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Considering Adoption?



Adoption is a positive, loving way to handle an untimely pregnancy.

Adoption isn't right for everyone, but is certainly a loving option
Adoption is not abandonment; it is a loving, responsible act. It is normal to be experiencing an array of fears, concerns and perceived obstacles as you consider adoption. Very courageous and unselfish women choose adoption.

Expectant mothers have choices when it comes to adoption planning.
When you choose adoption, you play an active role in every part of the adoption process. You are able to customize your own adoption plan. After reviewing several profiles completed by adoptive parents, you can select the family that best "fits" you and your baby. You can make choices every step of the way.

Adoption Types--You Choose!!

  • Open
    You choose your child's family. You will be able to communicate directly with them about your child through letters, pictures, and possibly even phone calls and visits. Your child will grow up knowing who you are.
  • Partially Open
    You choose the type of family your child grows up in. You may learn how your child is doing through pictures or letters that the adoption agency or lawyer shares with you. You usually will not know your child's full name or location.
  • Confidential
    If you choose not to have contact with your child later, your child's family will be selected for you. Neither you or the adoptive family will know each other's identity, but the agency may share medical information that will help the family care for your child.

What rights does the father of the baby have
Your baby's father typically has legal rights related to adoption. State laws determine his options for providing input into the adoption and how he must be notified. If the father does not support your choice of adoption, he has long-term legal responsibilities to support his child.

Hand 'n Hand is not an adoption agency, but we can answer questions regarding the adoption option. We do make referrals to excellent adoption agencies.