Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy in Kentucky? If you are thinking about placing your child for adoption, you likely have many questions. The first thing to do is to learn about the adoption process in Kentucky.
Adoption can be a positive choice. If you are looking for more information regarding the adoption process in Kentucky, you should contact an adoption agency.
Before you start, here are the basics about how the adoption process in Kentucky works and what you need to know:
- Who can guide expectant/birthmothers with an adoption in Kentucky?
Adoption is a complicated process. It is an emotional rollercoaster that can sometimes feel overwhelming. It is important to find support during this challenging time. The best type of resource to help you is an adoption professional.
There are several types of professionals who work specialize in adoption, such as:
- Adoption facilitators
- Adoption law centers & law firms
- Local adoption agencies
- National adoption agencies
A private, full-service adoption agency, such as Adoptions With Love, can help you with every step of the adoption process in Kentucky. They can offer you counseling services, legal assistance, and financial support – all at no charge to you, the expectant/birth mother.
Working with an adoption agency ensures that your adoption is safe, legal, and complete. It also ensures that the child goes to a safe, stable, and loving home. It is never a good idea to rely on third-party sites such as Facebook, Craigslist, or other online chat groups or forums for adoption help.
Adoptions With Love has been helping expectant/birth mothers navigate this journey since 1986. Our experience as a small, national adoption agency means that we guide and support you before and after the adoption is complete.
- How to prepare for an adoption in Kentucky?
The first step in making an adoption plan in Kentucky is by choosing an adoption agency. You should choose a professional with whom you can trust.
Once you have chosen an adoption agency, you will meet with a counselor so that they may get to know you and understand your needs.
In choosing adoption, you also have the power to choose:
- The type of adoption plan you want (open, semi-open, or closed)
- The adoptive parents
- How your hospital/birthing center experience will be regarding the adoptive family
Another key step in preparing for adoption is counseling services. The comprehensive counseling offered – for free – at Adoptions With Love includes round-the-clock care as you consider your adoption plans. You are going to experience a range of emotions throughout the adoption process and an experienced, compassionate counselor will be there to help you every step of the way. The counseling services do not end once the paperwork is signed. This complimentary service is offered to expectant/birth mothers for up to a year following the adoption.
As you prepare for adoption, you can rest assured that the adoptive families are preparing for adoption with the Home Study. This several-month-long process involves multiple home visits and interviews, background checks and screenings, and examining professional, medical, and financial documents. This ensures your child is raised in a safe, stable, and healthy environment.
- How much does it cost?
There are never any fees for an expectant/birth mother who chooses adoption. You can, in fact, receive financial support during this challenging time.
At Adoptions With Love, we offer the following services for expectant/birth mothers:
- Financial assistance with utilities, phone, maternity clothing, and other necessities, as needed.
- Custom-designed adoption planning services, including meeting the adoptive family ahead of time, if you wish.
- Housing assistance. We can cover a deposit and several months of rent.
- Counseling services by compassionate professionals.
- Medical care. We can help you find a doctor or midwife with whom you feel comfortable, and cover all costs related to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery.
- Legal assistance is provided by experienced lawyers who specialize in adoption.
- Ongoing contact through pictures and letters from the adoptive family of your child over the years.
Your health and wellbeing should be the top priority of your adoption agency.
- What to expect after an adoption in Kentucky?
Adoption is not a sprint. There is no finish line, as you may expect to find after the court documents are filed. Adoption is a lifelong journey. Once your adoption is complete, the road to recovery and healing can begin.
Thanks to open adoption, the most common type of adoption plan today, adoption in Kentucky means you do not have to say “goodbye” forever to your child. It is, in fact, only the beginning of your relationship. With the help of your adoption agency, you can maintain ongoing communication with your child’s adoptive family. Many expectant/birth mothers find they form a deep, meaningful bond with this family. Not only are you gaining another family to love, but your child is being raised knowing that he/she is loved by two families. Most children in open adoptions report feeling happy about their circumstances. They are more likely to be read to, sung to, or told stories to, on a nightly basis.
Your adoption plan is completely up to you. If you would like to maintain frequent contact with your child’s adoptive family, that can be arranged. If you feel more comfortable with a semi-open adoption or a closed adoption, that is okay, too. There is no right or wrong way to make an adoption plan. Your adoption agency should respect your wishes and help guide you along in the journey, without placing any pressure upon you.
Adoption is an emotional journey that can be complicated. Adoptions With Love can help. Our experienced and caring staff can help you with every part of the adoption process in Kentucky.