Birth Mother Choices

Pregnant? Is it unplanned or unexpected? Not the right time?

You aren't sure who to trust or who you can talk to. Your concerns, feelings and privacy are important to you. You should never feel pressured to make a decision. Right now, you're probably overwhelmed with so many questions:

  • Am I ready to be a mother?
  • Who can I talk to about my choices?
  • What will my family think?
  • What about school?
  • What will happen if I give my baby up for adoption?
  • Who will protect me?
  • How do I tell the father?
  • How will I afford this?

Considering Adoption?

You may be wondering how adoption works. How will you pay for your pregnancy? How will you take care of yourself during the pregnancy? What is the difference between an open or closed adoption? As an expectant mother, you are entitled to certain protections and resources under Indiana Law. An attorney can help you understand if adoption is best for you and your baby based upon your needs and choices.

  • You have the right to choose an attorney or agency to help you create an adoption plan.
  • Your rights are best explained by an attorney you select to represent you during the process. The attorney's fees are paid by the adoptive parents you choose. The adoptive parents will be represented by a different attorney.
  • A counselor experienced in adoption can guide and counsel you throughout the adoption process, including after the adoption takes place. The fees are paid by the adoptive parents and are at no cost to you.
  • You may choose the individual or couple you would like to adopt your baby by reviewing photos and detailed information describing each of the waiting families.
  • You may receive reimbursement for living expenses during your pregnancy, paid by the adoptive parents you have selected.
  • An Expectant Care Coordinator can help you get access to resources including housing, medical care, transportation and living expenses including food and utilities. The adoptive parents also pay for your expectant care coordinator.
  • You may change your mind at any point during the pregnancy prior to signing the legal consent if you feel adoption is no longer in your or your baby's best interests.

We represent adoptive families who have the resources to assist you during this difficult time. Our clients will cover the fees and expenses for you to obtain the services you need, including an attorney of your choice. Your attorney will advise you and an explain the legal process of adoption so you understand your rights. Your family, friends or boyfriend may have differing opinions because they have a personal interest in your situation. But this choice is about what is best for you and your baby.

Call 317.218.6888. The line is open 24 hours a day. You will be connected with an experienced adoption professional who will listen and help you obtain resources so you can make an informed decision.

You don't have to do this alone.

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