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Homeless Shelters for Pregnant Women

There are several homeless shelters for pregnant women in the Bay Area.  Homeless shelters for pregnant women may have special requirements, and these can include an intake meeting.  Contact each individual shelter for more information. Homeless shelters also include maternity homes, but these are smaller living environments.  Most require proof of pregnancy from your doctor, and as a result, maternity homes are gene...
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Adoption Without The Father’s Consent

Can I put a baby up for adoption without the father’s consent?  In many situations you can put a baby up for adoption without the father’s consent.  Depending on your situation, however, his consent might be required.  This would include if you are married to the baby’s father or he has been actively involved in the pregnancy and is planning to parent. Here are situations where the father’s co...
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Do you get paid for putting a baby up for adoption?

Can a woman get paid for putting a baby up for adoption? A pregnant woman cannot get paid for putting a baby up for adoption.  This is against the law, and it is against public policy to sell a baby.  However, most states allow a pregnant woman to accept certain types of financial assistance from adoptive parents.  Here’s why: Many women are unable to work at some point during their pregnancy.  Some pregnant wo...
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Date rape or drugged and raped

Date rape is becoming disturbingly common.  I’ve been getting more and more calls from women who’ve been the victim of this crime.  The scariest part is that a woman won’t always know when she has been a victim of date rape because she might wake up the next morning and have no memory or physical symptoms.   A woman might be completely unaware that she has been victimized until the day she discovers she&#...
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Can a minor put a baby up for adoption?

Can a minor put a baby up for adoption without the consent of her parents? The answer is yes. If you are a teenager and are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you aren’t alone.  In fact, 85% of teenage pregnancies are unplanned, and hundreds of thousands of teens get pregnant each year in the United States.  An unplanned pregnancy can be a very scary experience, and I’m sure you have a lot of questions....
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Adoption Questions: Medical Insurance for Expectant Mother

If you don’t have medical insurance to cover the pregnancy, labor and delivery, don’t worry!  You still have options when looking for medical insurance.  Prenatal care is important, and we are happy to help you find the right coverage.  Adopting parents will cover your out of pocket costs for co-pays and deductibles.  Here’s how it works. Affordable Health Care Act With the affordable care act medic...
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My Daughter Is Pregnant: How Parents React to Adoption

When you’re pregnant and considering adoption, you’re thinking about your future and the future of your child. However, there are others to consider as well. At some point during your pregnancy, you’ll likely let your own parents know about your choice to pursue adoption. How will your mother react when she learns that her daughter is pregnant? Surprise and Fear Telling your parents that you’r...
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Adoption Questions about Drug Use During Pregnancy

Are you making an adoption plan and are worried about disclosing drug or alcohol use during pregnancy?  Then this article is for you.  In it I will discuss the importance of: Disclosing drug and alcohol use to prospective adoptive parents Talking with  your OBGYN about prescription and recreational drug use Informing the pediatrician of baby’s exposure to drugs or alcohol Protecting yourself and your baby from ...
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Adoption Questions: Will Child Protective Services Be Involved?

Child Protective Services (CPS) provides protection for children who are at risk of abuse or neglect.  CPS’s job is to make sure kids are safe and that families have the support they need provide a safe environment for their child.  Depending on the circumstances of your adoption, CPS may be called in to assess the situation. When Could CPS Become Involved in an Adoption? The hospital will likely call Child Pro...
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Pregnant and Scared? Here’s What You Need to Know

Learning that you’re unexpectedly pregnant brings a wave of emotions, including denial and worry. It’s a moment that can also leave you feeling alone and scared. If you just found out you’re pregnant and you’re scared, remember that you aren’t alone.  Here’s what you need to know as you consider your options: Pregnant and scared to have an abortion Abortion is often the unspoken op...
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