Birth Parent Rights
You deserve safe and secure housing during your pregnancy. At Alliance for Children, we will assist you in finding comfortable and safe housing, if needed (in accordance with state law).
At Alliance for Children, we want to make sure that your practical needs are also being met. We can help arrange for transportation to and from appointments with your counselor, doctor and to the hospital.
At Alliance for Children, we will review your specific needs and assist you to the best of our ability with obtaining medical care and coverage.
You have a right to…
- Receive professional and competent services, and to be treated with dignity.
- A full intake evaluation by qualified professionals.
- Participate in the development of a service plan, designed to meet your needs and the needs of your child.
- Written information about adoption alternatives.
- Refuse services offered to you.
- Written information regarding the legal result of adoption surrender, and involuntary termination of parental rights.
- Receive copies of all documents you may be asked to sign.
- Receive documents in your primary language.
- Written information regarding the agency's criteria for selecting adoptive parents.
- If you choose to make an adoption plan for your child, you have a right to a description of the adoptive parent(s), including their interests, talents and lifestyle.
- State your preferences regarding the selection of adoptive parent(s) for your child.
- Request that your child be placed in a home of a particular religion.
- Responsibility to update information in your agency record at any time.
- Information regarding present laws governing adopted children's rights to obtain information about their birth parents.
- Information regarding the processes people sometimes use to find their birth relatives.
- Factual information regarding any adoption service provided by this agency, and general information about types of adoption, and adoption issues, practices and laws.
- Receive sufficient counseling and education for you to make an informed decision.
- Have time to make your decision.
- Know the agency's policy on contacting birth parents if the child's placement is disrupted.
- Select competent witnesses to your surrender.
- Not be coerced by any person into relinquishing your child for adoption.
- Refuse contact from the prospective adoptive parents or their agent.
- Receive a copy of all documents you have signed, including the surrender.
- Know that any payments made for your expenses are not contingent on the surrender of your child.
- Your own counsel, if desired.
- Know the relationship between the agency and its attorney and that the attorney represents the agency, not the adoptive parent(s) or birth parent(s).
- Know that the agency cannot enforce any voluntary agreements entered into between birth parent(s) and adoptive parent(s). In some states there are legally enforceable agreements for post adoption contact that adoptive parents and birth parents can enter into. The agency will discuss your options with you.
- Receive post-birth counseling from the Agency or to be referred to another agency.
- Receive the agency’s grievance and appeal procedures, and to file a grievance.