You will speak with a trained Intake Specialist who will discuss your situation, answer questions, and gather the necessary information to give to your Pregnancy Counselor. The Intake Specialist can also answer any questions you may have at this time. You can give as much information as you are comfortable giving at this time. This can be done over the telephone or by appointment in one of our many local offices.
The Initial Call with the Pregnancy Counselor
This introductory phone call is when the Pregnancy Counselor introduces themselves and schedules a time for a face to face meeting with you.
The First Face-to-Face Meeting
This is when you meet your Pregnancy Counselor for the first time. At this meeting the Pregnancy Counselor will listen to your story, provide counseling, and go over the adoption laws in the state where you live. The Pregnancy Counselor will also explain the full adoption process, and will assess your basic needs, go over necessary paperwork, obtain the birth father’s information and educate you on the process of working with or without the birth father. They will also provide you referrals for community resources and prenatal care if needed. This meeting can take place wherever it is most comfortable for you. If you do not have transportation to one of our many local offices, then the Pregnancy Counselor can come to you.
Finding the Perfect Family for Your Baby
You will work closely with the Pregnancy Counselor to describe what characteristics the perfect family for your baby will possess. From that description, we work with you to provide you as many profiles of loving, financially & emotionally stable adoptive families as possible to choose from. Since A Child’s Dream is licensed in many states, we have numerous, home-study ready families waiting to adopt your child. A Child’s Dream is licensed to do all types of adoptions and you have the option to choose the adoptive family, and if you desire, to have on-going contact with them.
On-Going Pregnancy Counseling Throughout
the Adoption Experience
You will work closely with your Pregnancy Counselor to make sure that you have all the services you need before and after placement. Some of the services provided are financial assistance for basic needs, medical expenses, transportation to medical and/or insurance appointments, basic living skills training, GED and college financial aid referral and on-going personalized support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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The Hospital Experience
When the time comes for delivery, you will be educated about what to expect from the hospital process. Our Pregnancy Counselors have taken part in many placements in the hospitals in the communities we serve. The Pregnancy Counselor works closely with the hospital staff to ensure that your needs are being met in a non-judgmental and gentle atmosphere. You may have the Pregnancy Counselor, and/or the adoptive parents, or any other support person you choose with you through the delivery and hospital experience. Since each adoption is personalized, we design your adoption plan to fit your specific needs and desires. We strive to make sure that happens.
Typically, just after 72 hours post-delivery, you will sit down with your Pregnancy Counselor and sign the legal documents necessary to make adoption possible. Each state has different requirements for this step, but the Pregnancy Counselors are well trained and up to date on the state laws that govern adoption to ensure that the adoption has proceeded in a legally efficient manner.
If you choose, you can stay in touch with your Pregnancy Counselor and receive on-going counseling services for as long as you desire. A Child’s Dream allocates funds to provide you with counseling by a licensed therapist if you feel you would benefit from it. You can contact the agency to receive on-going communication with the adoptive family, if you and the adoptive parents have agreed upon the exchange of pictures and letters.