Why should I consider adoption?
The choice of adoption is a positive alternative to an unplanned pregnancy.
Many women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy situation do not
search out all of their options. You may be financially unable to support
a child or, if you are already raising children, may be unable to support
another child. You may be at a place in your life where you are not emotionally
ready to care for a new baby.
A mother who creates an adoption plan for her child is placing her child’s
best interest above her own. It is the ultimate unselfish act of love
for a mother to choose life for her child and do what is best for her
child. Adoption is a caring and responsible process that is as natural
and loving as parenting. It does not mean that you do not love your child;
it means you love your child so much that you will sacrifice your own
emotions for your baby. An adoption plan can be whatever you want it to be.
How do I give up my baby for adoption?
When an expectant mother is considering adoption for her baby, it is much
more than just “giving a baby up for adoption.” It means making
an adoption plan for her child, and it means a lot of courage and incredible
sacrifice on her part. The adoption process varies from state to state.
To start your adoption in Colorado,
What is the adoption process?
The adoption process varies from state to state but, in short, begins with
you making contact with a trusted, licensed agency, completing paperwork,
visiting a doctor, and reviewing and selecting an adoptive family.
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Who will help me understand this decision and deal with the loss of my child?
The decision to choose adoption is not an easy one to make on your own.
Although it may be a difficult and painful choice, we will be there to
provide support, including counseling. We have a caring staff of licensed
social workers and Colorado adoption specialists who will walk you through
every step of the process. We want to help you choose what is right for
you and your unborn baby; whatever that may be.
Will I get paid or receive financial assistance?
This answer varies with and depends on state laws. While you don’t
necessarily get paid, you may be entitled to receive financial assistance
to cover your pregnancy-related expenses. Often, medical expenses will
be provided to you as well as safe housing, transportation, food, and
other miscellaneous expenses.
Is adoption free?
The choice of adoption is always at no cost to the birth mother.
How do I pay for medical expenses / hospital costs?
We will help you find assistance in paying the medical bills, which include
hospital costs. The portion of the medical expenses not covered by private
insurance or by state funds will be provided by the adoptive family.
What if I use drugs and/or alcohol?
If you are using drugs and/or alcohol, you can still choose adoption. Some
expectant mothers will feel uncomfortable disclosing to adoptive parents
any drug or alcohol use during pregnancy. It is important for you to:
disclose drug and alcohol use, talk with your doctor about prescription
and recreational drug use, and inform the pediatrician of baby’s
exposure to drugs or alcohol, so you can protect yourself and your baby
from child protective services.
What if I am homeless?
If you are in a housing crisis or don’t have a safe home, we can
arrange a clean, safe, and comfortable place to stay during and after
What is open adoption?
Openness in adoption refers to the amount of contact among birth parents,
adoptive parents, and the adopted child. The amount of contact may vary
from family to family and, within a family, may change over time. This
communication may range from little or no contact; to mediated contact
through a third party, anonymous email, or post office box; to ongoing
communication with shared identifying information; to occasional in-person
contact, holiday visits, or regular communication and visitation when
all parties wish it to happen.
Can I choose the adoptive parents?
Absolutely! All of our waiting families have “profile books”
that have many pictures of them, their home, their extended family, pets,
and much more. The books discuss why the family wants to adopt and provides
a lot of information about the family and their lifestyle. You can meet
your adoptive family prior to your child’s birth, and you choose
the level of contact you would like to have with them following the birth
and the adoption. If you are not comfortable choosing the family, we can
help with that as well.
How do I know the adoptive parents are good people and will provide a safe
All of our prospective adoptive parents go through extensive background
checks and a thorough home study process in order to be approved to adopt.
Requirements vary from state to state, but typically the prospective adoptive
parents must have a health assessment, child abuse checks, fingerprint-based
background checks, and provide proof of their income and financial resources.
Prospective adoptive parents are also required to discuss their backgrounds,
childhoods, family of origins, and current support systems.
Will I be able to meet the adoptive family in person?
Yes, if you wish they can come to meet you before the baby is born and
you can have as much or as little of a relationship with the adoptive
family as you want. You also have the opportunity to talk with them over
the phone throughout the pregnancy. You can call to let them know how
your doctor’s visits are going. If the family is able, and you are
willing, they can even attend a doctor’s appointment with you.
You will know as much information about the adoptive family as we can legally
give you. However, if you prefer to have a closed adoption with the adoptive
family, that is also available.
Can I have contact with my baby while I am in the hospital?
You can see your baby as often as you want while you are in the hospital.
Your Adoption Counselor will help you make that decision and will help
you develop a hospital plan that works emotionally for you. We strive
to respect the birth mother’s wishes for contact.
When will the adoptive family take the baby home?
In most situations, the adoptive family is at the hospital while the birth
mother is in labor. If you would like, the family can even be in the delivery
room with you. The agency suggests if they are from out of the area that
they come to the area a day or two before your estimated due date. If
you deliver early, they will be on the next flight out of their home town.
Under ideal situations, the baby leaves the hospital with the adoptive
parents. Most times, both you and the baby will be discharged from the
hospital at the same time. Your Adoption Counselor will be with you during
this emotional time.
Do I have to go in front of a Judge in court to give my consent?
No. The consents to the adoption are not taken in front of a judge/to court
unless (1) a child falls under the Indian Child Welfare Act or (2) the
birth mother’s mental capacity is questioned.
Will I have to find my own attorney for the consent?
No, we will provide an attorney for you as well as pay his or her fee.
The agency will cover all of your legal fees for the adoption.
Will I be able to know about my child’s health and well-being after
his or her birth?
Ongoing correspondence is definitely an option for you as a birth mother.
We require that the adoptive family be open to sending pictures and letters
at least once a year until the child reaches the age of 18. You are also
able to send the adoptive family letters and pictures for the baby through
The amount of contact you have is dependent on the openness of the adoption
and your relationship with the adoptive family.
Can I change my mind after I relinquish or give up my parental rights?
The paperwork used to relinquish parental rights is almost always permanent
once it is signed. If you wish to change your mind, please seek a qualified
Colorado adoption attorney.
I don’t want my parental rights to be terminated; what should I do?
This is a very difficult question that cannot be answered here. Please
seek the advice of a qualified attorney.
I just had a baby, but I want to give it up for adoption.
If you are feeling that parenting your newborn is not the right option
for you or you feel in your heart that another family is right for your
child, you have several options. We can help you develop an adoption plan
where you can pick a family, have an open or closed adoption, and have
the assurance that your baby’s needs are being met and will have
a solid future. Time is of the essence – we recommend that you contact
us as soon as possible.
For more answers and information, or to start your adoption plan, call
(303) 756-4673 or
contact us online.