Q: Can I choose a family for my baby?
A: Of course! Most agencies have a variety of families you can choose from. Each one has been through an intensive screening process that includes criminal background and child abuse and neglect checks.
Q: Does the father of my child have any rights?
A: Both you and the father of your baby have rights. If you disagree on the plan that meets the best interests of your child, the agency will usualy work with the child’s father and the courts to determine if his rights can be terminated.
Q: How much will my child know about me?
A: The answer to this question depends on the type of adoption plan you choose – open, semi-open, or confidential. An open adoption plan permits ongoing visits with your adoptive family and child. A semi-open adoption means that you stay connected with your child through letters and pictures. If you prefer no contact with your child or adoptive family, a confidential adoption plan may best meet your needs. Most states require that you provide non-identifying information about your medical and social background, however.
Q: Will my child be able to find me when they grow up?
A: The laws in your state determine when and how your child may access information about you. Most agencies can help you with this process.
Q: What kind of financial assistance is available?
A: Most states allow for medical and legal assistance when making an adoption plan; however, each state has different laws pertaining to payment of living expenses.