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Pregnancy counseling, support

& decision making

We provide loving support and community resources to expectant parents facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Considering Adoption

What Are Your Rights As An Expectant Parent Considering Adoption?

When experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you may feel isolated and alone.  It is important that as you consider your options, you also know your rights.  We want to ensure that you fully understand your rights and that you access ethical and high-quality services.

What to Expect

1

Rights for Expectant Parents Who Choose an Adoption Plan

You 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.

2

Rights for Birth Fathers

You 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.

3

What If?

Your pregnancy counselor can help you work through challenges and address questions along the way.  Some of those questions might be…

  • Who is the father of my child?
  • What if I don’t want the father of my child to know that I’m pregnant

  • What if the father of my child and I do not agree on which choice is best for our family?

  • What if I change my mind?

  • What happens after the adoption?

1

Rights for Expectant Parents Who Choose an Adoption Plan

You 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.

2

Birth fathers have the right to:

You 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.

3

What If?

Your pregnancy counselor can help you work through challenges and address questions along the way.  Some of those questions might be…

  • Who is the father of my child?
  • What if I don’t want the father of my child to know that I’m pregnant

  • What if the father of my child and I do not agree on which choice is best for our family?

  • What if I change my mind?

  • What happens after the adoption?

PREGNANCY OPTIONS

I Think I’m Pregnant.

Are you experiencing an unplanned pregnancy?  We understand that this can be an extremely challenging time, and we would like to support you through the decision-making process.  Please reach out to us today.

Take Your Time

Many issues can influence your decision.  We encourage you to take the necessary time to make the decision that is best for your family.  The following questions may help you as you contemplate what to do next.  We would feel honored to walk alongside you during the decision-making process.

1

Relationships

  • Do you have adequate support from friends or family?
  • Do you have support from a partner?

  • Do you have someone to talk to when times are tough?

2

Responsibilities

  • What thoughts do you have about parenting your child?
  • What thoughts do you have about adoption?

  • What emotions are you having?

3

Future Plans

  • How will this decision affect your future?
  • Where do you see yourself in one year, three years, and five years’ time?

  • What resources would you need if you decided to parent your child?

4

Our Offering

  • We want to offer you confidential care.

  • We want to offer you safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental care and guidance.

  • We will respect you, and we will respect your decision.

1

Relationships

  • Do you have adequate support from friends or family?
  • Do you have support from a partner?

  • Do you have someone to talk to when times are tough?

2

Responsibilities

  • What thoughts do you have about parenting your child?
  • What thoughts do you have about adoption?

  • What emotions are you having?

3

Future Plans

  • How will this decision affect your future?
  • Where do you see yourself in one year, three years, and five years’ time?

  • What resources would you need if you decided to parent your child?

4

Our Offering

  • We want to offer you confidential care.

  • We want to offer you safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental care and guidance.

  • We will respect you, and we will respect your decision.

PREGNANCY COUNSELOR

What Is A Pregnancy Counselor?

A pregnancy counselor is a compassionate, non-judgmental, trained professional who will listen to you, support you, and guide you through the decision-making process. Together, you and your pregnancy counselor will create a positive plan for you and your baby. No matter the circumstances you find yourself in, we are here for you!

Samantha Blanchard

Supervisor of Pregnancy Counseling and Infant Adoption Programs

Danielle Detraz

Pregnancy Counselor

Katie Lysenstoen

Pregnancy Counselor