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Pregnancy FAQ

Birth mother FAQ

Birth fathers do have rights and we will need to address that relationship. If you are no longer in contact with the father or do not wish to speak to him, we can assist you. We want to help make sure the adoption process goes smoothly for you and we will educate you on what you need to know.
Yes, absolutely. We will provide you with detailed information on several families based on the type of parents you want for your baby. You will be able to meet them in person if you wish.
You will be guided through the process of deciding the level of contact that is best for you after the birth. You will be able to have an open adoption or a partially open adoption. We will assist you in negotiating the details with the adoptive family.
You will need to surround yourself with a supportive friends and/or family members. If you are pregnant and over the age of 12, you are legally able to consent to making a confidential adoption plan. We can provide you access to a counselor who will be able to assist you in telling your parents or family if you wish. We are here to support you. Ultimately, who you tell and when, is up to you.
The amount of contact you have after the birth is up to you. We can assist you in coming up with guidelines you are comfortable with.
Nothing. There is no charge for women who are pregnant. You may also qualify for financial assistance to assist you with living expenses and medical care during your pregnancy. We will help you figure it all out.
We can assist you with medical expenses. Please don’t worry about this. We want to help make sure your pregnancy and baby are as healthy as they can be.
We screen adoptive families very carefully. Before they are approved, they will have passed an FBI background check, had a complete home study and been through training with our agency.
You will be able to see full profiles of our approved adoptive families. You will be able to choose the family that feels like a good fit for you and your baby.
Yes, you can. Until you sign over your parental rights, the baby is yours. You may have as much or as little contact as you desire with the baby in the hospital. You may choose to have the adoptive parents come to the hospital during labor, after labor, or not all. We will assist you in making a hospital birth plan that feels comfortable for you.
Angelheart will be able to assist you in making a plan for your living arrangements, health care, and counseling needs after the birth of the baby.
An open adoption is where you know the adoptive family and they know you. You and the adoptive family will negotiate an arrangement that is comfortable for both of you regarding contact and visits throughout the child’s life. You and the adoptive family will have direct contact with each other.
A closed adoption means that you will have no contact with the baby or the adoptive family after the birth. The child will be given access to any medical history you have provided but will not know who you are.
A partially open adoption is a middle ground between closed and open adoption. We will help you decide which type of adoption is the best fit for you. Contact between you and the adoptive parents will go through a third party, often an attorney.
There are families out there willing to adopt babies that have had prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol. You can still make an adoption plan for your baby.
It is often helpful to talk with someone who has “walked a mile in your shoes.” Our counselors can help you find other women to talk to and introduce you to some community resources. Many therapists will have birth parent support groups available and we will help you find one.

Birth father FAQ

The laws vary, but you do have the right to know of an adoption plan and participate. If you do not agree, you have the right to contest the adoption process. Our adoption case managers can help you understand your rights and the laws.
Yes, you may be part of the decision making process in choosing an adoptive family for your baby.
Once parental rights are terminated and the baby is placed with the adoptive family, you will not be required to pay child support.
Open adoption is where you know the adoptive family and they know you. You along with the baby’s mother, and the adoptive family will negotiate an arrangement that is comfortable for all of you regarding contact and visits throughout the child’s life. You and the adoptive family will have direct contact with each other. If you desire, you have the right to maintain contact with the child and the adoptive family.
A closed adoption means that you will have no contact with the baby or the adoptive family after the birth. The child will be given access to any medical history you have provided but will not know who you are.
A partially open adoption is a middle ground between closed and open adoption. We will help you decide which type of adoption is the best fit for you. Contact between you and the adoptive parents will go through a third party, often an attorney.
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