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Information about Considering Adoption

Published on March 20, 2014

Author: birthmothers


PowerPoint Presentation: P r e g na n t ? C onsi de r in g Ad o p tion ? There are many emotions that come with an unplanned pregnancy. You may be feeling a combination of emotions such as fear, excitement, panic and the “what am I going to do” feeling. Here at Connections, we want to talk to you about your thoughts, feelings and answer questions you may have about adoption and the adoption process. We know there are many choices you face with an unplanned pregnancy and we are here to discuss all of those options. We have an experience adoption staff that answers the phone 24/7. Call 1-800-450- 7191 or if you prefer text then text “adoption” to 69302. H o w Ad o p tio n W o r k s Whether working through an agency, attorney, or a facilitator, the most important thing is to get you to a doctor to start pre-natal care if you do not have one. This can be paid for in a couple of ways. If you have your own insurance plan, through your parents insurance plan, Medicaid if you qualify, or if the adoptive PowerPoint Presentation: couple you have selected has agreed to pay for medical cost. A medical release form will be given to you to give to your doctor, so that medical information can be reviewed by the above named or the couple planning on adopting the baby. After you are set up with your medical part, the very next thing is to make sure that you are emotionally healthy. Adoption is not an easy decision, or one to be taken lightly. You will be set up to see a counselor, before, during, and after delivery. This is your support system to help get you through a tough time. After you have seen a counselor a couple of times, and you do want to continue on with the adoption plan, then you will need to seek some type of legal advice. If going through an agency, they will have attorneys on staff, if going through an attorney, then he/she will take care of it, and if going through a net worker, or facilitator, they will find an attorney for you & the birth father in regards to legal work. Again, the couple adopting the baby pays for these fees. It is illegal in the United States for a pre-adoptive couple to pay any extra money. Payment for living expenses, i.e.: rent, utilities, taxi money, can be reimbursed through an attorney and/or agency only. A receipt for these expenses is usually required. The next thing to do is to establish a relationship with the couple who is adopting the baby if you are having an open adoption. Usually this is done by phone conversations, letters, picture exchanges, and if the couple is local, through visits with one another. Then it is time to sit back, and wait for the birth, and to realize that there are many people out there who want to help you through this trying period of your life. W ha t W e C a n D o F o r Y o u This question can be answered in so many ways. Lets start off by letting you know that adoption is state regulated. It means that each state has their own special laws when it comes to adoption. So wherever the baby PowerPoint Presentation: is born, are the laws that need to be followed? Each state decides what birth mothers are able to collect for expenses. Some states will not allow a birth mother to collect anything, yet other states will allow the birth mother to be compensated for all her expenses. What Are Expenses? Expenses include things like, rent utilities, clothing, food and transportation (gas money, bus tickets, and subway fair). Also expenses pertaining to the adoption such as legal expenses, medical and counseling. What Are Not Expenses? Past credit card bills, clothing for other members of the family, vacations, and car payments. How Long Are Expenses Paid? Usually until the parental surrenders are signed, or 6 weeks has past since the birth of the child, which ever comes first. How Are These Expenses Paid? Through an attorney and/or agency attorney. Disbursements of the funds must be through a third party and not paid directly. Payments made by an adoptive couple directly to a birth mother can lead to a felony charge on both the couple and the birth mother, as it is considered “coercion and black marketing”. How Can We Help? We realize the decision to place your child is a difficult one. We do everything possible to accommodate you physically and emotionally. Toll Free at: 1-800-450-7191

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