Starting the adoption process begins with making choices. First you need to decide if you want to consider adoption as an option for you and your child. We believe that the more informed you are the better you will be able to make the right choices for you and your baby. This section of the website, in addition to the previous sections on Ways we can help you and Adoption choices, is designed to help you and the many other women who are pregnant, or have already given birth, and are thinking about placing your child for adoption.
While you are deciding, make sure to continue to take good care of yourself and your baby. Contact a health care provider and start prenatal care as soon as possible. If you need help, contact us at Adoption Services. We are a fully licensed non-profit adoption agency that helps birth mothers living in any state in the U.S. and we can also help U.S. citizens living in any foreign country. We have helped over 9000 birth parents and families. Feel free to contact us or call (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance or help. All calls are confidential and there is never any obligation or cost to you for our help. We can make sure your child is placed with the perfect family, your rights are protected, and that you receive all the legal and financial assistance and medical help as well as other types of help that the law allows. There is never any fee to you as a birth parent whether you work with our agency or decide to look elsewhere. Please visit the link "Ways we can help you".
We are committed to putting your needs first and to helping you in every way possible. Since our founding in 1985, we have worked with thousands of birth parents from all over the world and our overall satisfaction rating by birth mothers and birth fathers is excellent. Feel free to contact us (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance and help. You may also want to visit the sections Pregnancy Help and Government Help.
Adoption: First Steps provides more information on how to get started with an adoption, child adoption alternatives, the benefits of counseling, and it reviews different types of child adoption arrangements.
Selecting the Agency
Selecting the Agency will help you look at the things to consider in selecting the child adoption agency to help you.
Finding a Loving Family
Finding a Loving Family and making sure the family is the type you want for your baby requires careful screening on your part and/or the part of the adoption agency.
A Home Study is an evaluation of the adopting person(s), their home and surrounding environment, and much more. It is a critical document for you to be aware of.
Adoption Support Groups
Adoption Support Groups can help you so you do not feel alone in the adoption process. Here you will find a list of support groups for birth mothers and birth fathers for each state so you can find helpful emotional support.
Adoption and Emotional Issues
Adoption and Emotional Issues points out that doubts, concerns, and even depression are common feelings accompanying pregnancy, the birth of a child and the adoption process. Help with these emotional issues is available.
Placing with Relatives
Placing with Relatives is an option each birth parent has. Each state defines "relative" differently, including relatives through blood, marriage, or adoption. The main requirements for placement are that the relative be "fit and willing", able to ensure the child's safety, and able to meet the child's needs.
Step-Parent Adoptions are the most common form of adoption. In these situations the adopting step-parent assumes financial and legal responsibility for your child and releases the non-custodial parent of parental responsibilities, including child support.
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