What is A Loving Alternatives Role in Helping Me Place My Baby for Adoption?
A Loving Alternative is an adoption facilitator. Our role in the adoption is to help you create an adoption that focuses on your needs. We assist you in your search for the right adoptive parents for your child. We have many families for you to choose from. Once you have selected the parents you want to adopt your baby, we will arrange for you to have the resources needed to assist you in a legal and caring adoption plan. A local adoption attorney or agency will be retained for you, as well as a counselor to counsel you and prepare you for the legal and emotional aspects of the adoption. These services are provided at no cost to you.
Can I Receive Help With Living Expenses?
Laws regarding living expenses will vary depending on the state you reside in. Most states allow for pregnancy related expenses. Allowable expenses typically include rent, utilities, food, tranportation and maternity clothes. Also, all counseling, medical and legal services will be provided at no cost to you.
Can I Choose Between Open or Closed Adoption?
The choice about openness is yours. All of the couples we work with are open to meeting and getting to know you prior to the birth. They will also gladly provide you with pictures and updates throughout the years. Many of our waiting adoptive families are also comfortable with ongoing visits. You can decide how much contact you want.
How Are Adopting Couples Screened?
Couples who are planning on adopting a baby must complete a process called a home study. This means they are thoroughly screened. The home study typically includes criminal and health background checks as well as home visits and a review of finances to ensure a couple is capable of parenting a child. Every state requires that adopting couples complete a home study. In addition to the mandatory screening, you will be able to meet and evaluate waiting adoptive parents. We want you to be completely comfortable and confident with your placement choice.
When Will I Sign Over My Parental Rights?
The laws regarding termination of birth parent rights vary from state to state. The attorney or agency hired to represent you will thoroughly explain your rights to you. Their job is to make sure you are fully aware of your rights and that you have a complete understanding before you sign anything.
What Happens If I Change My Mind?
We provide you with many resources that will work with you and help you determine prior to the birth if adoption is the right choice for you. Social workers will help you look at your options and your commitment to an adoption plan; they will also help you prepare for the emotions you may be flooded with during the birth. If for any reason you decide prior to the birth that adoption is not the right choice you are free to do so. However, we hope that you enter into an adoption plan with a firm commitment to place your child for adoption. The choices you make will have a tremendous impact on many people’s lives. This decision should not be taken lightly. Technically, you can change your mind up to the time your rights are terminated.