What are your rights as an expectant parent considering adoption?

When experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you may feel isolated and alone. It’s important that as you consider your options, you’re aware of the rights you have as an expectant parent when considering adoption.

In the world of adoption, there are some unethical things that occur so we want to ensure that you understand your rights and are able to access quality and ethical services. It’s extremely important that you know what your rights are as an expectant parent considering your options, especially when considering adoption.

Expectant parents have the right to:

  • Be treated with dignity and respect

  • Participate in the entire adoption process

  • Select the adoptive family

  • Choose the name for the original birth certificate

  • See, hold, and spend time with your baby when he or she is born

  • Agree to have ongoing information and contact with the adopting family through visits, letters, pictures, and phone calls

Birth fathers have the right to:

  • Be notified of the a pending adoption plan

  • 30 days to establish paternity, or to choose to do nothing

  • File a paternity action to establish legal rights

  • Choose to participate in the adoption plan

  • Choose to receive services from Hand in Hand 

We are here to answer your questions! Contact us today.

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What If?

  • You aren’t sure who the father is?

  • You don’t want the father to know?

  • You think adoption is best, he thinks you should parent?

These are all questions your pregnancy counselor can talk with you about. We can help you know your rights as an expectant parent as you consider adoption.

Learn more about our compassionate team of pregnancy counselors.