New Beginnings

Domestic Adoptions - New BeginningsIf you are considering adopting a baby we have two types of programs for you; New Beginnings and America’s Orphans. If you are okay with a baby who is drug exposed, drug addicted or special needs, consider the America’s Orphans program. If you want an infant as healthy as possible, New Beginnings is the program for you. You will have the opportunity to meet the birth parents and receive as much social/medical information as possible so you can make an informed decision. Adopting is a process and often an exciting and fulfilling one! Being prepared is the key. You will be loved and supported here!

If you are pregnant and need help, we are here to do just that. We have a loving staff who understand your needs. We will find out through counseling what your choices are and what will be best for your adoption, parenting or guardianship are explored. We will explore your feelings and come up with a plan. We want you to know there is NO pressure put on you here. It is safe. It is confidential. We will help you with housing, medical care, food, clothing and other needs. You do not need to place your child for adoption to receive this care. But if you do choose adoption, here are some answers to questions you may have.

Birth Parents:

A social worker, from ICA, meets with birth mothers during their pregnancy. The birth parents have an opportunity to share their story and ask questions. If the birthparents decide to make an adoption plan, they’re encouraged to participate by selecting adoptive parents among those who are Home Study approved.

The Baby:

In most cases, the baby can come home after being released from the hospital. Birthparents sign legal documents to “relinquish” their parental rights so the child can be adopted. The amount of time it takes to complete the legal paperwork can vary.

Adoptive Parents:

Before being matched with a child, prospective adoptive parents are interviewed. They MUST complete 32 hours of adoptive parent training. Once they’re matched with a child, the social worker serves as the liaison between the hospital, the birth family, and the adoptive family for a smooth transition. After placement, the social worker will meet with the family for 6 months to monitor the child’s well-being and the family’s adjustment.

Open or Closed Adoption:

Some adoptions are closed- with little to no relationship between the families. Some adoptions are semi-open or open- with continued exchange of updates and photos over the years. In some adoptions, the social worker helps the birth and adoptive family come to a shared understanding of expectations for contact.

Pregnant Client Questions and Answers

  • If you are unable to parent, the adoptive family will give an opportunity of dreams that you would have for the child.
  • Because it is a better decision than abortion.
  • Because each decision you make is a permanent one that you cannot reverse.
    Because you can choose a family for the child.
  • Because even if it seems like the right thing to do right now, alternatives do exist to help you with medical needs, housing, food and other things.
  • There is good free counseling available to you so you can feel unpressured and make an informed decision.
  • You will rest knowing the baby will be alive and well taken care of…full of possibilities, hope for a future and well supported.
  • No. We have their fingerprints taken to make sure.
  • Yes, when you and the child are discharged from the hospital.
  • It is all done legally and at no charge to you.
  • All counseling is free and available weekly for you. If you need help with getting to appointments, that is also available.
PREGNANCY STATISTICS:

About 820,000 teens become pregnant each year. That means that 34% of teenagers have at least one pregnancy before they turn 20.
79% of teenagers who become pregnant are unmarried.
80% of teenage pregnancies are unintended.
Close to 25% of teen mothers have a second child within two years of the first birth.
Source: “Facts and Stats,” the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Total Abortions since 1973: 54,559,615
Source: National Rights to Life Committee 2012

INFERTILITY STATISTICS:

Number of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity (impaired ability to have children): 7.3M
Percent of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity: 11.8%
Number of married women ages 15-44 that are infertile (unable to get pregnant for at least 12 consecutive months): 2.1M
Percent of married women ages 15-44 that are infertile: 7.4%
Number of women ages 15-44 who have ever used infertility services: 7.3M
Source: National Survey of Family Growth