Birth Parent Rights
- Receive professional, caring and competent services, and to be treated with dignity and respect.
- A full assessment and understanding of your situation and needs.
- Participate in developing a service plan designed to meet your needs and the needs of your child.
- Written information about adoption alternatives.
- Refuse services that are offered to you.
- Written information about signing relinquishment papers and termination of parental rights.
- Receive copies of all documents you may be asked to sign.
- Receive documents in your primary language.
- Written information regarding the agency's criteria for selecting adoptive parents.
- A description of the adoptive parent(s), including their interests, talents, and lifestyle.
- State your preferences regarding the selection of adoptive parent(s) for your child.
- Request that your child is placed in a home of a particular religion.
- Update information in your agency record at any time.
- Details regarding present laws governing adopted children's rights to obtain information about their birth
- The processes people sometimes use to find their birth relatives.
- Information regarding any adoption service provided by this agency, and general information about types of adoption, and adoption issues, practices, and laws.
- Receive sufficient counseling and education for you to make an informed decision.
- Have time to make your decision.
- Know the agency's policy on contacting birth parents if the child's placement falls through.
- Select witnesses, people who support you when you sign your relinquishment papers.
- Not be coerced by any person into relinquishing your child for adoption.
- Refuse contact from the prospective adoptive parents or their agent.
- Receive a copy of all documents you have signed, including the surrender.
- Know that any payments made for your expenses are not contingent on the surrender of your child.
- Your own counsel, if desired.
- Know the relationship between the agency and its attorney and that the attorney represents the agency, not the adoptive parent(s) or birth parent(s).
- Know that the agency cannot enforce any voluntary agreements entered into between birth parent(s) and adoptive parent(s). In some states there are legally enforceable agreements for post adoption contact that adoptive parents and birth parents can enter into. The agency will discuss your options with you.
- Receive post-birth counseling from the Agency or to be referred to another agency.
- Receive the agency’s grievance and appeal procedures, and to file a grievance.
Adoption Plans Explained
Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption? There are three basic types of adoption plans. You can choose from any of these options. Alliance for Children can help you create a personalized adoption plan that reflects your wishes. We work together so you will have an active role in choosing a pre-approved adoptive family. This way you will have greater peace of mind and know that your adoption plan is the best choice for you and your child.
Confidential Adoption Plan
Confidential adoption plans (aka “closed” adoption) are selected by birth parents who do not want to share their information with an adoptive family and who want no relationship before or after the adoption occurs. Birth parents may select an adoptive family or ask the agency to choose a family on their behalf and the parties do not meet.
Semi-Open Adoption Plan
Semi-open adoption plans are chosen by birth parents who prefer to have some contact with the adoptive family during pregnancy and after the adoption. The parties may exchange non-identifying information (e.g., first names and the state/region in which they reside), but their identifying information remains private. The parties may exchange pictures and letter updates through the adoption agency on an ongoing basis (until the child turns 18). This type of adoption plan offers privacy as well as ongoing communication.
Open Adoption Plan
Open adoption plans are selected by birth parents who want some kind of ongoing, in-person contact with the adoptive family and the child during pregnancy and after the adoption. It involves exchanging identifying information between the parties (such as names, addresses, and phone numbers, and may include periodic visits).