Are you a facing an unplanned pregnancy? You may be feeling scared and overwhelmed. One of the most important things to know as an expectant/birth parent in Indiana is that you have options. It is important to explore these carefully, with the help of a doctor, counselor, or other professional. You should not have to many any big decisions alone. If you are looking for an adoption agency in Indiana, or simply looking to learn more about the adoption process, we are here for you.
Adoptions With Love is a domestic, private adoption agency that has been helping women make adoption plans for over 33 years. We have close partnerships with compassionate counselors and adoption attorneys throughout Indiana, who can educate you on your options and walk you through the adoption process, if and when you are ready. In Indiana, you can start making an adoption plan during your pregnancy – whether you are in trimester 1 or 3 – and even after you have given birth.
As an expectant/birth mother, it is important to learn about your options and think about the best interests of your baby. An informed decision is the best decision you can make. To help get you started, we have compiled a short guide about placing a baby for adoption in Indiana.
Choose an adoption agency.
As you begin to explore your options and make an adoption plan, your first step will be to choose the right adoption professional. Keep in mind, choosing an adoption agency does not mean that you have to choose adoption. An adoption agency is simply there to guide you through this process, and teach you about your various options at this point. There are countless adoption professionals to choose from, but it is important to find someone you feel completely comfortable with – professionals you can trust. Be sure to choose an adoption agency that is fully willing to discuss your options, listen to your hopes and needs, and respect any choice that you make. Your adoption agency or its attorneys should also inform you regarding adoption laws in Indiana, and provide you the guidance you need and deserve.
Meet with an adoption counselor.
After choosing an adoption agency that works in Indiana, you should begin meeting with a licensed adoption social worker. This is an essential part of the journey. This is the person who will walk you through your pregnancy and adoption options, and who help you make an adoption plan that is unique to you. She will also be there to answer your questions, to answer the phone whenever you call, and to help you navigate any emotions along the way. You will be given the opportunity to consider (and re-consider) your options, learn about your rights as a birth mom, and understand exactly what to expect before, during, and after the adoption process. Only then will you know if adoption is right for you.
Understand the adoption laws in Indiana.
Adoption laws vary by state. In Indiana, the birth father may give consent for adoption at any time. A birth mother may give her consent any time after birth. This gives birth mothers a chance to meet their baby and more time to think about their choice. This time should be taken to ensure you are comfortable with your decision.
In Indiana, if the biological father signs consent before birth, and it contains the statutorily prescribed language, the document becomes irrevocable – he cannot change his mind about the adoption. There are many other laws about adoption in Indiana, including the level of financial aid you may receive, your rights as an expectant/birth parent, as well as the rights of your baby’s biological father. That is why, if you choose to place your baby for adoption in Indiana, it is important to work with professionals that are experienced in the state. Our knowledgeable adoption attorneys, for example, are specifically trained in Indiana adoptions. They can meet with you – wherever you are – to help walk you through the legal process. These legal services, along with other birth parent services, are always free of charge.
Choose an adoptive family.
An important part of the process in making an adoption plan is having the opportunity to choose the perfect adoptive family for your baby. Express your wishes and vision for the ideal family to your adoption agency, and they, in turn, will send you detailed profiles and photo albums from the many families hoping to adopt. Once you have chosen the right family, you will have the option to meet or speak with them – over the phone, email, or in-person – if you would like. This is completely up to you! No matter which family you choose, you can rest assured your baby will be welcomed into a safe, secure, and loving home. Adoptive families who adopt a baby in Indiana must undergo a home study process, which includes background checks, interviews, and a series of in-person visits to ensure the home is safe, secure, and stable.
Make a post-placement plan.
Expectant/birth parents in Indiana can choose to keep in touch with their child’s adoptive family even after the adoption takes place. This is available through an open adoption plan. Open adoption means birth parents and adoptive parents stay in contact over the years. This level of contact, as well as the frequency contact, is defined by you. You may also decide you do not want contact right away, and opt for a closed adoption plan. You can always open this up down the road, with the help of your adoption counselor. All of the families at Adoptions With Love agree to at least a semi-open adoption, meaning you will have letters and photos of your child if and when you are ready.
Whether you choose an open adoption, semi-adoption, or closed adoption, the trained social workers of your adoption agency will always be here for you, now and for years to come. Adoption is a lifelong journey. After placing your baby for adoption in Indiana, it is best to pursue counseling and support. Adoptions With Love offers ongoing, confidential counseling services at no cost to birth parents who chose adoption. We can help you navigate your emotions, as well as any post-placement communication and relationships.
Whether you just found out you are pregnant, are in your final trimester, or have already given birth to your baby, it is not too late to start an adoption plan. Contact Amy, Nancy, Jessica, Brittany, or Carli today at 1-800-722-7731 for more information on adoption in Indiana.
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.