I feel like I'm the only one who has ever gone through this. Are their really other women who have placed a child for adoption?
There are countless women who have made the decision to place a child for adoption! These women have been where you are and know exactly what you’re going through. With Covenant Care, you are welcomed into a community of women who will support you during your pregnancy and after your adoption is finalized. Click here to learn more about our adoption support ministry. And be sure to read this blog post. You are not the only one!
Is their really someone who wants to adopt my baby?
Yes! There are often so many families wanting to adopt that we have a waiting list even to start the process. Be sure to read this articleM, where we answer this important question in more detail. You can view some of our waiting families here. Your Birthmother Counselor will show you families who are a fit for your specific situation. There are many families who are eager to welcome and love your child!
Will my baby be safe?
Absolutely. Our adoptive families undergo rigorous screening that includes background checks; references from pastors, friends and family; and interviews with our counselor team. Your child will be loved, cared for, and safe with whichever family you choose.
Will my child know that he/she was adopted?
Yes. We believe that children have a right to know their own stories. We require that all of our adoptive families make a plan to tell their child their adoption story as they grow and mature. We discuss this in detail with adoptive families during the approval process.
When do I have to decide if I am going to make an adoption plan?
The earlier you consider adoption, the more time you have to work through the process. However, in Georgia you must wait at least 24 hours after you give birth to your baby before signing any legal paperwork. At that point the State of Georgia gives you 4 days during which you can change your mind.
Is there a fee for me to meet with you?
No, all of our services are provided at no cost to you.
Will I have to travel to your office or can you meet me where I am?
We have counselors based in strategic locations throughout Georgia who will travel to wherever you live. The counselor will meet you in your home, a restaurant, the library, or wherever you are most comfortable.
If I meet with you, do I have to make an adoption plan?
No, our goal is to help you make an informed decision about your child’s future. If you choose to parent, we connect you to the resources you need in order to be an excellent parent.
Can I be involved in choosing the adoptive family?
We want you to choose the adoptive family! Once we have an understanding of the circumstances of your pregnancy, we gather a group of adoptive family profiles for you to review. This group consists of families that are ready to adopt and match the desires you have expressed. Most adoptions through Covenant Care are semi-open, meaning you choose a family and can meet them prior to your delivery. We share non-identifying information with both you and the adoptive family so that you can begin a relationship. The family will continue to share updates and photos with you and may even have meetings with you in the first few years after adoption.
Can I send things to my child after adoption?
You can send letters, updates, and occasional gifts for the family to share with your child. A letter may sound very simple, but it is a wonderful way for you to share your feelings and help your child have a growing understanding of who you are.
What if I already know the couple that I would like to adopt my baby?
We have a lot of great couples that are ready to adopt. However, if we are already working with you, you can refer a couple to us and we can help with that adoption plan. A couple that you have met on your own would still have to meet our eligibility requirements.
What kind of help can I get with living expenses?
We know that you’re considering adoption because you need help. We do the best we can to connect you with local community resources to help meet your needs. When we assist with living expenses, the payment goes directly to the payee.
Will you help me tell others about my adoption plan?
It can be hard to tell people about your adoption plan. Your counselor will help you work through the decision process, and once you are ready to share your decision with others, she can help you tell them. She can be there with you to answer questions and be a counselor for you when others are not providing support.
Will you still be here for me if I decide to keep my baby?
We will do the best we can to support you through your journey, whether it involves adoption or not. If you decide to parent your child, we help you connect with local community resources to best prepare you for that responsibility.