Just as every person has a unique fingerprint, each adoption agency is unique as well. Learn what services they provide and consider how those services meet your preferences and needs.
- Look for an organization that has been placing children with adoptive families for several years.
- Look for an agency that offers counseling and assistance to you before, during and after the birth of your baby. This is extremely important.
- Ask what kinds of adoptive parents they serve and what their screening process is:
- Must parents be married or are single parents allowed?
- What age, health and other background requirements does the agency have?
- Consider how you feel about these requirements and what type of parents you prefer for your baby.
- Find out whether the organization has a particular religious affiliation and whether their services align with your needs and beliefs.
Do you have special circumstances that might play a part in your adoption plan?
- Do you have any health concerns for you or your baby that the agency needs to know about?
- Do they have adoptive parents willing to care for biracial children or children with special needs?
Do you need a place to live?
- Some agencies provide housing in apartments or maternity homes.
- Some organizations even offer temporary housing after your baby is born.
Do you need to continue your schooling or gain specific job or life skills?
- Ask an agency if they are able to help you continue your education.
- Inquire if they offer special courses such as:
- Resumé writing for future employment
- Health and fitness programs
- Spiritual guidance and support
As you consider your options, gather as much information as you can. Try not to rush. Allow yourself the valuable gift of time.
There are many organizations and individuals who are willing to assist you in this important decision. Take time to contact them and ask for their help in making a plan that works for you.
It is not easy to be where you are right now, but with information and support you can make good life decisions for yourself and for your baby!
Some other helpful websites to check out:
- Find an adoption agency: AdoptionCouncil.org/Who-We-Are/Agency-Map.html
- Know your rights: Bethany.org/Main/Pregnancy-Resources/Adoption
- Unexpected pregnancy help: ImPregnant.org
If you need further guidance and encouragement, Focus on the Family has a staff of licensed, professional Christian counselors available to talk with you at no charge. Just call 800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).