Do I get to choose the family for my baby?
Yes. We will ask you about the sort of family you would like your baby to have. Your preferences are important to us! If you would rather not participate in making a decision, that is okay, too. It’s up to you.
How will I know that family I choose will be good parents?
All adoptive parents go through a screening and preparation process. They must be interviewed and evaluated by a social worker who meets with them in person. In every case, families must pass criminal background and child abuse clearance checks before they can be recommended as an adoptive family.
Will I get to meet the family?
If you wish to meet the family, usually a meeting can be arranged and, if the adoptive family lives close-by, it may be possible to have more than one meeting.
What information will the adoptive parents be given about me?
We will provide information about your health, family history and pregnancy. We encourage you to share information about your personality, likes and dislikes, talents and skills, too. The more you share, the better the adoptive family will be able to care for your baby.
What information will I receive about the adoptive parents?
First, their family profile! This gives you a look into the family’s life, home, activities, education and lifestyle ─ with lots of photos. We can share information about the adoptive family’s work, pets, religion, and other things you may wish to know.
What information do you need about the biological father? What if I don’t know who he is or where he is?
This is not uncommon. It is required by law to search for and attempt to obtain the consent of any known possible biological father. If you do not know the identity or whereabouts of the biological father, then we will publish a notice. The ideal situation is where both expectant parents are in agreement with the adoption plan, but that is not always the case. The law provides for you to make a plan for your child if the birth father is unknown, if it is not possible to locate him, or if he is unwilling to participate.
Will someone at the agency be able to provide me with emotional support during my pregnancy and after the birth of my baby?
Yes! Our counselors are non-judgmental, kind, honest, and open-minded. You will have your counselor’s direct number as well as the agency number. Your counselor will help you with pregnancy planning, discuss your options, and provide post-adoption resources as well. Plus, we will introduce you to other birth mothers who are mentors and have formed a support group.