Deciding whether adoption is right for you and your child is the first step. If you choose to move forward with adoption, we will help you create a personalized adoption plan with a loving adoptive family. We will hold your hand through your adoption journey.
Step 1. Seek professional adoption help and consider options
Alliance for Children has been offering confidential adoption help for over forty years. Here, we help expecting birth mothers learn about their adoption options and we help them find solutions. Our caring staff offers counseling and support and welcomes the opportunity to assist you. You will receive a personal case worker to hand hold you through your adoption journey. Call and ask for a pregnancy counselor to get started. Phone: 806.201.0200 Text: 908.798.3397
Step 2. Create a personalized adoption plan
Alliance for Children will help you create a personalized adoption plan reflecting your wishes. Working together, we encouraged you to play an active role in creating your adoption plan. Areas we will discuss include:
- Adoption support services and a review of financial needs, housing, medical coverage, transportation
- Type of adoption desired during and after pregnancy (confidential, semi-open, or open adoption plan)
- What other information would you like to share with us?
Step 3. Select an Adoptive Family
Our hopeful adoptive families are pre-approved and well-educated in adoption. We encourage you to play an active role in selecting an adoptive family, as this often leads to greater confidence and peace of mind in making your adoption plan.
In choosing a hopeful adoptive family, it is important to decide which qualities are the most important to you. Here are some questions to consider when choosing a family, keeping in mind that there is no right or wrong answer:
- Do I want my baby to be raised in a city environment or the suburbs?
- Is religion or ethnic background a consideration?
- Do I want my baby to be an only child or to have siblings?
- Is it important for my baby to be raised by a stay-at-home parent?
- Do I want my baby to be raised in a two-parent or single parent home?
Once you select an adoptive family, you may have the opportunity to meet with this family in person at a match meeting, if desired. Depending on the type of adoption you request, you may wish to get to know the adoptive parents by phone, text, email exchange or in person.
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Step 4. Create a hospital plan
Alliance for Children will help you create a hospital plan and communicate your wishes to both the hospital staff and the selected adoptive family. Preparing for the hospital stay and reviewing hospital policies with your case worker in advance will help your adoption plan move smoothly. For example, we will discuss:
- Do you want the adoptive family present at the hospital during delivery? If yes, in the delivery room?
- Do you want to remain on the maternity floor after delivery or would you prefer to move to another floor?
- If the hospital allows, would you like an adult hospital band placed on an adoptive parent or the agency representative? This may offer ongoing access to the baby.
- What are your wishes regarding visitors for yourself and the baby?
- Do you want to care for the baby during the hospital stay? Do you the adoptive family to help?
- Do you want to request photos of your child from the hospital photo service?
Step 5. Adoption Paperwork
Alliance for Children will familiarize you with all necessary adoption paperwork. You are also entitled to legal counsel. State adoption laws vary from state to state and we will make sure that your rights are protected.
View different adoption laws in some of the states where we are licensed –NY, NJ, MA, TX and AK
Step 6. Move Forward with Life Plans
We are available to offer resources to assist you in moving forward with positive life plans. We may also serve as an intermediary in your post adoption contact arrangements with the adoptive family.
Are you ready to talk? Our professional staff is here to offer support and help you get started. If you are not ready to talk, read on to learn more about adoption planning with Alliance for Children.