I am considering adoption:
Adoption is a very loving and selfless parenting option in which you have the unique opportunity to provide a quality of life for your child through creating an adoption plan that you may or may not be able to offer him or her at this time. By creating an adoption plan for your child you will be able to select a loving adoptive family and decide whether you want to have a closed, semi-open or open adoption plan and determine your level of correspondence with that family and your child throughout your child’s life.
How can Athens Pregnancy Center help?
It our desire to educate our clients on whatever options they are considering! We have information about adoption and have a great contact with a local adoption agency. We would love to listen to your thoughts concerning adoption and provide you with information about your different options with adoption. If you would like, we would be happy to help you make a contact with the local adoption agency in Athens and are here to walk with you through that process.
If I talk with a local adoption agency does that mean I will have to place my baby for adoption or feel pressured to do so?
Absolutely not! We and our local adoption agency are here to support you no matter what decision you make regarding adoption! You actually cannot sign any legal paperwork regarding your adoption until 24 hours after you give birth to your baby. The State of Georgia allows you up to 10 days after your child’s birth to change your mind about adoption. However, if you are considering adoption it would likely be in your best interest to begin the process as early as possible so that you can have as much time as you need to have your questions answered, have the opportunity to pick the best family for your child and have someone walk through this journey with you.
How will I pick an adoptive family for my child?
Most adoption agencies have family profile books of potential adoptive parents who have been screened and approved to adopt. In these profile books, often the potential adoptive couples will share their story, provide you with pictures of themselves and share their heart for adopting. They have gone through a careful screening process including background checks and home studies to ensure they are financially and emotionally ready to be parents!
Are there any costs for me to choose an adoption plan?
No, with most adoption agencies services to the birth mother are completely free!
Can I receive updates and pictures from my child’s adoptive family in the future?
There are several adoption plans that you can choose from where you can decide how much contact you would like to have with your child and his or her adoptive family in the future. The three main adoption plans are Open, Semi-Open and Closed. You can pick the plan that you are most comfortable with and the best one for your life.
If you are considering adoption, we would be more than happy to talk with you about this possibility and help answer any other questions you may have. We are here for you no matter what and would love to be a friend to you in this process!