What are the Types of Adoption Agencies in Maryland?
There are several types of adoption agencies in Maryland, including:
Private Adoption Agencies
Private adoption agencies in Maryland offer a range of services for expectant/birth parents. Most expectant/birth parents considering adoption choose to work with a private adoption agency, so that they can make choices throughout their pregnancy. Private adoption agencies work with expectant/birth parents who are choosing adoption voluntarily, and help to match babies with the best possible adoptive families. Private adoption agencies are also the popular choice for prospective adoptive parents who are looking to adopt an infant.
A private adoption agency will typically handle everything related to the adoption process – from helping you choose a family for your baby, to finalizing legal paperwork. Their work is dedicated to finding the best possible families for babies, and ensuring expectant/birth parents are supported with counseling, financial aid, and education every step of the way.
Foster Care Adoption
Foster care agencies are public agencies that are part of the child welfare system. These agencies help to find safe, loving families for children in foster care.
Foster care is not typically a path chosen by the birth mother, but rather for a birth mother because she has been deemed unfit to care for a child. In this case, the state comes in and removes the baby or child from the birth parent’s home.
What is the Best Agency for Expectant/Birth Mothers?
Adoption is a big step when facing an unplanned pregnancy. It is easy to get overwhelmed during the process, which is where a Maryland adoption agency can help. By empowering you with information and answering questions and concerns regarding your pregnancy options – not just adoption – an adoption professional can help you get started.
Before deciding on an adoption agency, do some research and consider the services offered by each, such as:
- Financial assistance, as needed
- Counseling services before and after the adoption
- Legal support
- Assistance custom-designing an adoption plan that meets your needs and wishes
- Medical coverage, if needed
At Adoptions With Love, expectant/birth mothers are never charged a fee for any of the services mentioned above. In fact, if and when you choose adoption, you can receive financial assistance that relates to your pregnancy and the adoption process.
In addition to these services offered, look for an adoption agency in Maryland that will meet you where it is convenient for you. Ensure this agency always treats you with the respect, dignity, and compassion you deserve. You should never feel obligated to choose adoption. You should never feel pressure, bias, or judgment when making any choice regarding your pregnancy. You are the birth parent and this is YOUR choice. You are in the driver’s seat.