If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or crisis pregnancy and do not feel you are ready to parent, you may wish to consider adoption. We are available and ready to discuss your options with you, at no obligation to you!
If you choose adoption, Adoption Choices of Arizona provides 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!
Services available to you are tailored to your specific needs.
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.
STEP 2 | SCHEDULE INITIAL MEETING
An Adoption Counselor can come to you.
STEP 3 | COMPLETE PAPERWORK
An Adoption Counselor will provide you with all the necessary paperwork.
STEP 4 | PREGNANCY CARE
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.
STEP 5 | REVIEW FAMILY PROFILES
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.
STEP 6 | CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE MATCHED!
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.
STEP 7 | FAMILY INTRODUCTION
Your Adoption Counselor will help you schedule a conference call with your adoptive family. And maybe even a visit!
STEP 8 | STAY IN TOUCH WITH ADOPTION COUNSELOR
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!
STEP 9 | YOUR DUE DATE!
You are in charge of your hospital and birth plan and your Adoption Counselor will be present to advocate for you at the hospital.
STEP 10 | BIRTH OF CHILD
The baby will leave the hospital with the adoptive family. Your Adoption Counselor will schedule a date for you to give your final consent.
STEP 11 | POST-PLACEMENT
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.
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.
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.
The choice of adoption is always at no cost to the birth mother.
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.
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.
Read more about drug use and pregnancy here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.