Loved Beyond Measure

Creating Your Pregnancy Plan

We will help you find assistance in paying the medical expenses that are a result of your pregnancy and delivery. The portion of your medical expenses that is not covered by private insurance or state funding will be provided by the adoptive family. Your worker is available to help with finding and scheduling prenatal appointments as well as setting up a hospital tour if you are interested. Also available to you is a Lamaze/Birthing Education Coach through our agency. She is available to you and can do private classes to help you feel comfortable and ready for delivery.

Our agency will provided court approved living expenses for birth mothers who need the help. We can help with expenses such as rent, utilities, food, sundries, and your phone bill. We understand how difficult it is to get back on your feet and return to work after delivering a baby and we want to help you as much as possible. Depending on your State of residence, the amount of court approved expenses may vary.

The decision to choose adoption is not an easy one to make on your own. Although it may be a difficult and painful choice, we will be there to provide support, including counseling if you would like. We understand how important it is for you to stay healthy and well taken care of, and we are here to support you through your adoption plan. We want to help you customize a plan that you are 100% comfortable with. Counseling and legal representation is provided to you at no cost. We also have many resources to help you during and after the placement of your child.

 

We provide counseling to you as the birth mother, the birth father if he is interested as well as your family and other children. We want you to have a great support system and we believe that helping others around you understand adoption and what the future brings sets you up for success.

We can help you find or apply for housing, and help with paying your rent during your pregnancy and up to four to six weeks after your delivery. We want you to feel safe and secure in your living situation and help provide shelter to you and your family.

 

Your worker will help you with transportation to your doctor appointments, to pick up your prescription and to take you to any legal representation appointments. They are also available to help with transportation to apply for Medicaid, food stamps, employment or furthering your education. If further assistance is needed, i.e., trips to the grocery store or a ride to work, your worker is happy to help arrange that for you or provide a bus pass if you choose.

Medical Care

We will help you find assistance in paying the medical expenses that are a result of your pregnancy and delivery. The portion of your medical expenses that is not covered by private insurance or state funding will be provided by the adoptive family. Your worker is available to help with finding and scheduling prenatal appointments as well as setting up a hospital tour if you are interested. Also available to you is a Lamaze/Birthing Education Coach through our agency. She is available to you and can do private classes to help you feel comfortable and ready for delivery.

Financial Assistance

Our agency will provided court approved living expenses for birth mothers who need the help. We can help with expenses such as rent, utilities, food, sundries, and your phone bill. We understand how difficult it is to get back on your feet and return to work after delivering a baby and we want to help you as much as possible. Depending on your State of residence, the amount of court approved expenses may vary.

Support

The decision to choose adoption is not an easy one to make on your own. Although it may be a difficult and painful choice, we will be there to provide support, including counseling if you would like. We understand how important it is for you to stay healthy and well taken care of, and we are here to support you through your adoption plan. We want to help you customize a plan that you are 100% comfortable with. Counseling and legal representation is provided to you at no cost. We also have many resources to help you during and after the placement of your child.

We provide counseling to you as the birth mother, the birth father if he is interested as well as your family and other children. We want you to have a great support system and we believe that helping others around you understand adoption and what the future brings sets you up for success.

Housing & Transport

We can help you find or apply for housing, and help with paying your rent during your pregnancy and up to four to six weeks after your delivery. We want you to feel safe and secure in your living situation and help provide shelter to you and your family.

Your worker will help you with transportation to your doctor appointments, to pick up your prescription and to take you to any legal representation appointments. They are also available to help with transportation to apply for Medicaid, food stamps, employment or furthering your education. If further assistance is needed, i.e., trips to the grocery store or a ride to work, your worker is happy to help arrange that for you or provide a bus pass if you choose.

COMMON QUESTIONS

Why choose adoption?

The choice of adoption is a positive alternative to an unplanned pregnancy. Many women who find themselves in this situation do not search out all of their options. An adoption plan can be whatever you want it to be.

Who will help me to understand my decision to place my child for adoption?

The decision to choose adoption is not an easy one to make on your own. Although it may be a difficult and painful choice, we will be there to provide support, including counseling if you would like.

Can I choose the adoptive family of my child?

Yes, you have the option of approving the parents who will be adopting your baby. Each family makes a picture profile, which is a mini-scrap book that tells you about their lives. The profiles we will present to you are filled with photos of the family, their vacations, their home and lots more. It will also include a “Dear Birth Mother” letter that addresses other frequently asked questions such as their likes and dislikes, hobbies, etc…

How do I know the adoptive family will provide a safe environment in which to raise my child?

All of our prospective adoptive parents go through extensive background checks. Case workers meet them in their homes to interview them. The couples are required to provide a State Bureau of Investigation report and a child abuse clearance report as well as birth certificates, a copy of their marriage license, physician’s reports that include HIV test results, etc… Adoptive families are carefully screened.

Can the agency help me with living expenses if I am unable to work?

The agency will provide court approved living expenses to birth mothers who need the help. We understand how difficult it is to get back on your feet and return to work after delivering a baby.

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

Yes, if you wish they can come meet you before the baby is born and you can have as much or as little of a relationship with the adoptive family as you want. You also have the opportunity to talk with them over the phone throughout the pregnancy. You can call to let them know how your doctor’s visits are going. If the family is able, and you are willing, they can even attend a doctor’s appointment with you.

You will know as much information about the adoptive family as we can give to you without revealing their last names and addresses. However, if you prefer to have a closed adoption with the adoptive family, that is also available.

Can I do an adoption without the birth father?

Many birth fathers consent to the adoption; however, if the birth father does not wish to consent, you do not know the whereabouts of the birth father, or he would like to speak to an agency representative, our agency (and/or) attorney is/are available to speak to you about your specific situation.

Will I be able to receive help with transportation if I need it?

Your case worker will help you with transportation to and from your doctor’s visits and take you to pick up prescriptions. If further assistance is needed ,e.g., trips to the grocery store or a ride to work your case worker will be glad to help arrange that for you. We understand how important it is that you stay healthy and well taken care of.

How do I pay for the medical costs incurred by the pregnancy?

The choice of adoption is always at no cost to the birth mother. We will help you find assistance in paying the medical bills. The portion of the medical expenses not covered by private insurance or by state funds will be provided by the adoptive family.

Can I have contact with my baby while I am in the hospital?

Your case workers will help you make that decision. You can see your baby as often as you want while you are in the hospital.

When will the adoptive family take the baby home?

In most situations the adoptive family are at the hospital while the birth mother is in labor. If you would like, the family can even be in the delivery room with you. If the couple lives out of state, the agency suggests they come to Colorado a day or two before your estimated due date. If you deliver early they will be on the next flight out of their home town.

Is transitional care ever involved?

In extreme cases, when the adoptive family is unable to arrive before the baby is released from the hospital, we will place the baby in transitional care. The families who watch the children for this short period of time are screened as intensively as the adoptive family.

Do I have to go in front of a Judge to give my consent?

In Colorado, the birth mother or birth parents may execute their relinquishment of their parental rights and consent to adoption under the expedited relinquishment procedure without a court hearing for children under one year old. In the instance that the child falls under the Indian Child Welfare Act or the child is over one year old, the birth mother/parents must appear in court. Birth parents may chose to go into court to relinquish their parental rights in front of a Judge. If your child is under one year old, birth parents may chose whether they sign the relinquishment under the Expedited Statute or under the Traditional Relinquishment Statute.

Will I have to find my own attorney for the consent?

Adoption Choices provides independent legal counsel for the birth mother which covers the Relinquishment filing only. Any other legal costs & contested matter are not covered and will be at the birth parent’s expense.

Will I be able to know about my child's health and well-being after his or her birth?

Ongoing correspondence is definitely an option for you as a birth mother. We require that the adoptive family be open to sending pictures and letters at least once a year until the child reaches the age of 18. You are also able to send the adoptive family letters and pictures for the baby through the agency.

Meet families who are waiting to adopt

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Lauralee

Lauralee

Fortunately for me I was no stranger to adoption. I was adopted and my mother, my sister and my aunt have all placed a baby for adoption. It didn’t make my decision any easier, I was just more familiar with the process. I knew a lot more clearly than some, that placing your baby for adoption doesn’t mean giving up on your baby, it just means you want a better life for your baby. . . . Read more

Birth Mother

Birth Mother

Thinking of my options due to an unplanned pregnancy, I came to the adoption journey scared, feeling alone, and no where to turn. After talking to and meeting with Christy, my fears and uncertainty seems to disappear. She reassured me that the adoption plan could be anything I wanted, that this was my baby and I could choose what I wanted. I never felt judged or that anyone would be upset with me if I decided to parent my child. After several months of working with Christy, my daughter was born and I got to meet the family that I had picked. . . . Read more

Gracie & Mike

Gracie & Mike

Thinking of my options due to an unplanned pregnancy, I came to the adoption journey scared, feeling alone, and no where to turn. After talking to and meeting with Christy, my fears and uncertainty seems to disappear. She reassured me that the adoption plan could be anything I wanted, that this was my baby and I could choose what I wanted. I never felt judged or that anyone would be upset with me if I decided to parent my child. After several months of working with Christy, my daughter was born and I got to meet the family that I had picked. . . . Read more

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