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Adoption and Finding an Adoptive Family

First Step, Call or Text Us

If you are pregnant and thinking about adoption, the first step is to meet with a pregnancy counselor to learn more. We know this may be a scary first step. Maybe you aren’t positive about adoption and just need some questions answered. It could be that you’re worried about the situation with the baby’s father. Or, possibly, you aren’t sure what your family would think of adoption. Perhaps you are wondering how an adoptive family can raise your baby with as much love as you would. That’s all okay. We will start right where you’re at and then move at your pace. Call or Text Us Anytime STATEWIDE Pregnancy Counselors Available to speak with you now (602) 562- 8996

Next Step, Meet with a Pregnancy Counselor

The first meeting is really just about getting to know you and helping you to feel comfortable. You can share as much or as little about yourself as you want. Our goal is to answer any and all of your questions about adoption. We have a comfortable office you came come to. We could come to your home or apartment. Or we could meet somewhere in the community, like a coffee shop or restaurant. We want you to feel absolutely comfortable. During this meeting, we will also bring you a packet of information that you can take with you and read. There is no obligation and no pressure from us towards a decision or to even continue working with us. We just want to begin to build a relationship with you. If you want to continue meeting with us, we will walk you through the rest of the process.

How Long Does it Take to Plan an Adoption?

We want to help you no matter what stage of pregnancy you are in. You could be 5 weeks or 40 weeks; it is never too early or too late. Sometimes we even meet women who have already delivered their baby and decide to make an adoption plan from the hospital. If this is your situation, don’t stress! We will still have time to do everything we need to do. If you need more time to think about your decision or to choose a family, we have what we call Cradle Families available to care for and love your baby until you make your decision.

Planning an Adoption - What Does this look like?

You may be wondering what the process of planning an adoption looks like and how you go about matching 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 pace, supporting you along the way.

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.

Birth Father

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. If the birth father is unknown or involved, that’s okay. Every situation is unique. We’ll help you figure it out.

Choosing and Meeting an Adoptive Family

When it’s time to choose a family, we will 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 so it is as comfortable as possible and so that 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, we will 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 our families would like to have an open adoption, however, whether an adoption is open, semi-open, or closed is up to the birth parent – you. Together with the family, we talk about what visits, updates, and pictures throughout your child’s life. If you’d like to see some of our families, click here to view their profiles.

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 this 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, you cannot change you mind. But we make sure you are truly ready to take this step before you sign. Adoption is permanent so we don’t want you making this decision without being absolutely certain and confident that it is the best decision for you and your baby. We check in with you often about how you are 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 will still be here down the road. If you start to struggle emotionally in the years after you place for adoption, call us! We will spend time with you working through those emotions or helping to improve your relationship with the adoptive family.

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