Blog

Our blog covers topics on adoption, assisted reproduction, and surrogacy.  You can read articles, personal stories, and commentaries written by our staff and our clients.  A complete listing of all blog postings appear in chronological order below.  To sort entries based on your interests, select one of the categories to the right under “categories.”

Please call us or send a confidential email if you have any questions, comments or would like to to contribute to our blog.  We look forward to hearing from you!

(925) 945 1880 or (800) 877-1880.

Adoption

Adoption not only connects two families, it is also a legal process.

An adoption is a pivotal moment for three parties: the child, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents. The process of creating an adoption plan is one that will shape the rest of an adopted child’s life, so it’s not something to take lightly. While you can certainly find inexpensive do-it-yourself adoption services information online, it’s important to ensure that you have all of your legal documents in order.

Adoption Options

When you’re looking at adoption, you may already have a family who would like to adopt your child. This family may even be part of your own family. Some birth parents have friends who would love to adopt, while others choose families they find online: families who share the same values as the birth family. Other birth parents choose to work with an agency or a law firm to find adoptive parents.

Adoption is a Legal Process

Adoption involves many emotions. It also involves a lot of planning, from decisions about who will be in the delivery room to decisions about how much contact you would like to have with your child’s adoptive family after the adoption has been completed.

Adoption is also a legal process. You must complete forms shortly after your baby is born, and the adoptive family must then work to finalize the adoption after they bring home the baby. If you’re seeking an adoption and you already know a family who is interested in adopting your baby, it can be tempting to look into do-it-yourself adoption options. However, you must make sure that all of your legal forms and processes have been completed, or the adoption will not be legal. This can cause problems for you, the adoptive parents, and the child in the future.

Adoption

When you hire an adoption agency or law firm to look after the legal details, you can focus on the human side of the adoption.

Adoption Agencies and Law Firms Provide Support

In addition to helping you with the legal process of adoption, adoption agencies and law firms can also provide you with other assistance. When you’re pregnant and worried, it’s a comfort to have a seasoned adoption professional by your side. These adoption professionals can talk to you about the differences between open and closed adoption, work with you to create an adoption plan, ensure that you have medical and emotional support during your pregnancy, and work on the legal aspects of the adoption.

While there are attorney fees when you pursue adoption through a legal firm, these fees are the responsibility of the adoptive parents. You will not need to pay these adoption legal costs.

When you are investigating the possibility of adoption, it’s normal to look at many different options. You might look at the benefits of open adoption, and you might consider whether you’d like to breastfeed your child in the delivery room. There will be many choices for you to make as you move through the adoption process. One choice that’s easy to make is the decision to have a professional by your side. Not only will this ensure that you follow all necessary legal procedures, you’ll also gain an advocate who can help you through this challenging time in your life.

If you’re looking into adoption, Family Formation welcomes your questions. We are an experienced team of legal professionals and offer free phone consultations. Call 925-945-1880 for more information.

Images Courtesy of Family Formation: Client photos printed with permission.

Give a baby up for adoption

Adoption is the beginning of a new family, but how does adoption begin?

Many people use phrases like giving up for adoption and/or putting up for adoption when searching for information about making an adoption plan. However, this is not the language we prefer to use. These phrases can have a negative connotation, and some birth mothers consider the language offensive. With that, we apologize and ask for your understanding.

When you’re pregnant and trying to figure out what to do, you may wonder about the adoption process: how to give a baby up for adoption. Luckily, many birth parents and adoptive families have traveled this road before you, and while different families may pursue somewhat different paths depending on their situation, there are certain actions you must take before you give a baby up for adoption.

Consider Your Options

When you’re thinking about adoption, you’ve probably thought about a number of different options. Do you have a friend or family member who would love to add a child to their family? Would you prefer to have adoptive parents who share your religious values? Before you commit to adoption, consider whether it’s a good choice for you, and talk with adoption agencies, law firms, adoptees, and adoptive parents to answer your questions. Doing this before you commit to the process can help you avoid frustration and confusion.

Choose an Adoption Path

Once you’ve chosen adoption for your child, you’ll need to think about what kind of adoption feels right for you. If you have a relative who would like to adopt, you can look at kinship adoption. You or your friends may know of someone who’d be wonderful parents for your child, or you may peruse online profiles and find prospective parents who look like they’d be an excellent match. In this case, you can pursue independent adoption with the assistance of a law firm that specializes in adoption.

Sometimes, birth parents aren’t sure how to find an adoptive family. In this case, you can connect with an adoption agency or law firm who will likely have adoptive parents waiting to learn more about you. Whether you find your child’s adoptive parents through an agency or seek a law firm to finalize the paperwork, you’ll need legal support to help you through the adoption process.

Create an Adoption Plan

Once you’ve connected with an adoptive family and an agency or law firm, you’ll work with the family and the agency to create an adoption plan. Your adoption plan outlines the choices you’ve made about your adoption. This might include plans for support and communication during the pregnancy.

The adoption plan will likely include plans for the birth and the time immediately after birth. Will the adoptive parents be present at the birth? Who will get to hold the child first? Will you nurse the baby for the first day or two?

Your adoption plan should also lay out your plans for the future. How much communication would you like to have with the family and your child? As you create this plan, remember that it’s valuable to keep the lines of communication open in case your desires change in the future.

Give a baby up for adoption

An adoption plan will help you organize what will happen at your baby’s birth.

At the Birth

Of course, a huge part of the adoption process is the birth itself. It’s the event that everyone’s been waiting for, and it will bring many emotions. After the baby is born, you’ll have some time to sign the termination of parental rights. The time varies from state to state. This allows the adoptive family to begin the legal process of becoming the parents of that child.

Finalizing the Adoption

The last part of the adoption process may take place with or without you present, depending on your situation. This occurs between 6 to 12 months after the adoptive family brings the baby home, and it gives the adoptive family permanent custody of the child.

As you debate whether adoption is for you, it’s important to connect with resource people who can help you with this decision. If you have questions about the adoption process, Family Formation is here to help. We’re an adoption law firm, and our staff also have personal connections to adoption. Contact us today at 925-945-1880.

Images Courtesy of Family Formation: Client photos printed with permission.

Adoption

Your choice to pursue adoption can help another family achieve their dream.

You’ve been thinking about your options for a while, or perhaps you’ve just learned that you’re several months pregnant. When it’s too late for abortion, where do you turn? Adoption can be a life-changing decision for you and for your child’s adoptive family.

Finding An Adoptive Family

When you’re looking for a family who would like to adopt your child, where do you begin, and how do you choose? If your family knows about your pregnancy, you can begin by connecting with them to see if they would be interested in a kinship adoption. These adoptions can be simpler but still require the help of a law firm to complete the legal process. You can also reach out to your community and beyond to see if a friend of a friend would like to adopt your child. Perhaps you have seen family profiles online, and you’ve found a family who fits your values and goals for your child. When you pursue independent adoption, you will need legal help to transfer parental rights to the adoptive family.

Choosing an Agency or Law Firm

You may want to look for an adoptive family through an adoption agency or law firm as well. These organizations work with families who wish to adopt, and they can help you connect with families who match your values. When you’re choosing an agency or law firm, choose one that can work locally and has excellent references from birth mothers. Make sure that the agency’s or firm’s values match your own, and you’ll be more likely to find a good match.

Getting Support

In addition to helping you find an adoptive family, an adoption agency or law firm can be an essential support system during this time in your life. You’ll have access to counseling to help you through the adoption process, and you may be able to work with the agency or law firm to arrange for some financial support, either through government programs or through the adoptive family, depending on state regulations.

You’ll also get help to create an adoption plan, a plan that outlines everything from your desires for the birth to the contact you’d like to have with the child and adoptive family after the birth. This plan will help you see what will happen and can help you feel more confident in your decisions as you move through the adoption process.

Adoption

Develop a birth and adoption plan that makes you feel comfortable, and you’ll have more security about the future.

Creating a Long Term Plan

You aren’t ready to become a parent right now, so you’ve chosen adoption. However, you’re not sure whether you’d like to close this part of your life or whether you’d like to have an ongoing relationship with your child and his or her adoptive family. While closed adoptions were very popular several decades ago, open adoptions are now very flexible. If you choose an open adoption, you can simply keep the lines of communication open and do not need to visit or receive information about your child. If you want to be involved in your child’s life through visits with the child and adoptive family, you can choose that route as well. No one will pressure you to be more involved, and you can outline your desires in your adoption plan.

If you’re considering adoption, Family Formation can help. We’re not just a law firm, we’re also birth mothers, adoptive parents, and others who have been touched by adoption. Call us at 925-945-1880 for a free consultation today.

Images Courtesy of Family Formation: Client photos printed with permission.

Surrogacy

When you choose surrogacy, you help complete an intended parents’ family.

You’d like to add to your family, and you’re uncertain whether the surrogacy process is for you. You’re considering becoming a surrogate, but you’re not quite sure what it involves. The surrogacy process raises questions for both the adoptive parents and the surrogate parent. As you consider whether surrogacy is a fit for you and your family, here are some questions that you can consider.

Who Can Be a Surrogate Mother?

Women who become surrogates have generally had at least one healthy pregnancy in the past, and they are usually between the ages of 21 and 35. A surrogate must be in good health and must have a source of income to support herself while she is pregnant.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy helps families who may not otherwise be able to have a genetically-related child.

How Do Surrogate and Prospective Parents Find Each Other?

Surrogate and prospective parents can find each other in many different ways. Some surrogate parents are the friend or family member of the intended parent and decide to become a surrogate to help that family achieve its dreams. Other women are interested in helping a family they do not know, and they may spread the word in their community or connect with an agency or law firm that specializes in surrogacy. Prospective surrogate mothers may create a profile so that families can learn more about them.

What Medical Procedures Are Involved?

The medical procedures involved in surrogacy depend in part of the type of surrogacy you choose. Currently, gestational surrogacy is most common. This occurs when a surrogate mother tracks her cycle and receives medication connected to her cycle, then an embryo is transferred. Once the transfer is a success and the mother is pregnant, she will be monitored by a doctor until the delivery.

What Are the Costs of Surrogacy?

The costs of surrogacy vary a lot from situation to situation and can include agency and attorney fees, screening, surrogate fees, medical costs, insurance, and other pregnancy-related expenses. There are many variables during the surrogacy process and costs will depend on the type of surrogacy you choose, the way medical care progresses, and the agency or law firm that you choose.

What Does the Legal Process Look Like?

Surrogate mothers generally work with an agency or law firm that will support them and the prospective family during the pregnancy. This support includes everything from the initial screening to the legal aspects of surrogacy. The program you choose will either have an attorney or refer you to one to complete a surrogacy contract. This contract will set out guidelines for the surrogacy and payment. It is a good idea for both parties to have an attorney so that both can ensure that they understand the terms of the contract. After the child is born, the child will need to be adopted into his or her new family. To complete this process, you must work with an agency or law firm.

Surrogacy is a life-changing decision. It can allow same-sex couples or couples for whom pregnancy is medically challenging to have a genetically-related child. Are you thinking of becoming a surrogate? Family Formation can help answer your questions. We’re a law firm that focuses on surrogacy and adoption. Call us at 925-945-1880 for a free consultation today.

Images Courtesy of Family Formation: Client photos printed with permission.

Adoption

What will your child’s life be like? An adoption agency or law firm can help you find an adoptive family for your child.

When you’re pregnant and considering adoption, you may not know where to turn. Where do you begin to look when you are thinking about adoption? If you’re pregnant and scared and needing direction, here’s how you can begin to create an adoption plan.

Find An Adoption Agency or Law Firm
You may not have experienced pregnancy and childbirth before, and you may not have created an adoption plan for a child. Thankfully, there are many agencies and law firms that work with birth parents, and these organizations have supported many birth mothers. When you’re worried about the adoption process, begin your search by looking at the adoption organizations that can help you. Look at who these agencies serve, and get references if you can. Choosing an adoption agency or law firm gives you a partner in your search for a family for your child.

Get Medical and Emotional Support
When you’re pregnant and scared, you want emotional support to help you through this time in your life. An adoption agency or law firm can help you access counseling so that you’ll be able to talk over your options and explore your emotions about pregnancy and adoption. If you’re worried about medical and living expenses, ask about options such as WIC support for lower-income women. In some areas, the adoptive family may also be able to provide support for some of your medical expenses during pregnancy.

Understand Pregnancy and Childbirth
Even when women plan a pregnancy, the idea of giving birth can feel scary, especially when it’s your first time. While you can never tell what exactly will happen at the birth of your child, preparing and planning will help you have a more thorough understanding. First, read about childbirth and attend classes if you can. Your adoption agency, law firm, or other community agencies may be able to direct you to low cost resources.

Create a Birth Plan
Create a birth plan that outlines your desires for the birth, and include this in your adoption plan as well. Do you want your child’s adoptive parents to be present for the birth? Who will be the first to hold the baby? Will you breastfeed right after birth? Thinking through your options is a way to manage your concerns.

Adoption

Creating an adoption plan can help you envision your child’s future.

Create an Adoption Plan
While planning for your child’s birth is important, it is equally important to create a long term adoption plan. This plan outlines what your relationship with your child and your child’s adoptive family will look like as your child grows to adulthood. Would you like to visit with your child? Would you like regular updates? An adoption plan can help you set parameters for your future relationship with your child, and this helps you see how the future could unfold.

If you’re pregnant and you’re not sure how to begin the adoption process, we can help. Family Formation is not only an adoption law firm – our own families have been touched by adoption. Contact us today for a free consultation: 925-945-1880.

Images Courtesy of Family Formation: Client photos printed with permission.

Adoption

Is adoption the right choice for you and your child?

Is adoption right for me? When you’re considering adoption, you probably have a lot of questions. From immediate questions about finding an adoptive family to your choices about future contact, here are some considerations that will help you decide whether adoption is a good choice for you.

Can I Find the Right Family?

When you’re considering whether adoption is right for you, a lot can rest on your ability to find a wonderful adoptive family for your child. How can you find this family? There are many ways. You may know a friend, a family member, or someone else in your community who would love to create a family through adoption. In this case, you could pursue a kinship adoption or an independent adoption through a law firm.

If you don’t know of anyone who would like to adopt, you can also look online to see the many profiles of families who are interested in adopting a child. A family’s adoption page often describes their interests, goals, family history, parenting style, and values, so that you can choose whether or not that family is a good fit for you. In this case, a legal firm can also assist you in creating an adoption plan and going through the legal process of adoption.

Sometimes you’d prefer to work with an organization that can help you find the right family for your child. In this case, you can work with an adoption agency or law firm who may have prospective adoptive parents waiting for an opportunity to meet you.

Can I Afford to Choose Adoption?

If you are making an adoption plan, who pays for all of the costs of this process, from pregnancy-related costs to legal fees? The answer is different in different states. In an adoption, the adoptive family covers the fees incurred due to legal expenses and many other costs. In some states, the adoptive family may be able to help you with living or medical expenses, while in other areas you can work with your adoption agency or law firm to look at options for inexpensive health care coverage and support for living expenses, such as WIC. When you work with an adoption agency or law firm, you’ll also have access to counseling services.

What Will Happen At the Birth?

While choosing adoption means that your child will eventually become part of his or her new adoptive family, you have choices about what happens during and after the birth of your child. You can decide who will be present for the birth and who will be the first to hold the baby. You can also decide whether to breastfeed during your child’s first few hours of life. In the hours and days after your child’s birth, you will have some time to make a final decision that adoption is the right choice for you before you sign the termination of parental rights.

Adoption

Creating an adoption plan will help you plan for your child’s birth and beyond.

What Kind of Relationship Will I Have With My Child?

When you’re making an adoption plan, you may consider whether you’d like to maintain a relationship with your child after the adoption is complete. In a closed adoption, you do not maintain a connection with your child and his or her adoptive family after the adoption. This used to be the most common type of adoption, but it’s become less common as open adoptions have increased. In an open adoption, you can choose how much or how little you would like to interact with your child and your child’s adoptive family. This might mean that you can contact them if you wish, that you receive updates, or that you choose to meet with your child. In an open adoption, your child may have the opportunity to know about your family’s history and culture. The amount of contact is up to you.

When you’re thinking about adoption, working with an agency or law firm can help you with with all of your questions. Contact Family Formation today with your questions about adoption so that you can make the choice that is best for you and your child. Call 925-945-1880 for a free consultation.

Images Courtesy of Family Formation: Client photos printed with permission.

Surrogate

Surrogacy can help intended families achieve their dreams.

If you love being pregnant and you enjoy helping others, surrogacy could be for you. As a surrogate mother, you help intended parents build their family. What can you expect when you choose to become a surrogate parent?

Can I Become a Surrogate?

To become a surrogate mother, you’ll need to make sure that you’re legally able to do so. While requirements may vary from state to state, in California a surrogate mother must be over the age of 21 and should ideally be younger than 35. During this time frame, it is easiest to have a healthy pregnancy. You also need to have experienced pregnancy in the past. If you’ve experienced a healthy pregnancy and childbirth and are physically, emotionally, and financially ready to take on a pregnancy to allow another family to fulfill their dreams, you could become a surrogate.

How Do I Find a Family to Help?

You may feel called to be a surrogate simply because you enjoy pregnancy, or you may have a specific family in mind. Many surrogates have friends or family members whom they want to help and this is why they choose to become a surrogate. If you do not have a family in mind, you can connect with an agency or law firm to match you with intended parents.

What Legal Support Do I Need During This Process?

As a surrogate, you choose to help someone else become a parent. This is different than carrying a child you will raise. An agency or law firm can support you as you qualify as a surrogate, create a profile, and meet with intended parents. It will also help you with the legal aspects of surrogacy so that the child you carry can become part of that child’s intended family. Choose a local agency with a good track record, and be sure to ask for references.

Surrogate

Through an agency or law firm, you can find intended parents who would love to add to their family.

Are There Expenses Related to Surrogacy?

As a pregnant woman, you may experience changes in your ability to work as you progress through your pregnancy. To become a surrogate, you should have an alternative source of income such as a spouse’s income. Since you will deliver the baby, you will also need health insurance to cover your medical expenses.

What Medical Procedures Will Occur?

Every pregnancy and every surrogacy is different, but you will need to be available to undergo medical procedures related to your pregnancy. At first, you’ll need to have a uterine ultrasound and bloodwork to make sure that you are physically ready to have a baby. You’ll need to work with a fertility center to monitor your menstrual cycle and you’ll also have medical procedures related to the pregnancy, such as IVF. At the beginning, your pregnancy will be monitored, and then you’ll be transferred to the care of your own physician.

Becoming a surrogate mother can be an amazing experience for you and for the intended family. To become a surrogate, you’ll need a history of good health, legal support, and good medical care. If you’re thinking about becoming a surrogate parent and you’re uncertain about where to start, contact Family Formation today. We help build families, and we can talk with you about your surrogacy options today. Call 925-945-1880.

Images Courtesy of Family Formation: Client photos printed with permission.

Adoption

Putting your baby up for adoption means that another family can begin.

Many people use phrases like giving up for adoption and/or putting up for adoption when searching for information about making an adoption plan. However, this is not the language we prefer to use. These phrases can have a negative connotation, and some birth mothers consider the language offensive. With that, we apologize and ask for your understanding.

You’re pregnant, and you’re considering whether you’d like to put your baby up for adoption. Where do you go from here? If you think that adoption is the right choice for you, here’s how you can explore your options and create an adoption plan.

Who Will Adopt Your Baby?

When you’re considering adoption for your child, one of your major considerations is your child’s future family. Who will adopt your baby? You may have family or friends who would love to adopt, and you can pursue a kinship adoption using an adoption law firm to complete the legal process. You may pursue independent adoption and meet a family who’s chosen to give birth parents information about themselves in the hopes of finding a good match. If you’d prefer to go to a place that has many prospective adoptive parents, an adoption agency or law firm may also have clients that meet your requirements for an adoptive family.

Adoption

You’ll need to work with an agency or legal firm as the adoption proceeds.

Choose An Agency or Legal Firm

Depending on the type of adoption you pursue, you may want to go to an adoption agency, or you may choose to work with an adoption law firm. An agency may be public or private and may work with diverse adoptive parents or focus on parents in a specific area or with a specific religious or other affiliation.

An adoption law firm can not only complete your legal paperwork and give you advice on creating an adoption plan – it may also have interested adoptive parents who would like to adopt your child.

Create an Adoption Plan

After you’ve found adoptive parents for your child, you’ll create an adoption plan. An adoption plan is like a script for the adoption. While there will always be a bit of improvisation, creating an adoption plan can help you, your child, and your child’s adoptive parents see how everything will play out.

You can write in preferences for what happens at your child’s birth, and you can also outline how open or closed you’d like your adoption to be. You might choose to have regular contact with your child’s adoptive family throughout the child’s life, or you might choose to receive updates and photos from the family. If closed adoption is an option in your area, you can also make that choice; however, in an open adoption plan you can choose to make as much or as little contact with the family as you wish.

Complete the Adoption Proceedings

There are legal aspects to adoption. After your baby is born, you’ll have some time to confirm your decision to put your baby up for adoption. This amount of time varies from state to state. When you’ve confirmed that you’d like your baby to be adopted, you will terminate your parental rights. After that, you and the adoptive family will also have to finalize the adoption so that your child will become a legal part of the adoptive family. An adoption law firm or agency can help you with this part of the process and any other legal aspects of the adoption process.

If you’re thinking about adoption and you’d like to know more, Family Formation can help. We’re a law firm that specializes in adoptions, and many of our staff are here because we’ve personally experienced the adoption process. Call us for a free consultation today: 925-945-1880.

Images Courtesy of Family Formation: Client photos printed with permission.

Rather than using the phrase give baby up for adoption or put baby up for adoption, we prefer to say making an adoption plan. But because many people use those phrases when searching for helpful information, we include that language in some of our posts.

 

Open adoptions

Open adoption helps you know that you’ve made the right choice for your child.

 

When you choose to give your baby up for adoption, you probably feel a lot of uncertainty. What will your child’s future hold? Will you find an adoptive family that is a good fit for your child, now and in the future? An open adoption can help ease some of your worries, since it lets you continue to connect with your child’s adoptive parents and with your child even after the adoption is complete.

 

What is Open Adoption?

In the past, adoptions were often done quietly, and children may not have known that they were adopted until much later in life. Adopted children often did not know their birth parents. This meant that many adopted children did not have a sense of their birth family’s medical background and cultural history.

Today, open adoption is more common than closed adoption. In an open adoption, birth parents and adopted children and their adoptive families can share information such as medical histories, and birth parents can make a plan to have contact with or information about the child, should they choose to do so. In an open adoption, the birth parents and adoptive parents outline how they would like to remain in contact during the adopted child’s childhood. This could include notes and photographs or visits between the child and his or her birth family.

 

Open adoptions

Want to be involved in your child’s future? Choose open adoption.

 

The Impact of Open Adoption

An unexpected pregnancy can be very stressful, and you’ve probably thought for a long time about what you’d like to do. Once you’ve chosen adoption and have worked with an adoption agency or law firm to find adoptive parents for your child, some anxiety can still remain. You might feel uncertain about what your child’s future will look like. An open adoption can relieve some of this anxiety by keeping the lines of communication open.

While an open adoption does add a new relationship to your life as a birth parent, it can also decrease your worries about your child’s future. Giving up your baby for adoption doesn’t mean that you’re completely unaware of what’s happening to him or her. In fact, you can maintain a relationship with your child if this is what you choose to do. For an adopted child, this continuity and understanding of her family background can be very important. For a birth parent, seeing photos of the child, visiting, or even knowing that you’re there for information if it’s needed can help reassure you that you’re there for this child and a part of that child’s life.

 

Choosing a Supportive Agency or Law Firm

Working with an understanding adoption agency or law firm can also help you relieve some of your anxiety about the upcoming adoption. They’ll help you create an adoption plan, so that you know what will happen before birth, during the birth, and after your baby becomes part of a new family. Adoption agencies and law firms can also help you find medical support and counseling during your pregnancy so that you will be able to talk to others about your feelings. When you’re choosing an adoption agency or law firm, look for one with experienced staff and an atmosphere that makes you feel comfortable and welcomed. Look at references from other birth mothers to see if that particular agency or firm is a good fit for you.

If you’re considering open adoption, Family Formation can help. Call us today at 925-945-1880 for a free consultation and see how we can help you create your adoption plan.

Images Courtesy of Family Formation: Client photos printed with permission.

Rather than using the phrase give baby up for adoption or put baby up for adoption, we prefer to say making an adoption plan. But because many people use those phrases when searching for helpful information, we include that language in some of our posts.

 

Adoption

If you’re making an adoption plan, many paths lead to a happy family.

 

You’re pregnant, and you think that you might give your baby up for adoption. You want the best for your child, but you’re uncertain about your options. When you’re making an adoption plan, an adoption agency is just one of the options available to you as you connect with prospective adoptive parents.

 

Choosing an Adoption Agency

When you’re making an adoption plan, it’s important to work with people who have your child’s best interests in mind. You want to know that when you give your child up for adoption, that child’s adoptive parents will love and support your child. An adoption agency specializes in connecting children with adoptive parents. Some agencies are public, while others are private. Some agencies focus on families with specific religious beliefs, and some may be specific to a certain geographic area. Since adoption agencies work with many families, they may also be able to provide you with recommendations for counseling support or help arrange for support during pregnancy and birth.

 

Pursuing Independent Adoption

While an adoption agency is often the first group that comes to mind when you’re considering adoption, there are other excellent options as well. You may have friends or relatives who would like to adopt your baby, or you might prefer to connect with prospective adoptive families individually. Many adoptive families create web sites to profile their family so that you can learn more about them. If you’d like to find your child’s adoptive family on your own, you can do this, but you will need legal assistance to finalize the adoption.

Adoption

You can choose an adoption agency or law firm that allows you to connect with adoptive parents before your child is born.

 

Working With An Adoption Law Firm

Whether you’re pursuing independent adoption or you’re curious about alternatives to an adoption agency, an adoption law firm can help. An adoption law firm can help you create an adoption plan. This not only includes working with the parents to complete the legal aspects of adoption, but it can also involve agreements about what will happen at the birth and discussions about future contact between the birth parents and the child and adoptive parents. Since adoption law firms also work with adoptive parents, when you contact a law firm you may also be able to connect with adoptive parents who are seeking a baby to adopt.

An adoption law firm can help you complete all aspects of your adoption, including home studies, legal consultation, coordinating an adoption plan with hospital staff, creating agreements that outline future contact, and finalizing court documents.

Family Formation is a law office that specializes in supporting adoptive families and birth mothers. Our own families have been touched by adoption, and we want to support you to create your own adoption plan. Contact us at 925-945-1880 for a free consultation.

Images Courtesy of Family Formation: Client photos printed with permission.