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Unplanned pregnancy often comes with various emotions. At first, you likely feel scared, uncertain, and worried. Over time, however, you might develop a connection to the life that grows inside you each day.

But even with this attachment to your child, placing a baby for adoption could be the best choice for your circumstances. A new baby requires many responsibilities, and you might not feel emotionally or financially ready to move into parenthood. You don’t know how you can care for another person—you struggle to make ends meet on your own.

To calm your worries and fears, you might be considering adoption. This choice relieves your burden and allows struggling couples to welcome new babies into a loving home. But even after you feel confident about giving your child to another family, you might fear complicated negotiations and messy legal work. Instead of worrying on your own, let us help you through the process.

Turn to Our Agency for Answers to Your Questions

At A Child’s Dream, we offer professional and competent guidance throughout the country to help you make the decision to place your baby for adoption. You can find us in the following cities and their surrounding areas: Little Rock, AR; Flagstaff, AZ; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Louisville, KY; Las Vegas, NV; Reno, NV; Memphis, TN; and Seattle, WA. Whatever your situation and wherever your location, we strive to make the process easy on you and your baby.

If you have questions, you can talk with our staff about any of your concerns. Many of our social workers and employees have adopted children personally, so they understand your worries and can answer your questions. Throughout the experience, we make your well-being and comfort a priority.

If you only feel ready to talk a small step forward, simply begin with our FAQs below to learn more about how to give up your baby for adoption.


Birth Mother Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How to give up a baby for adoption

Why Choose Adoption?
Who will help me understand this decision and deal with the loss of my child?
Can I choose the adoptive family of my child?
How do I know the adoptive family can provide a safe environment to raise my child?
Will I be able to meet the adoptive parents in person?
Can I make an Adoption Plan without the Birth Father’s Consent?
Will I be able to receive help with transportation if I need it?
How do I pay for the medical costs incurred by the pregnancy?
Can I have contact with my baby while I am in the hospital?
When will the adoptive family take the baby home?
Is transitional care ever involved?
Do I have to go in front of a judge to give my consent?
Will I have to find my own attorney for the consent?
Can the agency help me with living expenses if I am unable to work?
Will I be able to know about my child’s health and well-being after his/her birth?

 

Why Choose Adoption?
Adoption is a positive alternative to an unplanned pregnancy. Many women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy situation do not search out all of their options. An adoption plan can be whatever you want it to be, and we will work with you to create one that works for you.

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Who will help me understand this decision and deal with the loss of my child?
The decision to place your baby for adoption is not an easy one to make on your own. It can be very difficult, and even painful. We understand that, and we also commend you for making the choice to put your baby’s needs before your own. Our trained staff and social workers will help you work through your pain, and approach it in light of the gift you are giving someone else. Our agency also provides professional counseling at no cost to the birth parents.

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Can I choose the adoptive family of my child?
Yes! You have the option to select the parents who will be adopting your baby. Each adoptive family makes a profile, which is a scrapbook full of pictures and stories of their family history, and their lives together. The family also includes a “Dear Birth Parent” letter, which addresses other questions you may ask about them, such as, religious preference, likes and dislikes, hobbies, etc. We will present several of these profiles to you based on criteria you give us, and allow you to select your adoptive couple from them.

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How do I know the adoptive family can provide a safe environment to raise my child?
All prospective adoptive parents must go through intensive background checks. Social workers also work with them in their home several times, to interview them, and observe their home life and relationships to one another. The adoptive parents are also required to provide a State Bureau of Investigation report as well as a child abuse clearance report. They must also provide birth certificates, a copy of their marriage license, physician reports that include HIV test results, etc. All of this information must be completed, before they are placed with birth parents, and should this work not be approved and completed they will not be able to adopt the baby.

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Will I be able to meet the adoptive parents in person?
The level of relationship you have with the adoptive parents is completely your choice. If you like, they can come out to meet you before the baby is born, or you can meet at the hospital. You also have the option to have them attend doctor’s appointments or be in the delivery room with you. Many birth parents find it eases the process to form a close relationship with the adoptive parents, and call them or visit often before and even after the birth. However, you can also choose to have no contact with them at all. Also, you can change your mind regarding the openness of your relationship at any time during the adoption.

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Can I make an Adoption Plan without the Birth Father’s Consent?
You may move forward with the adoption, however the law requires that every effort must be made to locate the birth father and gain his consent, or terminate his parental rights, in order for the adoption to proceed.

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Will I be able to receive help with transportation if I need it?
Our adoption coordinating staff can help you get to and from your doctor’s visits as well as take you to pick up prescriptions. If further assistance is needed (i.e. trips to the grocery store, a ride to work, etc.) our staff will be glad to arrange a ride for you. We understand how important it is that you stay healthy and well taken care of.

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How do I pay for the medical costs incurred by the pregnancy?
The choice of adoption is always at no cost to the birth parents. The adoptive family will provide the portion of the medical expenses not covered by private insurance or by state funds.

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Can I have contact with my baby while I am in the hospital?
Our adoption coordinating staff can help you in making that decision. Our adoption coordinating staff can help you in making that decision. The time you spend with your baby in the hospital will create very special memories.

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When will the adoptive family take the baby home?
The adoptive family usually arrives a day or two before your due date, and is at the hospital while you are in labor. They can even be in the delivery room with you. If you deliver before your due date, they will be on the next flight out of their hometown.

After the baby is discharged from the hospital, the adoptive family will take the baby to their hotel suite. They will receive clearance to leave the state, usually five to ten days after discharge, and will then take the baby home.

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Is transitional care ever involved?
There are times when we do not have enough notice to have the adoptive parents at the hospital before the baby is released. These cases are few and far between, however, when necessary we provide transitional care for the baby. We have specific families as part of our transitional care program, who have been screened intensively before being chosen, and provide excellent care during the period of time before the adoptive parents arrive.

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Do I have to go in front of a judge to give my consent?
Though the Court does have the right to request your personal appearance and testimony, this is usually not the case. Generally, a written consent to adoption will be more than acceptable, for which no personal appearance is required.

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Will I have to find my own attorney for the consent?
Our agency is responsible for all legal fees for the adoption, and will also provide you with an attorney with no cost to you.

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Can the agency help me with living expenses if I am unable to work?
The agency will provide court approved living expenses to those birth parents who are in need of help. We understand how difficult it is to get back on your feet and return to work after delivery.

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Will I be able to know about my child’s health and well-being after his/her birth?
As the birth parent, you have the right to receive ongoing information regarding your baby. Our agency requires that the adoptive parents be open to sending pictures and letters at least twice a year for the first five years, and then once a year until the child is eighteen. You are also able to send the adoptive parents letters and pictures through our agency. The adoptive parents will also send their letters, gifts, and pictures through our agency.

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