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.