Once you have designed your Adoption Plan, chosen Adoptive Parents and decided on the Type of Adoption, a long-term financial assistance budget will be developed that follows the needs and desires of your Individualized Adoption Plan. This budget will carefully 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 will be assisting 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 services 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 identification and 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 Birthmothers 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, a Staff member you have worked with throughout the pregnancy will be available to see that your wishes are respected and the Individualized Adoption Plan process completed in a smooth and professional manner.
The legal process will be explained in advance of your delivery. Forty-eight (48) hours after the birth a Caring Adoptions Staff member will assist you as you sign a Voluntary Relinquishment of Parental Rights Document. If the Birthfather’s rights have not been previously addressed, the Staff will complete the appropriate legal requirements. If the Birthfather is your legal husband or common law husband, he too must wait forty-eight (48) after the birth to sign a Voluntary Relinquishment of Parental Rights Document. If the Birthfather is not your legal husband or your common law husband, he can sign a “Waiver of Interest” at any point prior or post the birth of your child. These documents designate Caring Adoptions as the Managing Conservator (legal parent) of your child. The Adoptive Parents will then take physical custody of the child.
Caring Adoptions believes it is in the best interest of the child to be placed as soon as possible with the Adoptive Parents. Thus once the child is released from the hospital, he/she is placed by Caring Adoptions with the Adoptive Parents. This generally occurs following the signing of the relinquishments.
As required by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the day-to-day and financial relationship between you, Caring Adoptions and the Adopting Parents must end six weeks after the birth. During this six weeks, Caring Adoptions will ensure that you receive assistance as agreed in the Individualized Adoption Plan. At the appropriate time, Caring Adoptions will represent you in Court for the termination of rights process. Pictures and information can be exchanged with the Adopting Families through our office as long as both parties agree.
This is a difficult and possibly confusing time for you. Let us help you make a decision that is right for you and your child. Call us today at 866-603-7162.