Discovering an unplanned pregnancy is an emotional, often overwhelming, experience. Right now, you may not know who to turn to or where to go for support. You might be considering adoption for your baby, but are unsure of how the process works in your state. If you are an expectant/birth mother considering adoption in Maryland, you are in the right place. Adoptions With Love is here for you.
Adoptions With Love is a licensed, not-for-profit adoption agency helping women like you find the best possible homes for their children. If you need help placing your baby for adoption in Maryland, know that you can always contact us. For over 31 years, we have been building relationships with expert adoption counselors and attorneys licensed in your state. Adoptions With Love can help you explore your options, understand the laws of your area, and design an adoption plan tailored to your needs.
In the state of Maryland, there are specific steps you must take to place your baby for adoption. You do not have to go through this alone. As a reputable adoption agency serving Maryland, we can help guide you through this unexpected journey. We are here to listen to your wishes, educate you on your pregnancy options, and help you understand the Maryland adoption process. Together, we can help you make the most positive, long-term decision for you and your baby.
To help you get started, this short guide will walk you through the initial steps of making an adoption plan in Maryland.
1. Choose a trusted adoption agency.
If you believe that adoption is the best option for your child, your first step will be to choose the right agency to help you navigate the process. There are many adoption professionals and agencies out there today, so it is important to look for signs that you are choosing the one the best meets your needs. First, and perhaps most importantly, choose an adoption agency that you trust. Make sure that its staff is compassionate and attentive, willing to discuss all of your options with you, and also respect any choice that you may make. In addition, select an agency that is available 24/7, that will stand by your side not only as you prepare for the adoption, but also after the placement and throughout your life. Adoption is a lifelong journey; as an expectant/birth parent choosing adoption, you deserve long-term support.
2. Meet with an experienced, compassionate adoption counselor.
Once you choose the right adoption agency, you can truly begin designing your adoption plan. A licensed adoption counselor will help get you started by walking through your various unplanned pregnancy options. She will then listen as you discuss your wants and needs through this pregnancy, placement, and beyond. Your counselor will also educate you on your many birth mother rights, and show you what to expect before, during, and after the birth of your baby.
At Adoptions With Love, we believe this counseling is a very important step in the adoption process. It allows you to think about your many options, ask questions openly, learn about the adoption option, and create a plan that makes the most sense for you and your child. With your adoption counselor, you will also be given the option to design the type of adoption plan you want: an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption plan.
3. Choose a loving adoptive family.
After discussing the different types of adoption plans, your counselor will give you the option to choose an adoptive family for your child, if you would like. You will always have this opportunity at Adoptions With Love. Here, we will listen to your wishes, help form your vision of the perfect family, and send you detailed photo albums and profiles from the waiting families the best fit your mold. Once you choose a family for your baby, you will have the option to speak to them through email, phone, or even meet in-person. This is completely up to you.
No matter what family you choose, rest assured you will be placing your baby in a safe and secure home. At Adoptions With Love, all potential adoptive families are thoroughly screened before they are approved for parenthood. All our families have completed an extensive home study process and series of background checks to ensure the safety and stability of their homes.
4. Understand the adoption laws of Maryland.
Adoption laws vary state to state. For this reason, it is crucial to work with an adoption agency that has attorneys specifically trained in the state of Maryland. If you choose to work with Adoptions With Love, our counselors can meet you – wherever you are – to walk you through the Maryland adoption process.
In Maryland, you cannot sign any legal adoption documents until after your baby is born. Adoptions With Love recommends that you take enough time to rest after your baby’s birth before making a final decision. Adoption is a lifelong choice; we want you to be confident that it is the most positive one for you and your child.
By Maryland law, birth mothers who choose adoption may receive assistance with reasonable medical and legal expenses, as well as adoption counseling. If you choose to work with Adoptions With Love, know that our birth mother services are always free of charge. We can provide financial assistance for pregnancy-related expenses needed before, during, and up to six weeks after your baby’s adoption:
- Transportation for medical care relating to pregnancy/birth
- Food, clothing, and other maternity-related expenses
- Housing assistance
- Financial assistance
- Legal assistance
- Assistance finding quality medical care
- Complete counseling
- Help designing your adoption plan
5. Make a post-placement plan.
With Adoptions With Love, you will have the option to establish a plan for ongoing communication with your child’s adoptive family. For example, you can choose to receive photo updates of your child over the years, arrange annual visits, or simply stay in touch via email, phone, or Skype. In adoption, open communication is known as an open adoption arrangement. While most birth mothers and children find this type of plan very beneficial, it may not be right for you. For this reason, Adoptions With Love also offers confidential, closed adoption plans.
We will also help you establish a plan for ongoing counseling and support after your baby is placed. Adoptions With Love offers continuing, confidential counseling services as well as birth mother support groups at no cost to you. Through these outlets, we can help you navigate emotions, communication, and relationships after the adoption takes place.
Whether you just found out you are pregnant, are in your final trimester, or have just given birth to your baby, it is not too late to make a loving adoption plan. Contact us today at 1-800-722-7731 for more information on adoption in Maryland.
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.