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FAQ For Birth Parents

What if I'm not sure whether I want to place my child for adoption?

Contact us, we'll discuss your options, answer your questions and help you make an informed decision. You won't be contacted unless and until you are ready. Your contact with us will be strictly confidential.

When should I contact the adoption agency?

It is never too late or too early. If your child is already born, we can work with you on an accelerated basis to make your adoption plans. If you have just learned you are pregnant and want to explore your options, we can provide you with information to help you make your decision.

Should I call an adoption agency or place my child directly with someone I locate myself?

Cradle of Life Adoption Agency can provide many more services for you than individuals in the adoption process. It is illegal in Texas for non-agencies to provide you with any financial assistance such as housing or other living expenses, regardless of how much assistance you need.

Families who apply to adopt with Cradle of Life Adoption Agency must successfully complete a thorough screening process. You will have the confidence that your child will be placed with a stable, loving family.

Individuals who advertise in the paper or who might be a friend of a friend may not have been thoroughly investigated. Sometimes you can't "judge a book by its cover." The investigation may reveal things that could be very important about the stability or character of someone, which isn't readily apparent otherwise. You are entrusting someone with your child. You deserve that level of confidence.

Do I get to choose the family for my baby?

Yes, you may review "profiles" of various adoptive families to assist you in your decision.

How will I know that my baby is going to a good home?

We thoroughly screen every potential adoptive family to determine if they are a good fit to raise a child. This rigorous screening includes background checks, medical screenings, home studies, financial records checks, vet records checks, training sessions and full interviews with the adoptive parents. We take every measure to ensure that your child is going to a home that will allow them to prosper and grow into their best selves.

Can I meet the family?

Yes, if you desire. The time of the meeting will depend on the adoptive plan you and the agency develop.

Can I have contact with my child after the adoption?

Again, yes, if you desire. The extent of the contacts, and whether you want letters, photos, or actual visits, will depend on the adoption plan you and the agency develop.

What's the difference between a closed, open and semi-open adoption?

As you develop your adoption plan, these terms refer to how often you communicate with the adoptive parents. Open adoptions involve frequent and direct communication with the other parents, while semi-open adoptions generally involve semi-frequent photos and letters, often exchanged through the adoption agency. Closed adoptions involve minimal to no communication.

What if I change my mind?

We want your decision to be made when you are ready. You will not be allowed to sign any permanent legal papers until your baby is at least 48 hours old. That means you have at least two days to consider your decision. Once you do sign, it is permanent and irrevocable.

Do my parents have to sign anything in order for me to place my child for adoption?

No, not unless they have had actual legal custody of your child.

Will I have to appear in court?

No, unless in the rare occasion the birth father has attempted to disrupt your adoption plan.

When will my child actually go to the new home?

In most cases, immediately upon discharge from the hospital.

Have More Questions? We Are Always Available To Chat.

Our office is always open for questions and counseling. And if you choose to work with us, you will receive a placement coordinator's cellphone and 24/7 access for any questions or concerns, whenever you have them. Call our Beaumont office at 409-698-0638 today, or reach out online to get started.

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