No, we work with expectant moms from all over the United States.
No, only the adoptive family has an extensive background check
No, even if you have open cases with DCS, this adoption is separate.
Often family and friends can put a lot of pressure on you to parent. The reality is, they aren’t paying for diapers, groceries or rent. You have to do what’s right for you and the baby. Their opinions do not define you.
We will create separate adoption plans for both of you. If you are not currently in relationship with the father, we will communicate with him separately.
This is highly personal decision. Sometimes having your child raised by a close family member can be very difficult for the birth mother. It can create tension and confusion for your child. There are also times, when it is a great idea. Counseling helps to work through this decision.
Every family we present has gone through adoption training as well as a series of local and federal background checks. We check their criminal and work history, their credit, any involvement with CPS as well as the sex offender registry. In addition they have health physicals and multiple references.
State laws differ on this and your attorney can best advise you how to handle it. However, in Indiana, you do not have to name the birth father.
You may choose from multiple profiles that we have. If you’d prefer for us to make that decision, we can also do that. You will be given the chance to interview families so that you are not simply picking them out of a book.
Each state allows for expectant mother support. This money will help you to meet your budget should you have to miss work due to bedrest or physical demands.
We work with a variety of maternity homes which can provide housing for you. We will help you get this set up if it is something you need. If you are needing rent support, that can be addressed with expectant mother fees, depending on your situation.
No, all services are free. This includes counseling, medical and all attorney fees.
We ask that you are honest with the level and time frame use. We have many families who are open to parenting a baby who has been drug exposed. We just want to be honest with all communication with everyone involved. If you are currently using, we will work out a birth plan to accommodate for this with regard to hospital dismissal.
There is definitely grief that can surface after placing a child for adoption. That isn’t always the same as regret. Spending time with your counselor and mentor can help you to identify those feelings. There can also be regret if you choose to parent and realize you don’t have the support that everyone promised. We continue to offer counseling after your placement to help navigate these strong emotions.
The statistics on teen moms are very said. 25% of women who give birth as a teen will have another baby while they are still a teen. But even worse is that 60% of women who live in poverty were teens when they had their first baby. When we look at poverty in general, 85% of children in poverty were born to teen moms. Adoption is a plan to provide for your baby and break that cycle.
Adoption can be a hard choice for a family and that puts a lot of pressure on you. Some families are able to step in and really help with finances and support. However, lots of times those promises are empty, leaving you alone and frustrated. Our counselors can help you take an honest look at your support system and see if you can count on it.
Every woman has unique circumstances that influence her decision, but below are the most common reasons.