Frequently Asked Questions from Birth Parents
Why SHOULD I choose adoption?
Birth parents choose adoption for many reasons:
- Wanting their child to have a more stable or financially secure home;
- Not wanting their education or career opportunities to be cut short by the responsibilities of raising a child;
- Not feeling ready for the lifelong commitments of parenting.
How do I know if adoption is the right decision for mE?
These are the most common questions we receive from birth parents facing an unplanned pregnancy. We can provide you with counseling to help you think through your options. Consider the following:
- What are the pros and cons of parenting and what are the pros and cons of adoption?
- Are you prepared to parent a child for the next 18 years?
- What resources are available to you if you choose to raise the child yourself?
How do I know if my child will be placed in a loving home?
Alliance for Children’s families are closely screened and approved to adopt only after having home visits, receiving state clearances and FBI checks, providing letters of reference, physician screening, proof of financial stability, completing adoption educational training and more. Approval to adopt is given only after the family demonstrates their ability to raise a child in a safe, loving, stable and financially secure home.
Will my child end up in foster care?
No. Alliance for Children is a private child placement agency with state licensure. Birth parents who are unable to parent may choose adoption through our agency so they can play a role in selecting a family outside of the foster care system. Most adoptive families take the child into their care directly after hospital discharge.
Can I choose which family will adopt my baby?
Absolutely. It is our hope that this will instill greater confidence that your adoption plan is the best choice for you and your child. Click on the "waiting families" link to view some of our waiting families and call/text us for more information.
Will I have to go to court?
Probably not. Adoption counseling and legal paperwork are usually completed outside of court in a comfortable, private location. A few states require this step but most do not. We will do everything we can to make this process as easy on you as possible.
Will I have to pay for an attorney?
No. Legal services are available to you by a reputable attorney at no cost to you.
Can I make an adoption plan after my baby is born?
Yes. Alliance for Children is here to assist you during your pregnancy and even after your baby is born. We specialize in late term adoption planning and receive phone calls from birth mothers while at the hospital in labor. We understand and are here to help you.
will the agency provide me with FINANCIAL assistance during my pregnancy?
Yes. Alliance for Children can provide you with pregnancy related expenses during your pregnancy and for up to several weeks after birth. Allowable birth parent financial assistance varies from state to state. Talk to one of our birth parent counselors about the kind of financial assistance this is available to you in your area.
What if THE alliance for children does not have an office in my state?
No problem. We work with birth parents all over the United States. We can assist you with your adoption no matter where you are live.
What is the next step to make an adoption pLAn?
Reach out. Whether you are pregnant or have already had your baby, the next step is to contact us. Our professional, kind and caring staff is here to offer support and help you get started, 24/7. If you are not ready to talk, text us, chat or read on about Alliance for Children's birth parent counseling and adoption services.