as a career. Isabelle hopes to become a writer in the UI/UX industry in the future. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys singing, writing, and listening to music.

One of her recent reads is “Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982” by Cho Nam-Joo. Isabelle is always looking for new opportunities and inspiration among various social media platforms and aspires to start digital content creation someday.

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Carl Roth

Carl is currently a senior at San Jose State University, where he is pursuing an undergraduate degree in marketing with a minor in professional & technical writing. San Jose, CA, has been his home since birth, and Silicon Valley is an inseparable piece of his personal and professional endeavors. Writing is both a passion and comfort zone that he is actively cultivating into a sustainable career. Content and copywriting are his main fields of interest, though he enjoys dabbling in other areas like creative writing to sharpen his skills. Carl also plays on the SJSU Club Ice Hockey team and considers the ice to be his refuge. He can occasionally be found trying to improve his golf game at the driving range or walking the Bay Area hills to decompress.

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