I am Pregnant....

Call us for general information and answers to your questions!  You are not committed to adoption if you make the call!

Birthmother Services Available

  • Absolutely NO fees to you, the birth parents
  • Confidential - family & friends do not have to be notified
  • Opportunity to choose your child's adoptive family
  • Option to have letters or photos of your child after placement
  • Counseling by an independent, licensed counselor
  • Attorney and staff available Monday - Friday for any Questions you may have
  • Confidential voicemail for questions on weekends or after working hours
  • Guidance with living and medical expenses as allowed by state law

We care about you and your decision to choose adoption as a loving alternative for the Life of your baby. Please call our office with your questions, or if you just need someone to listen. We will be here for you, and support you in a friendly, nurturing way.

We are here to help with housing, medical and other allowable expenses, as allowed by the law of your home state or the home state of your adoptive couple.                                   

Waiting Families

Consider Adoption....You may likely find that adoption is an option you can live with! Meet your adoptive couple; build and develop a relationship with your adoptive family; receive post adoption photos and updates on your child.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can I choose who will adopt my child?

Yes! We will discuss with you your heart's desire about the couple/person to whom you would be willing to entrust your child. Next, we will find several adoptive parents who meet your qualifications, and ultimately recommend a family for you to consider. The adoptive parent(s) will provide you with a Mini-Scrapbook, which will contain photos as well as tell you about that family. Once you choose your family we determine whether you want to meet, and if so, we set up telephone conferences and ultimately in-person visits. Whether you want to meet your adoptive family is up to you!

2. What happens if I decide I want my child back?

Choosing adoption means choosing a permanent new home for your child. Adoption is not like foster care or temporary custody. Although as a birth parent you may always be an important part of your child's life, the decision of adoption is a transfer of all parental rights and responsibilities from the birthparents to the adoptive couple.

3. Can I stay in contact with my child?

The amount of post adoption contact varies in every adoption, and is discussed between the birthparents, the adoptive couple and the attorney to agency. Most of the time post adoption photos and letters are exchanged 2-3 times per year. Your wishes as a birthparent are extremely important, and an adoptive couple will be found who is agreeable to your post adoption contact requests.

4. Does the birthfather need to know?

Every state has different laws regarding the necessity of contacting and obtaining a consent to adoption from a birthfather. The law of your state and of the state of the adoptive couple will be reviewed to determine whether this will be necessary. In Louisiana, the birthfather must be contacted to provide his consent unless his identity is unknown. You will not have to contact the birthfather, our office will take care of this for you.

5. If I’m under 18 years old, do my parents have to know?

Every state has laws regarding the necessity of parental consent in adoption. Again, we will review the law of your state and the home state of the adoptive couple to determine whether or not your parents need to be involved in the adoption process. In Louisiana, a birthparent under 18 years old must have parental consent when signing a consent, unless that consent is given to a Louisiana adoption agency. We will take every legal step possible to protect your privacy!

6. Can I receive financial assistance during my pregnancy?

Again, state law varies, but in Louisiana, living and medical expenses can be paid during pregnancy and for up to 6 weeks post delivery. However, expenses must be carefully documented and verified. Selling a baby is illegal in Louisiana.

Material presented on the Center for Adoption website is intended for information purposes only.

It is not intended as professional advice and should not be construed as such.

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