Archive for June, 2016

State by State: How to Place Your Baby for Adoption in Ohio

Are you pregnant and considering adoption?  As an expectant mother, you want the best possible life for your baby, but know that you are not ready to raise a child at this time.  You feel that adoption is the most positive choice for your baby, but do not know where to start.  You have come to the right place.

Adoptions With Love is a licensed, non-profit adoption agency serving expectant/birth parents in Ohio.  Whether you are considering your options or are ready to make an adoption plan, we are here to help you along the way.

As an expectant/birth parent, you likely have many thoughts and questions about the adoption process in Ohio:  How do I make an adoption plan?  Who can help me with this pregnancy?  Can I choose the family for my baby?  At Adoptions With Love, we believe that a well-informed decision is the best decision. That is why we are here to answer all of your questions free from fear or pressure.  We can educate you as you explore all of your options and help you make the most positive plan for your child.

There are specific steps you will need to take to place your baby for adoption in Ohio.  As an adoption agency serving Ohio, we can help you understand the adoption process and make sure you are comfortable with each decision made along the way.  We have created this short guide to show you some of the steps you can take if you decide to make an adoption plan in Ohio.

1. Choose an adoption agency.

Before you begin your adoption plan, you will need to choose a reputable, licensed adoption agency.  The right adoption agency will support you throughout this entire journey – before, during, and after the birth of your baby.  If you need financial assistance, your adoption agency should offer you help.  Under Ohio law, adoption agencies can assist with certain living expenses (such as rent, utilities, food, and transportation) for expectant mothers.

It is important to choose an adoption agency that will discuss your options with you, listen to your wishes, and use those to help you make the perfect adoption plan.  It should be an agency that you trust, one that will respect any choice that you make in the end.

2. Meet with an adoption counselor.

Once you choose an adoption agency, you can begin your adoption plan.  As an expectant/birth parent, you should meet with a licensed, compassionate adoption social worker at your agency of choice.  This social worker will walk you through your options, educate you on your birth mother rights, and help you understand what to expect before, during, and after the adoption takes place.  Your adoption counselor will also give you the option to design the type of adoption plan you want: an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption plan.  You can also select the family of your child if you wish.

3. Choose an adoptive family.

In Ohio, you always have the option to choose an adoptive family for your baby.  Your agency will show you the waiting families who best meet your wishes and expectations.  If and when you choose an adoptive family, you can speak to them through email, phone, or meet them in-person.  This is completely up to you and your comfort level.

No matter the family you choose, you can rest assured your baby will be placed in a loving, secure home environment.  In Ohio, it is required that all potential adoptive families complete a thorough home study.  At Adoptions With Love, we carefully screen and interview all prospective families to ensure the safety and stability of their home.

4. Understand the laws of your area.

Adoption laws and regulations vary state to state.  It is important to find an adoption agency that  is specifically trained in and knowledgeable about the laws of your area.

In Ohio, no parent can sign legal adoption documents until at least 72 hours after the baby is born.  This helps to ensure that birth parents are confident in their decision.  Once consent for the adoption is given, birth parents cannot change their minds.  That is why, at Adoptions With Love, we want you to be completely certain that you are making the best possible decision for your child.

5. Make a post-adoption plan.

If you choose to make an adoption plan with Adoptions With Love, you will have the option of meeting your child’s adoptive family and establishing a plan for communication following your baby’s adoption.  During counseling, our trained social workers will help you design a post-adoption plan for contact with your child and his or her adoptive family.  We also encourage and offer post-placement counseling.

Adoption can be the start of an emotional journey and the beginning of several lifelong relationships.  Adoptions With Love can help you navigate these new emotions and relationships after your baby’s adoption takes place.  As part of your post-adoption plan, we offer ongoing, confidential counseling services at no cost to you.  You can view our other free services here.

At Adoptions With Love, we want you to know how proud we are, and how proud you should be, of your choice.  We are always here for you.  Whether you are pregnant or have already given birth to your baby, it is never too late to start your adoption plan. Call us at 800-722-7731 or text us confidentially at 617-777-0072.

This is our State by State Adoption blog series.  To learn about the different areas we service, or to find the specific steps of adoption in your state, please visit adoptionswithlove.org/areas-we-service.


The Benefits of Adoption for Adopted Children [Infographic]

impact of adoption on children

Are you pregnant and considering adoption?  Right now, you may be scared and overwhelmed.  You already have so much love for your baby.  You want to choose the life that is best for your child, but you do not know what life that is.  You are worried you cannot give your baby the life that he or she deserves.  If you choose adoption, you may worry that your child will not understand your choice.

Many birth parents fear that their child will never understand their adoption decision.  Some are scared that their child will grow up angry, lonely, or hurt because of it.  While adoptees do have many different emotions and thoughts about their adoption, 9 out of 10 adopted children express “positive” or “mostly positive” feelings overall.

In the past, adoption was kept secret.  The majority of adopted children did not know they were adopted and for this reason, did not grow up understanding their birth mother’s decision.  They were not able to learn information about their birthparents or ever meet their birth mothers.  Today, over 97 percent of children know they are adopted.  From an early age, these children are able to ask questions, appreciate, and be proud of their adoption.

Adoptions With Love designed this infographic to show you the positive effects of adoption and the benefits it can bring to your child as he or she grows.  By reading these facts, we hope you will find comfort in knowing the healthy, enriching experiences adopted children can have.

If you choose to make an adoption plan for your child, rest assured that your child will thrive in a safe and loving home.  Your child will likely come to understand that you gave him or her the best life that you could possibly give.  At Adoptions With Love, remember that you, as an expectant or birth mother, always have the option to be a part of that life.

To learn more about the benefits of adoption for children or to begin your adoption plan, contact Amy, Nancy, Amelia, or Claudia at 1-800-722-7731 or text us confidentially at 1-617-777-0072.

 

 


State by State: How to Place Your Baby for Adoption in Kentucky

Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy?  Perhaps the most important thing to know as an expectant mother in Kentucky is that you have options.  No matter what you decide for your baby, know that the choice is always yours to make.  At Adoptions With Love, we want you to know that you will never have to make this choice alone.  We are here to listen and answer questions, to educate you on adoption in Kentucky, and to help you make the most positive, long-term decision for you and your baby.

If you are contemplating making an adoption plan, you have come to the right place.  Adoptions With Love is a licensed, non-profit adoption agency who helps expectant/birth parents nationwide find the best possible homes for their children.  In the state of Kentucky, there are specific steps you will need to take to place your baby for adoption.  You do not have to go through this on your own.  As a reputable adoption agency serving Kentucky for over 30 years, we can help guide you through this journey.  We are here to ensure that you understand the adoption process and are comfortable with each decision made along the way.

We have created this short guide to show you some of the steps you can take if you decide to make an adoption plan in the state of Kentucky:

1. Choose an adoption agency.

As you begin your adoption plan, your first step will be to choose the right adoption support.  There are many adoption professionals who can help you, but it is important to find someone that you truly trust throughout this unexpected journey.  Choose an adoption agency that will discuss your options with you, listen to your wishes, and respect any choice you make.  Select an adoption agency that will also educate you on the adoption laws of your area, and provide you the assistance you need and deserve.

2. Meet with an adoption counselor.

As you begin your adoption plan, you should meet regularly with a licensed, compassionate adoption social worker.  At Adoptions With Love, we feel this is a crucial part of the adoption process.  We want to make sure that you have the opportunity to consider all of your choices, learn about all of your birth mother rights, and understand exactly what to expect before, during, and after an adoption takes place.

3. Understand the adoption laws in Kentucky.

Adoption laws vary state to state.  In Kentucky, no parent can sign legal adoption documents until at least 72 hours after the baby is born.  Adoptions With Love recommends that you take time to rest after your baby’s birth before making this decision.

There are many other laws about the financial aid you may receive, your rights and responsibilities as an expectant/birth mother, as well as the rights of your baby’s biological father.  For this reason, it is crucial to work with an adoption agency that has attorneys specifically trained in the state of Kentucky.

4. Choose an Adoptive Family

At Adoptions With Love, you will always have the opportunity to choose an adoptive family for your baby.  After listening to your wishes and vision of the perfect family, we will send you detailed photo albums and personal profiles from the waiting families the best meet your needs.  Once you choose a family for your baby, you can speak to them through email, phone, or meet them in-person.  This is completely up to you.

No matter what family you choose, rest assured you will be placing your baby in a loving, safe and secure home.  In Kentucky, it is required that all potential adoptive families are thoroughly screened by a licensed adoption agency.  All families at Adoptions With Love have gone through an extensive home study process as well as a series of background checks to ensure the safety and stability of their home.

5. Make a Post-Placement Plan

If you choose to design an adoption plan with Adoptions With Love, you will have the option of meeting your child’s adoptive family and establishing a plan for communication following your baby’s adoption.  Whether you choose an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption plan, our trained social workers will help you as you consider all of your options for post-adoption contact with your child, his or her adoptive family, and our adoption agency professionals.

If you choose adoption for your baby, we encourage you to pursue counseling and support services after your baby is placed.  Adoptions With Love offers ongoing, confidential counseling services that are available at no cost to you.  We can help you navigate emotions, communication, and a relationship after the adoption takes place.  We will always be here for you.

Whether you just found out you are pregnant, are in your final trimester, or have already given birth to your baby, it is never too late to start an adoption plan. Contact Amy, Nancy, Claudia, or Amelia today at 1-800-722-7731 for more information on adoption in Kentucky.

This is our State by State Adoption blog series.  To learn about the different areas we service, or to find the specific steps of adoption in your state, please visit adoptionswithlove.org/areas-we-service.


Is Your Baby at Risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome?

As the opioid epidemic rises in our society, we are meeting its youngest victims: babies born with NAS.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS, is a drug withdrawal syndrome that affects newborns.  It happens when a baby is exposed to drugs while in the womb.  When a pregnant woman takes drugs, the substance passes through her bloodstream, through the placenta, and directly to the fetus.  Once the baby is born, he or she will experience severe drug withdrawal and in many cases, the pain that is associated with it.

You may be wondering; “Why should I care about NAS?” or “What drugs can cause NAS?”  Perhaps you are here because you believe your baby may be at risk.  Whether you have a history of drug use or have been prescribed pain medication by your doctor, it is important to know the risks that drugs can pose for your baby.

NAS is most often caused by opioid use during pregnancy.  Opioids are painkillers commonly used to relieve pain.  They come in the form of morphine, oxycodone, and codeine.  Opioid drugs can range from legal, regulated prescriptions such as Vicodin all the way to illicit street drugs like Heroin.  When an expectant mother takes these kinds of drugs, she puts her baby at risk for many health problems including low birth weight, respiratory problems, birth defects, and seizures.  Examples of substances that can cause NAS are listed below.

Prescription Drugs that Can Cause Withdrawal Symptoms in Babies Include (but are not limited to):

  • Vicodin
  • Kadian
  • Avinza
  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Sleeping pills (Xanax)
  • Antidepressants

Recreational Substances that Can Cause Withdrawal Symptoms in Babies Include (but are not limited to):

  • Amphetamines (Cocaine)
  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Methadone

There has been a five-fold increase in opioid use among pregnant women since the year 2000.  Many women are prescribed pain relievers during pregnancies.  Others take drugs before knowing they are pregnant.  Unfortunately, this drug use has led to the birth of many NAS babies.  From 2000 to 2012, an estimated 21,732 infants were born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.  This means that approximately every 25 minutes, one baby suffering from opioid withdrawal was born to this world.

Babies born with NAS are difficult to comfort.  They cry excessively, have trouble eating and sleeping, and are often feverish or nauseous for days after birth.  For these reasons, NAS babies are required to stay in the hospital much longer than the average newborn.  Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome typically keeps babies in the hospital for 17 days, compared to the average two days for healthy newborns.  This extended hospital stay can become costly for many families.  When a child is born with NAS, it is reported to the Department of Children and Families. As a result, many NAS babies are placed in the DCF foster care system.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome can happen to any baby that is exposed to drugs, from mothers of all walks of life.  Even if you take a legal opioid exactly as your provider tells you to do, there is still a risk for NAS in your baby.  Do not blame yourself.  As you continue your pregnancy, know that there is still an opportunity to make your situation a positive one.  There are resources to make a better life for you and your baby.

If you are pregnant and have used any of the drugs that can cause NAS, talk to your health care provider right away.  Keep your doctor informed about any substances or prescription medications that you take.  If you are experiencing any health problems, make sure your doctor knows that you are pregnant, to ensure each prescription issued is safe for your baby.  If you are pregnant and addicted to drugs, talk to your doctor about a regulated drug treatment plan.  Do not be afraid to consult your doctor.  He or she is there to help you and your baby, without judgment. Remember, all doctors have a patient confidentiality policy.  What you tell your doctor is classified information and will be kept safe.

If you do not have a health care provider at this time, do not worry.  There are drop-in health clinics and walk-in centers available to care for you and your baby.  If you believe your baby is at risk for NAS and are not able to give your child the life or healthcare that he or she needs, you may consider making an adoption plan.  Choosing adoption will allow you to give your baby the stable environment that he or she deserves to heal and grow.  Adoptions With Love can help you find a reputable doctor who understands both your emotional and physical needs.  We will also cover any uninsured medical expenses once you complete the adoption.

Our mission at Adoptions With Love is to find the best home for each and every child.  If you are at all concerned for your baby or your baby’s future, adoption may prove to be the best choice for you.  Your baby can go from the hospital to a waiting adoptive family and avoid foster care.  We can help you find a loving, stable adoptive family that is  ready to raise your child.  With a private, open adoption, you will always know that your child is thriving and that you made the best decision for your child at this moment in time.

If you have any questions regarding Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or if you or someone you know is pregnant and suffering from opioid addiction, please do not hesitate to call us confidentially at 1-800-722-7731 or text us at 1-617-777-0072.  Adoptions With Love is available 24/7 to listen, discuss your options, and help you make a positive plan for you and your baby.