Thinking About Placing Your Baby for Adoption? – Here’s What It Looks Like

You may be wondering what the process of planning an adoption looks like and how you go about matching your baby with an adoptive family. This all depends on you because we start right where you are at in your pregnancy and we go at your own pace, supporting you along the way.

First Step, Call or Text Us

If you’re pregnant and need someone to talk to about anything including your options, the first step is to meet with one of our free and confidential pregnancy counselors.

We know this may be a scary first step. It could be that you’re worried about the situation with the baby’s father, or you aren’t sure what your family would think if you placed your baby for adoption. We’ll start right where you’re at and move at your own pace.

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Next Step, Meet with a Pregnancy Counselor

The first meeting is really just about getting to know you and helping you feel comfortable. You can share as much or as little about yourself as you want. We’ll answer any and all of your questions about pregnancy, and your options including adoption.

We have a comfortable office you can come to or we could meet you at your home, apartment, or a coffee shop. It’s important to us to meet you where you feel most comfortable.

During this meeting, we’ll bring you a packet of information that you can take with you and read. There’s no obligation, no fee, and no pressure from us towards a decision or to even continue working with us. We hope to build a relationship with you and walk alongside your through your pregnancy, and beyond.

Wondering What a Pregnancy Counselor is like?

Check out our page to meet our team of qualified Pregnancy Counselors.

We know that experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and exploring your options is not easy. We want to be there to support you, listen to you, and advocate for you regardless of what decision you make regarding your pregnancy.

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Paperwork

We ask you to complete some paperwork to get started, but nothing you sign obligates you to anything. In fact, you can’t legally sign your consent to the adoption until at least 72 hours after the baby is born. You can change your mind about adoption any time up until you sign that final consent document after you give birth.

Birthfather

 

We will help you understand the birth father’s rights and responsibilities. If the birth father is involved, we provide support and counseling for him as well. This can be separate from your counseling or together. Either way, if the birth father is unknown or involved, that’s okay. Every situation is unique. We’re here to help you figure it out.

Choosing and Meeting a Hopeful Adoptive Family

When it’s time to choose a family, we’ll give you family profiles to look through. When you decide which family feels right, if you want to meet them, we set up a time to meet and get to know them better. This is called a match meeting. It’s kind of like an awkward first date because everyone is really nervous to meet one another. We are there to support you and make conversation easy so it’s as comfortable as possible and so you learn as much as you need to from the family.

After the match meeting, if you feel confident about the family, and if you want to move forward, we’ll set up a time to meet and talk about the level of openness you want throughout the baby’s life. We call this meeting a Covenant meeting. We take this very seriously, and so do the families.  We are an open adoption agency – meaning that all of our families would like to have an open adoption, however, whether an adoption is open, semi-open, or closed is completely up to you.

Together with the family, we talk about what visits will look like, child updates, and pictures throughout your child’s life. If you’d like to see some of our hopeful adoptive families, click here to view their profiles

Remember, adoption is only considered a plan up until at least 72 hours after the baby is born.

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Hospital Experience

 

Before you deliver, we talk with you about what you want the hospital experience to be like. The hospital is your time with your baby. After you deliver, we’ll be there to help coordinate the time you would like to spend with the baby, whether you want to spend time with the adoptive family, and the time you feel like you need to yourself (or with us) to process your feelings.

When it’s time to leave the hospital, we’ll be there for you too. We want you to feel loved and supported throughout every part of your journey. We advocate for you with the nurses and help communicate your wishes to the adoptive family.

Adoption Consent Signing

An adoption consent is the legal, voluntary relinquishment of parental rights. You cannot sign adoption consents in Arizona until at least 3 days after the baby is born. These 3 or so days gives you time to meet your baby, hold your baby, and recover from delivery before you take the final, legal  step in the process.

Once you sign this legal agreement, you cannot change your mind. However, we make sure you are truly ready to take this step before you sign. Adoption is permanent so we don’t want you to make this decision without being absolutely certain and confident that it’s the best decision for you and your baby. We check in with you often about how you’re feeling about your decision to place your baby for adoption.

Grief Counseling & Post-Placement Support

Signing consents may be the end of your decision, but it’s not the end of our relationship. We want to continue to be there for you as you learn to navigate the next part of your journey.

We provide grief counseling to help you work through any emotions that surface. We also continue to provide support in other important areas in your life as well, like getting a job or looking for a new job, finding housing, pursuing your educational goals, or tackling other life tasks and goals. We are in this with you for the long haul. We stick with you for as long as you find it helpful.

Down the Road

 

When you feel ready to navigate this journey without us, we want you to know that we’ll still be here down the road. If you start to struggle emotionally in the years after you place for adoption, call us! We’ll spend time with you working through those emotions or helping to improve your relationship with the adoptive family.

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