FOR BIRTHPARENTS

OVERVIEW – MAKING AN ADOPTION PLAN

The decision to make an Adoption Plan for a child is a difficult one. Whatever the situation, we will provide information and counseling to help you make an informed decision. Our staff will help you understand your options and rights in the process, including your eligibility for and access to social services. We also offer financial support and professional counseling for you and your family.

When you contact Caring Adoptions, your initial questions will be answered and arrangements will be made for a face-to-face meeting.  Caring Adoptions Staff’s immediate concern will be that you and your baby are in a safe and healthy environment.

As soon as practical, the Caring Adoptions Staff will review options with you, determine your needs and develop a plan that addresses those needs whether they be financial, medical, housing, transportation, counseling or other. Your legal rights and adoption policies, called “Minimum Standards issued by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services”, will be explained.  Simultaneously, your desires for Adoptive Parents will be explored, profiles of Adoptive Parents meeting your criteria will be presented for your examination and ultimately you will select Adoptive Parents for your child if you choose to do so.

Birthparents are special people.  Caring Adoptions’ Birthparents have blessed more than 1000 Adoptive Families by their completion of an Adoption Plan.  We look forward to working with you through this challenging time.

Let us help you with making your decision, creating an adoption plan, and learning what support services are available.

Want to talk?  Contact us toll-free at 833-603-7169 or text us at 832-526-4333.

MAKING YOUR DECISION

The decision to place a child for adoption is a serious and life changing one, for both you and your child. You have the responsibility and the right to make a decision that would be in the best interest of your child. By participating in the adoption process, you take control of your child’s future, giving them the gift of a loving, stable home that you choose for them.

Our staff is experienced in discussing your concerns and fears with you. Counseling from a licensed therapist is also available.

Your involvement in the adoption process depends on your needs. Once you have chosen Adoptive Parents, the Caring Adoptions Staff will work with both parties to ensure that there is a mutual understanding as to the details of the Adoption Plan.  Caring Adoptions believes you should decide:

  • The type of adoption – open, semi-open or closed
  • Extent of contact with the Adopting Parents during the pre-delivery process
  • Adopting Parents involvement at the hospital
  • Frequency of information and photographs exchanged following placement

You can take control of your life and help impact the life of your child by making an adoption plan.  We are here to help you!

CREATING AN ADOPTION PLAN

Caring Adoptions’ objective to “Find Families For Children” means our emphasis is on the best plan for your child.  Our Staff will provide the necessary resources and counseling to enable you to decide whether adoption is in the best interests of your child.   We understand that this is a significant, difficult and caring decision.

Services Included in Your Adoption Plan:

  • Personalized attention and understanding
  • Pre/Post-adoption counseling
  • Choosing an Adoptive Family for your child
  • Making a Hospital Plan
  • Deciding on the right adoption plan for you and your child
  • Ongoing support
  • Housing Assistance when needed
  • Transportation to and from medical services and counseling appointments
  • Legal resources
  • Approved living and medical expenses

 Birthparents Design Their Own Individualized Adoption Plan

Caring Adoptions Staff will guide you in designing your Individualized Adoption Plan. Your plan will :

  • include needs you identify, such as financial, medical, housing and transportation.
  • be flexible and include your desires in regard to matters such as independent living, type of adoption (semi-open, open, or closed) and criteria for Adoptive Parents.
  • offer confidential counseling with Staff members experienced in working with Birthparents or with an independent licensed professional.

Your initial Individualized Adoption Plan is a guide to be followed throughout the adoption process.

Birthparents Choose the Adoptive Parents

Your Individualized Adoption Plan includes information to enable our Staff to identify Adopting Parents meeting your criteria.  Profiles prepared by qualified Adopting Parents will be shown to you.  These persons have been screened to meet the Adoption Standards of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Birthparents Choose the Type of Adoption

You select your level of involvement in the adoption process, by selecting the type of adoption:

  • Open – Complete identifying information exchanged; on-going contact both pre- and post-placement
  • Semi-open – Some identifying information shared; meet either pre-delivery or at hospital; direct communication following placement as discussed between both parties; on-going exchange of pictures and letters, usually through the agency
  • Closed – No identifying information shared; no contact before or after adoption; no on-going information of child shared
  • Designated – Birthparent independently selects Adoptive Parents

Caring Adoptions Staff work with both you and the Adoptive Parents to determine the terms of contact in the relationship both “pre” and “post” placement.  The Staff will work to ensure the agreements are honored by both parties.

Support services are available to you as the Birthparent, plus support for children you may be parenting.  Contact us at info@caringadoptions.org or call 866-603-7162 or text 832-526-4333.

SUPPORT SERVICES

Once you have made your Adoption Plan, chosen Adoptive Parents and decided on the Type of Adoption, a financial assistance budget will be developed that follows the needs of your Individualized Adoption Plan.  This budget will follow the standards of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and provide assistance until six weeks post-delivery.

Throughout the term of pregnancy the Caring Adoptions Staff can assist you in many ways.  This includes:

  • payments directly to you for food, clothing, transportation and other allowable costs,
  • transportation, when other sources are not available
  • payments to service providers such as landlord, doctors and utilities
  • assisting with the set-up of services and independent living
  • birthfather location and termination of rights
  • coordination with Adoptive Parents
  • pre-natal education and counseling
  • hospital coordination
  • counseling, as requested, with a licensed professional

When the time arrives the Caring Adoptions Staff and Adoptive Parents will respect your wishes as to the extent of their involvement in the birthing process. Some Birthparents are alone and request a Caring Adoptions Staff member or Adoptive Parent to be present during the delivery. Others have family support or choose to be alone. Whatever your choice, the Staff member you have worked with throughout your pregnancy will be available to see that your wishes are respected and the Individualized Adoption Plan process is completed in a smooth and professional manner.

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