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Have questions about adoption? We’ve got answers.

Whether you’re an expecting mom or an adoptive family, these common adoption questions and answers can empower you with the right information during your journey.

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For Expecting Moms

How much does it cost to choose adoption for my child?

All of our services are free and confidential for expecting moms.

What are the father’s rights?

An unmarried woman in Indiana is not required to name any potential fathers (AKA putative fathers). But if a man thinks he might be the father of her child, he can register with the putative (possible) father’s registry up to 30 days after the child’s birth and will receive notice of your adoption plan.

If you decide to name the putative father(s), we will serve them with notice of the adoption plan. They then have 30 days to do one of the following:

  • Sign that they are in agreement with the adoption plan and waive their parental rights.
  • Do nothing for 30 days and have their parental rights automatically waived.
  • File a putative action in court and prove to a judge that they are a suitable placement for the child.

If you do not name the putative father(s), the adoption notice will be published in a local newspaper, once a week for three weeks. Putative father(s) have 30 days from the last publication to file a putative action in court and prove to a judge that they are a suitable placement for the child or have their parental rights automatically waived.

How involved can (or should) the father be?

Your child's father can be as involved (or uninvolved) as you want. You can ask him to attend meetings with you, help you choose an adoptive family, and support you through labor and delivery. We’ve created a list of resources that can help your baby’s father navigate this pregnancy with you.

If you don’t want him to be involved with you or your adoption plan, our team will take care of the legal matters for you. We’ll individually communicate with the putative father(s) regarding their rights and responsibilities.

How and when should I tell my family and friends about my adoption plan?

That’s a great question; it depends on your personality, your support system, and the level of openness you have with your loved ones. For more information, please read this blog on telling friends and family about your adoption plan.

Can I change my mind about placing my baby for adoption?

Yes. An expecting woman in Indiana can change her mind (and decide to parent the child) until 30 days after the baby is born.

Our goal is not to coerce a mom into placing their child. If they change their mind, we know it wasn’t meant to be for the baby and the adoptive parents.

May I spend time with the baby at the hospital? May the adoptive parents?

The amount of time you and the adoptive parents spend with the baby while in the hospital is 100% up to you. Some moms choose to meet their baby after delivery, while others feel it’s better if they do not. And some moms decide to spend time with baby and the adoptive parents while in the hospital, while others feel it’s best to maintain some distance and allow the adoptive parents to begin bonding with baby.

In most cases, the adoptive parents will have a room at the hospital and, depending on what options you choose, the baby would either stay with them entirely or spend time with both you and the adoptive parents.

It’s important to keep in mind that, whatever you decide, your hospital stay will likely be an emotional time. You’re transitioning the baby to the adoptive parents, recovering from childbirth, and beginning the “letting go” process of your adoption journey. Having a strong support system — our team, your loved ones, or both — will help you during this time.

When and where do I sign the adoption paperwork and make my decision final?

Most hospitals require women to wait 24 hours after a natural delivery and 48 hours after a C-section to sign consent forms. This gives you time to process your decision and allows any medication used during delivery to leave your system.

The adoption paperwork will be completed in your hospital room with our staff and the hospital social worker present, unless you choose to leave the hospital before the 24- or 48- hour mark. In that case, our team will work with you to arrange a time and place to complete the paperwork, likely at your home or our office, just after you discharge from the hospital.

Under Indiana law, consent is irrevocable unless a birth parent files a notice of intent to withdraw the consent in Court and prove to the Court that he/she is acting in the best interest of the child. If you’ve chosen adoption for your child, but you’re struggling with the emotional aftermath, you may benefit from our post-adoption support services.

For Adoptive Families

How much does it cost to adopt a child?

Many waiting families worry about the fees that go into home studies, background checks, and adoption finalization. But we cost a lot less than other adoption agencies while providing unparalleled support to expecting moms before and after they choose adoption.

Our adoptive family coordinator spends time explaining our fees and being transparent about where this money goes. It helps our nonprofit keep the doors open while we continue our social work with the hospitals, our expecting moms, and our community partners.

We also educate families on fundraising and provide grant information. The adoption tax credit may also be an option for them. With a little planning and support, it’s possible to afford and fundraise an adoption!

To request pricing for our Gifts of Grace Full-Service Adoption Program, our Self-Matching Adoption Program, or our assessment and placement services, please contact us.

How is your agency different from others?

Working with a small agency understandably makes adoptive parents anxious. Many families wonder if this will be a good investment of their time, energy, and money. But the support and care we offer expectant and adoptive parents make us worth your while!

Adoption is a hard wait, especially when Mom has the final say in her decision to raise the baby or choose adoption. We’re here to support adoptive families and walk them through the process (and the stress) of waiting to bring a baby home.

And we’re not just here for your money and a signature. Other agencies might just give you the mom’s phone number and make you wait for the call that a baby is ready for you. Instead, we assist with birth plans, placement, and mediation between expectant and adoptive parents while offering education and emotional support the entire time.

How do you support expecting moms?

Those moms deserve support, and we mean it when we say we’re here for them.

We provide adoption education, pregnancy support, hospital and placement support, post-adoption resources, and emotional support for moms as they go through their pregnancy, delivery, and adoption finalization.

How do you support adoptive parents?

We’re always emailing families to check in with them. The wait for a child is hard, but they can always call us to ask questions or just to talk. Sometimes, just having the reassurance that everything’s fine (and knowing the details) can help. We’re also here to provide resources if waiting families need them.

Our team loves being able to tell the families that we’ll be the ones to call them and be at the hospital when Mom goes into labor, and when adoptive families get to meet their baby for the first time. We’ll be there when Mom is signing her papers and when families sign their papers. Adoption doesn't have to be cold and detached; we’re here to provide warmth and hope.

What if Mom changes her mind and keeps her baby?

As much as we can support expecting mothers, build them up, and prepare them for placing their baby for adoption, it’s their decision in the end. An expecting woman in Indiana can change her mind (and decide to parent the child) until 30 days after the baby is born.

A lot of our families worry that they’ll never adopt (especially if they’ve been waiting a while). If they are matched with a mom, they’re terrified of failed or disruptive placements. The worst part of our job is delivering that news.

Some couples have experienced failed placement after failed placement, and they’re worried about how our process is going to work. No matter what happens in your adoption journey, we’ll walk with you and provide ongoing support.

Do you have in-house resources for adoptive parents?

Yes! Please visit this blog post for books, movies, and more that you can find in our Gifts of Grace library.

My adopted child is struggling with trauma, psychological, and/or behavioral issues. Where can I turn for help?

We’re sorry to hear you and your child are struggling. But counseling, support groups, and/or other opportunities can provide hope and healing. Please visit this blog post for helpful resources.

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We support our expecting moms and adoptive families every step of the way.