When you’re giving a baby up for adoption, you need to have adoption help. Some of this help might come in the form of support from your friends and family. However, since adoption is a legal process, you also need to work with a trusted legal professional like me or an adoption agency so that you can complete all of the legal requirements that come with an adoption.
1. Connecting the Legal Dots
When you give your baby up for adoption, you need to make sure that you cover all of the legal aspects of the adoption. Even if you have a friend or family member who would like to adopt your child, you need to work with an adoption law firm to make sure the family becomes the legal parents of the child. When you are at the hospital, you’ll have some time to make a final decision before you sign your consent to the adoption. After that, I will work with the birth family to finalize the adoption.
2. Complex Situations
Some adoptions are complicated. You may not have contact with the birth father. You may be Native American and need to comply with the laws around Native American adoptions. You might need to find adoptive parents for a child with complex medical needs. While your situation is new to you, it is not new to me. I have experience working with all of these situations. I can help you through any concerns and bumps that might happen during the process.
3. Creating An Adoption Plan
This plan outlines what will happen during your pregnancy, during the birth, and after your baby is born. Remember that you’re just making a plan to keep your options open. You can always change your mind before you sign your consent to the adoption. Making decisions about your plan can help you decide if adoption is right for you. Things like, Who will be in the room when your baby is born? Will you hold your baby? Will you have ongoing contact with your child? Creating an adoption plan helps you think through and make decisions about many different parts of the adoption. I can help you develop your unique plan.
4. Developing a Support Network
You may already have a network of supportive friends and family, or you might be looking for support. Whatever situation you are in, I can help you access additional support so that your pregnancy and adoption go smoothly. I can help you find resources for prenatal medical care and financial assistance so that you can help you and your baby stay healthy. I can help you find a counselor to discuss your feelings about the adoption both before and after the baby is born.
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