Frequently Asked Adoption Questions

Can I pick the adoptive family?

How does AZ adoption work?

Can I change my mind?

When can I get financial assistance?

Choosing the adoptive family

Can my adoption be confidential?

Adoption FAQ

Adoption Answers for Birth Parent’s Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you are searching for unplanned pregnancy help or experiencing a crisis pregnancy and do not feel you are ready to parent, you may wish to consider adoption. And you probably have plenty of questions. Check out our Adoption FAQ on this page. Remember, we are available and ready to discuss your options with you, at no obligation to you!

Why is Adoption Choices of Arizona the right adoption agency?

If you choose adoption, Adoption Choices of Arizona local adoption agencies provide each birth mother with your own personal adoption counselor who guides you through the process in person. She can help you get to and from doctor appointments, set up housing, and insurance appointments, such as Medicaid, WIC, and food stamps if you qualify.

Most importantly, she can talk to you and listen to your feelings while going through the process of adoption. The adoption counselor helps you create the adoption plan that is right for you!

Free adoption services are available to you and are tailored to your specific needs. They might include housing costs, maternity clothes, food, transportation, and more.

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, 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.

There are many couples, families, and individuals that would love the opportunity to parent your child. The reasons vary from an inability to conceive or other infertility issues to a desire to expand their family. Our adoptive families are certified through the courts or licensed by certified agencies and have undertaken a thorough process to ensure your child’s safety with a stable and loving home.

An adoption plan can be whatever you want it to be.

What is the adoption process in Arizona?

Call or text 480-900-5520 (or toll free at 888-422-9912)
An Adoption Counselor will be by your side through every step. You are no longer alone!

An Adoption Counselor can come to you.

An Adoption Counselor will provide you with all the necessary paperwork.

If you are in a homeless situation, your Adoption Counselor will help you with finding housing and transportation, offer financial help with some expenses, and find you the best doctor who is sympathetic to your particular needs and you will receive pre-natal and medical care.

Your Adoption Counselor will bring you carefully screened family profiles to choose from.
Don’t feel you have the right family? We’ll get more profiles.

You are in charge of nearly every aspect of the adoption, including choosing the adoptive family. Your Adoption Counselor will work with you to find exactly the type of family you see your child growing up in.

Your Adoption Counselor will help you schedule a conference call with your adoptive family. And maybe even a visit!

Attend doctor’s appointments. Communicate with your adoptive family. And reach out to your Adoption Counselor; this is a very emotional time for you, you are not alone!

You are in charge of your hospital and birth plan and your Adoption Counselor will be present to advocate for you at the hospital.

The baby will leave the hospital with the adoptive family. Your Adoption Counselor will schedule a date for you to give your final consent.

You and the adoptive family will agree to post-placement communication which will vary and at a minimum include pictures and letters via a web-based program. Expenses will continue to be paid for 6 weeks after delivery.

Contact Adoption Choices of Arizona now by calling or texting 480-900-5520 or via our contact form.

Can you help me plan adoption in Phoenix, Arizona?

We offer adoption services in Phoenix and across Arizona. 

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, if you would like.

Will I get paid or receive financial help for adoption?

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. Your adoption counselor will go over what kind of assistance you can expect.

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.

I've used drugs during pregnancy. What does that mean?

If you are using drugs and/or alcohol,  you can still choose adoption and make an adoption plan. It is very important for you to be upfront about your drug and/or alcohol use with your adoption counselor and doctors.

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 your pregnancy.

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 family of my child?

Yes, you have the option of approving the parents who will be adopting your baby. Each family makes a picture profile, which is a mini-scrap book that tells you about their lives. The profiles we will present to you are filled with photos of the family, their vacations, their home, hobbies and much more. It may also include a “Dear Birth Mother” letter that addresses other frequently asked questions such as their likes and dislikes, as well as their desires for you and your child.

The preferences that you have for parents for your child are matched with profiles of families that have similar preferences. Open adoption, closed adoption, families with no children, families with children, gay couples, and religious preference are all factors that you control. The one thing they all have in common is a desire to be a parent and make a lifelong commitment to love your child unconditionally.

How do I know the adoptive family will provide a safe environment in which to raise my child?

All of our prospective adoptive parents go through extensive FBI clearance and state background checks. Social workers meet them in their homes to interview them and the homes are inspected for safety. The couples are required to provide a State Bureau of Investigation report and a child abuse clearance report as well as birth certificates, a copy of their marriage license, and physician’s reports that include HIV test results. They provide financial statements of all their assets and debts. They are required to submit their federal income tax forms. References are required. Adoptive families are carefully screened.

Will I be able to meet the adoptive family in person?

Yes, if you wish they can come 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.

If the adoptive parents live out of state, they must remain in Arizona for about 2 weeks after the birth while state mandated paperwork is completed. Often birth mothers and the adoptive parents will make arrangements to get together during this time. 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 Arizona 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.

Is transitional care ever involved?

In extreme cases, when the adoptive family is unable to arrive before the baby is released from the hospital, we will place the baby in cradle care. The families who provide care for the child during this short period of time are screened as intensively as the adoptive family.

Do I have to go in front of a Judge to give my consent?

No, the consents to the adoption are not taken in front of a judge 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 agency.

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 / 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 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 and/or discuss with your adoption counselor right away.

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, contact us ASAP.

Can I make an Adoption Plan without the Birth Father’s Consent?

Yes, if the birth father will not give his consent, or if you are unable to locate him, the attorney for the agency will complete the legal process to terminate his parental rights. Our Adoption Counselors will explain the process or we can put you in touch with an attorney who will explain the termination process.

Can I pick the adoptive family?

Yes, we have a variety of families and work to narrow down the adoptive families available to just the ones that meet your criteria.In the adoption plan, you can pick and review the adoptive family of choice. If you’d like, you could share contact information with the potential adoptive family. 

In Arizona, there are three adoption options to choose from. If you’re interested in having a relationship with the adoptive family once chosen. You can select the open adoption option, allowing both adoptive family and birth mother to share contacts. All the adoption options enable birth mothers to pick the family, even the closed adoption option, in certain circumstances. But if you’d like to remain anonymous regarding who you are. You can choose the semi-closed or closed adoption. 

With choosing the adoptive family. You have the options of: 

  • LGBTQ+
  • Transracial
  • Young 
  • Older
  • Single
  • And heterosexual families

How does this all work?

The adoption process is pretty lengthy, but essentially you start out by meeting with one of our Adoption Specialists in-person to answer more in-depth questions. If you and the specialist feel like adoption is the right route for you then we complete an intake with you and begin working on your packet to assist in finding an adoptive family for you. When looking to place your child up for adoption. You’ll need an adoption plan. This is a step-by-step guide to the adoption process. That will help you throughout your birth. Before you can create an adoption plan, ask yourself why. Why are you placing your child up for adoption? Is this because of financial purposes? Did you not plan on having children?

Understand the reason you’re doing this before you can continue. When looking for help with the adoption process. Our agency has counselors that will walk you through the process. They’ll help you create an adoption plan. Which is a step-by-step guide that’ll be helpful during the adoption process. It goes over:

  • Which adoption type do you like? 
  • What type of adoptive parent (s) are you looking for? 
  • While also going over the birth/hospital plan. 

When can I get financial assistance?

This varies by expectant mother, as no two mothers are the same; however, you must be into your second trimester with proof from a doctor before we can start this piece. Additionally, in Arizona, we need to ask the court for permission for funds over a certain amount so this is sometimes a discussion. Our adoption agency will help provide resources during your pregnancy. These resources include helping create a budget plan. That will go over what’s allowed to be provided by the court, which includes: rent, groceries, transportation, your phone bill, and maternity clothes.

In Arizona, the government programs that can also help are Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Housing Assistance. If you’d like to learn more about what government programs Arizona provides for birth mothers, speak to one of our adoption specialists. 

Can I change my mind?

Yes, you can change your mind up until the point that you sign consent typically 72hours post-birth. We encourage that you work with a specialist or therapist prior to getting matched if you are considering all of your options BEFORE you select a family. It’s normal to not be 100% on your decision, but you also do not want to move forward if you are 50% on your decision. Instead, it’s best that we talk about how to best support your other options such as parenting or the child being placed with kin. In Arizona, once you’ve signed the adoption documents it is permanent. So please be certain about placing your child up for adoption. Once you have relinquished the parental rights to the birth child you can’t change your mind. The only what to revoke an adoption is if it was made under duress, fraud, or coercion.  

Can my adoption be confidential?

Yes, however, the father also has to be advised so he will know. And if you do not have his information we have to publish it in a local newspaper in an effort to notify him, and your name would need to be included in that publication. During the adoption process, we give birth mothers three adoption options. They can choose from an open, semi-open, and closed adoption.

Open adoption is when the birth mother and the adoptive parent (s) share contact information. In the semi-closed option, communication is mediated by a third party, in this case, our adoption agency. And finally a closed adoption, this is where the adoption agency does everything. This means neither parties want to share contact information. The adoption agency is the one that handles the adoption. They’re the ones that will typically choose the adoptive parent (s) and the ones that will handle the adoption agreement.  

Choosing the adoptive family

Yes, we have a large array of certified families. We work hard to match you with several families that are the BEST match for you and provide you with their adoption profile book to review. From those you select the family that you are most comfortable with. We have a large array of certified families. During the adoption plan, you can choose the adoptive family of choice. An adoption plan is a plan made by the adoption agency. That goes over what needs to be done during the pregnancy. It goes over:

  • Why you’ve decided to place your child up for adoption
  • What adoption option are you looking for 
  • What type of adoptive family would you like
  • What you’d like your birth/hospital plan to look like
  • The post-adoption agreement.

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