Step 1: Information Gathering
Gifts of Grace’s Birth Family Coordinator will meet with you as you consider adoption as an option for your child. We will provide information on adoption and help you consider all options for you and your child.
Step 2: Registration Paperwork
Once you determine that adoption is the right choice for you and your child, our Birth Family Coordinator will register you as a client and complete the necessary paperwork to begin the adoption process.
Step 3: Creating an Adoption Plan
Our Birth Family Coordinator will assist you with the adoption plan including, but not limited to, how and when you want to meet the adoptive family, who you want in the delivery room, whether or not you wish to spend time with your baby following birth, informing the hospital of your decision and preparing a Life Book for your child, and, in older child adoptions, help with the transition process. We are available to you 24/7 and meet with you frequently to discuss your overall health and well-being, your pregnancy and adoption plan, and even attend prenatal appointments with you, if desired.
Step 4: Selecting a Family
The Birth Family Coordinator will work with you to determine the level of openness you prefer for your adoption. We will then provide adoptive family profile books in order for you to select an adoptive family. Once a family is selected, our Birth Family and Adoptive Family Coordinators will work together to arrange a phone call or meeting, if you desire, so that both you and the adoptive couple can confirm that you are comfortable with each other. If you desire, you and the adoptive family can continue to get to know one another throughout your pregnancy.
Step 5: The Legal Process
After the baby is born, or the older child has been placed for adoption, you will be given the legal documents to sign to relinquish your parental rights to the adoptive family. Gifts of Grace continues to provide support to you long after your child is placed for adoption. Communication and meetings can continue, and you are always welcome to attend our birth parent support groups.