Pregnant? Considering adoption? You are not alone! Many women face unplanned or unwanted pregnancies and we have the best adoption agencies in AZ to help. The first thing to understand is that adoption is not giving up. Creating an adoption plan means you are taking control of your situation which is the exact opposite of giving up.
“Give up baby” is negative adoption language which stems from ancient adoption practices in which young women were forced to hand over their newborns. Combined with “put up baby” which was coined during the orphan train movement in the mid 1800’s in which orphans were put up on a platform for families to choose – these continue to be common phrases. Our website uses these terms to help people find adoption services and pregnancy options.
Once someone has found our adoption materials, we take the time to explain the benefits of choosing adoption and the reality of the adoption process. Below is a tour through the basic steps of the modern adoption process in Arizona for a pregnant woman considering to place a baby for adoption.
Before we begin, please know that at any time you may speak directly with an adoption counselor 24/7, confidentially, and with no obligation by calling or texting 480-900-5520 or via our contact form.
We have worked with hundreds of pregnant women in your exact situation and we understand your feelings, fears, and questions during this difficult time. Even though we are an adoption agency and advocate for adoption, we will talk to you honestly about your pregnancy options, ALL your options and will provide you with resources to help you make the best decision for your situation. If that means ultimately parenting, that’s okay!
If you do decide to take the next step toward adoption, below describes how the adoption process in Arizona will work – the step by step adoption process.
STEP 1: Contact Adoption Choices of Arizona
Call or text 480-900-5520 (or toll free at 888-422-9912)
We are a licensed adoption agency serving birth parents across Arizona. A professional adoption specialist will be by your side through every step. You are no longer alone!
STEP 2: Schedule Initial Meeting
An adoption specialist can come to you, call you, text with you, video chat – whatever you feel comfortable with!! We work with you one-on-one! We can provide financial support if you need it, counseling support if you need it, and legal and medical support.
STEP 3: Complete Paperwork
An adoption specialist will provide you with all the necessary paperwork and walk you through what everything means. We want to make sure you are confident and comfortable through your journey.
STEP 4: Pregnancy Care
If you are in a homeless situation, your adoption specialist 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 counselor will discuss your needs and help build an adoption plan budget that works for you.
STEP 5: Review Family Profiles
You are in charge of nearly every aspect of the adoption, including choosing the adoptive family. Early in the process, our adoption specialist 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!
Your adoption specialist will work with you to find exactly the type of family you see your child growing up in.
STEP 7: Family Introduction
Since you’ll choose the type of adoption you want, you can meet the family or not. Your adoption specialist will help you schedule a conference call or meeting with your adoptive family – if you choose an open adoption.
STEP 8: Stay in Touch with Adoption Specialist
Attend doctor’s appointments. Communicate with your adoptive family. And reach out to your adoption specialist; this is a very emotional time for you, you are never alone!
STEP 9: Your Due Date!
You are in charge of your hospital and birth plan and your adoption specialist will be present to advocate for you at the hospital. You will detail your preferences for delivery like who you want to be in the room, if you will hold the baby, and naming the baby.
STEP 10: Birth of Child
The baby will leave the hospital with the adoptive family. Your adoption specialist will schedule a date for you to give your final consent and relinquish parental rights.
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 – ChildConnect. Expenses will continue to be paid for 6 weeks after delivery. Counseling is also available at no cost to you!