Helpful Answers to Your Questions:
Forever Families recognizes that every birth parent and every child is different and each has their own strengths and resources waiting to be identified and supported.
Yes, you can make an adoption plan for your child at any point during your pregnancy and even after birth. Many of our services are to women who have delivered a baby and are in the hospital when they make an adoption plan. We do recommend however that you at least get some information as soon as you feel you want to explore adoption as an option. Having a plan for your baby can ease anxiety and crisis around the pregnancy and changes to your life. Your baby needs a plan, and you will need to decide what you feel is best for them- you parenting, or choosing an adoptive family to parent.
Yes, you can still pursue adoption as a plan even if you do not know the whereabouts or full name of the birth father. Any information you may know about the birth father will be gathered, and a report of reasonable efforts will be completed. The law states that reasonable efforts need to be made to locate and or identify the birth father in an adoption plan. There are several ways to terminate a birth father’s potential parental rights which can be further discussed with you regarding your situation.
No, if you are intimidated or unwilling to talk with a birth father, your adoption specialist will make this contact as part of reasonable efforts.
This depends on many variables, which can be discussed with you regarding your certain circumstances. If a married woman is pregnant and desires to make an adoption plan for her child, the legal father (husband) would need to agree to the plan and cooperate with the termination of parental rights. In other situations where birth fathers may not be legal (not married to mother or declared legal in a court of law) and disagree with an adoption plan…the best interest of the child will be determined by the appropriate Judge in the court of jurisdiction.
Yes, any pregnancy related costs can be reimbursed to you, with receipt. This can include living expenses, counseling, transportation expenses to appointments, etc. When these expenses are reimbursed or payed out will depend on the circumstances of your situation.
In 2014, Michigan enacted Out Of Court Consent giving birth parents an option to consent to the adoption of their child outside of a court hearing at least 72 hours after birth. When both birth parents are in agreement with an adoption plan a Consent meeting can be scheduled with our attorney to take the consent of the birth parents. Under other circumstances when a birth father is unable to be identified or located, reasonable efforts will be documented, and an out of court consent still may be possible. Each situation is unique, but this has allowed birth parents the convenience of completing their adoption plan for their child without having to go to a court hearing. Consent meetings are private and confidential, and an attorney is hired to represent the birth parents at no expense to them.
Adoption today is very different, and every situation is unique. Some adoptive families are completely open to on-going contact with birth parents and welcome their contact. Letters, pictures, updates, as well as private web pages are frequently agreed upon between adoptive parents and birth parents. Giving birth parents confirmation that their child is well loved and cared for is a goal of every adoption we complete, as we strive to develop trusting relationships (if so desired) between all parties.