Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy? Right now, you may feel overwhelmed by the many emotions you are experiencing. You want to provide the best possible home for your baby, but do not feel ready to raise a child at this time. If you are considering adoption for your baby, you may not know where to begin or how to start the process. Take a deep breath. One of the most important things to know as an expectant mother in Nebraska is that you do not have to walk this journey alone. There are supportive, compassionate adoption professionals in your area who can help you explore your unplanned pregnancy options and guide you in making an adoption plan.
The decision to place your baby for adoption is a decision made with love and thoughtfulness. It is one of the most selfless and long-term choices you can make for your child, and should always be well-informed. Before choosing to make an adoption plan, it is essential to do your research: Ask questions. Assess all your options. Learn about the steps you need to take to place your baby for adoption in Nebraska. As a licensed adoption agency serving Nebraska, Adoptions With Love can help. We are here to listen to you, educate you on adoption in Nebraska, and help you make the most positive, informed decision for you and your baby.
Adoptions With Love has great relationships with expert adoption counselors and attorneys licensed in your state. If you need help placing your baby for adoption in Nebraska, know that you can always contact us. We partner with experienced counselors and trusted adoption attorneys across your state. To help you get started, we have also outlined some of the steps you must take to place your baby for adoption in Nebraska below:
1. Choose and Meet with a Trusted Adoption Professional
The first and perhaps most essential step in the adoption process is choosing the right adoption professional to guide you through the process. There are many adoption professionals in Nebraska who can help, but it is important to find the people that you trust, who are reputable, compassionate, and that will listen to your needs. Choose adoption professionals that will discuss your many options with you, adoption and beyond, and that will respect any choice you make. The right adoption professionals will stand by your side throughout the entire adoption experience – as you prepare for the adoption, after you place your baby, and throughout your life. These counselors should always be available to you at any time of day, any day of the week, to help you through the adoption process or just to talk.
2. Decide on the Adoption Plan that is Right for You
Open adoption is a positive choice available to expectant/birth mothers in Nebraska. This means that if you choose to work with an open adoption agency, you will have the option to continue a relationship with your child’s adoptive family following his or her placement. This may involve receiving pictures of your child over the years, or even having monthly Skype or FaceTime meetings with your child and his or her adoptive parents. As an expectant/birth mother, you can decide if you want contact, and how much contact, you are comfortable having with the adoptive family.
At Adoptions With Love, we understand open adoption is not right for everyone. Here, you can choose from an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or a closed adoption plan. One of our compassionate adoption counselors will explain each option to you and, if you would like, can help you personally design the type of adoption plan that fits your wants and needs. At AWL, you can also select and meet an adoptive family for your baby, if you wish.
3. Select a Loving Adoptive Family
Many expectant/birth parents find peace of mind in choosing the adoptive family for their baby. If you would like to make this loving choice, your open adoption agency will share with you a selection of prospective Adoptive Parent Profiles. These family profiles, consisting of letters and photos, will help you get to know each waiting family and choose the best match for your baby. At Adoptions With Love, we will listen carefully to your wishes and show you the waiting families that can meet all you envision for your child.
No matter which adoptive family you choose, know that your child will be safe, secure, and loved. All waiting adoptive families at Adoptions With Love are thoroughly screened and evaluated through an extensive home study process, as well as a series of background checks to ensure each family is fit and ready to raise a child.
4. Understand the Laws of Adoption in Nebraska
Adoption laws vary state to state. In Nebraska, you cannot sign any legal adoption documents until at least 48 hours after the baby is born. This will give you more time to spend with your baby and think about your choice. Adoption is a lifelong decision, and we want to ensure you are comfortable and confident that it is the best one for you and your child.
If you decide to place your baby for adoption in Nebraska, it is important to find an agency that is knowledgeable, experienced, and specifically trained in the laws of your area. If you choose to work with Adoptions With Love, for example, you can meet with our attorney partners who are experts in Nebraska adoptions. They can meet with you – wherever you are – to help walk you through the legal adoption process.
Adoptions With Love’s legal services are always free of charge. In fact, all of the birth parent services at our agency are free of cost. We can provide financial assistance for pregnancy-related expenses needed before, during, and up to six weeks after your baby’s adoption, such as:
- Complete counseling
- Help designing your adoption plan
- Assistance finding quality medical care
- Housing assistance
- Financial assistance
- Legal assistance
5. Pursue Continued Adoption Support
Adoption is a lifelong journey full of new, delicate feelings and relationships. You do not have to navigate these alone. Adoptions With Love can help you manage any difficult emotions or adoption relationships that arise post-placement. We extend our free ongoing, confidential counseling services to you. We can also mediate any open contact you wish to have with your child and his or her family down the road.
At Adoptions With Love, we want you to know how selfless and brave you are for making this choice. Know that 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 in Nebraska. 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.