You’ll speak with an adoption counselor who will discuss your situation and answer your questions. You’ll also discuss all options available, not just adoption, so that you can be confident this is the right choice for you and your baby.
Your adoption counselor will help you complete initial paperwork and assist you with establishing medical care and Medicaid, if needed.
CHOOSE AN ADOPTIVE FAMILY
After reviewing profile books, you’ll be able to speak with families on the phone before you make a decision. Once you are matched, you’ll start building a relationship. This often looks like getting together for dinner, texting and talking on the phone.
MEET WITH YOUR COUNSELOR REGULARLY
Your counselor will provide grief preparation counseling. You’ll also work together to prepare hospital and adoption plans.
DELIVER THE BABY
During your hospital stay, you’ll control how much time to spend with the baby, if you want the adoptive family present, and what name goes on the original birth certificate.
SIGN THE RELINQUISHMENT PAPERS
This can be done no sooner than 48 hours after delivery. Placement with the adoptive family is done immediately following relinquishment.
ATTEND POST-PLACEMENT COUNSELING
Your adoption counselor will continue to provide support with sessions at no charge for as long as you need.