If 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.
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.
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.
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.