Arizona Adoption Help

Common Questions from Birth Parents

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Will I be able to choose the family?

Yes, if you would like to choose the family we will show you adoptive family profiles that cover the story of their lives with pictures and letters. There is no shortage of families to choose from, so if you don’t find the family in the first batch of profiles we can keep you showing you more until you find the family that is right for your child.

Will I be able to communicate with the family?

How much or how little involvement you want with the family is totally up to you. Many birth moms and adoptive families start with emails, phone calls or Skype calls to better get to know each other during the pregnancy. If you would prefer a confidential adoption, you have that option as well.

Do I have to talk to the family?

If you are uncomfortable having contact with the adoptive family, you don’t have to. We encourage at least a phone call in order to instill trust on both side, but this is completely up to you.

What will the adoptive family know about me?

For health reasons, the adoptive family will know about your medical history. Other than that, it is up to you. They would love to get to know you and find out about your interests and talents as this information may be valuable to the child as he or she grows older.

Can I stay in touch with the adoptive family?

Yes, if you choose so, the adoptive family will stay in touch at your request with pictures and letters up to four times a year until the child is 18 years of age.

Will I be able to meet the adoptive family in person?

Yes, if you would like to. Usually this meeting occurs when the baby is born. The adoptive family will visit you in the hospital and spend time with you and the baby. If you do not wish to meet the family, you don’t have to.

When can I be matched with a family?

In order to be matched with a family we need to first fill out our intake paperwork and then request medical records from your doctor. At that point we can show you profiles and begin to make the match official.

Where are the adoptive families located?

We find the adoptive families all over the country from attorneys and agencies that we have established relationships with. All have been through a very rigorous court testing to be approved to adopt.

How much will an adoption cost me?

An adoption is no cost to you. All of your medical, legal and counseling services are covered. Once you are matched with a family the court will approve a living expense budget that continues until 6 weeks after the birth.

When do living expenses start?

Living expenses begin once you are matched with a family. Typically this occurs in the fifth month or so. You will receive living expenses until 6 weeks after the birth of the baby.

Can I do an adoption without the birth father’s consent?

In Arizona, birthfathers must be informed of an adoption in which they are a potential father. If the birthfather does not consent to the adoption, we can try and contact him in order to talk with him in detail about the adoption and see if he will consent. If he is not willing to consent, we can have him served legally, which gives him 30 days to file for paternity with the court. If the birthfather is unknown, Arizona law provides that we can issue a publication in the legal section of the newspaper.

Do I have to live in Arizona in order for you to help me?

No, you do not have to live in Arizona for us to help you with an adoption plan, but you must reside in Arizona during the birth of your child. We can help arrange for transportation and relocation expenses to facilitate your travels.

Are medical expenses covered?

We will help you apply for public health insurance in order to cover your medical costs. Any costs that are not covered by public healthcare will be taken care of by the adoptive family.

When can I relinquish my parental rights?

In Arizona, we can sign consent 72 hours after the birth of the baby.

What if I do not have transportation for my medical and counseling appointments?

Your health insurance provider may offer transportation to medical appointments. If not, we have a driver that will get you to and from any medical or counseling appointments.

Is there counseling available?

Absolutely. Our certified counselor has been working with our birthmoms for over 13 years. She is an adoptive mother herself and is here to support you during this time.

 

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