Have you been wondering which adoption agency is right for me? You’re not alone. Many women who are searching for adoption information wonder how to choose a good domestic adoption agency that offers support for women facing an unwanted pregnancy as well as adoption services. There are some important factors to take into consideration concerning how an adoption agency might support you in the process. There are many private adoption agencies out there, and if you are unable to get recommendations from friends or family, you want to make sure that you work with an agency in good standing. Here are a few things to consider when you’re choosing an adoption agency to contact.
No Pressure to Choose Adoption
You’re about to make a big decision and the people helping you should be doing so without making you feel pressured, rushed, confused, or uncomfortable. From the very first moment you call Open Arms Adoption, our friendly staff will answer all of your questions without judgment or pressure. We can even set up an in-person meeting at a location that is convenient and comfortable for you. If you don’t choose adoption, that’s okay. We support every woman’s choice whether that choice is adoption or not.
Choosing a Local Adoption Agency
Choosing a smaller, local adoption agency is great because of the personalized attention you will receive. But choosing a single-location adoption agency could add limits to your adoption journey. At Open Arms Adoption, we have several locations located throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. Having a network of locations within a single agency allows us to serve birthmothers better and offer full support services to make sure you get the personalized attention that you need. More locations mean more resources, more waiting families, and more staff to assist you.
Some larger national agencies tend to offer counseling only virtually, or with counselors that don’t actually have a large amount of adoption experience. They may not offer all adoption services and hire staff on occasion when necessary, so they do not bring the same level of experience. They may just help with placement services, legal services or different pieces of the adoption process. Open Arms Adoption is a full-service domestic infant adoption agency, and since we are licensed in one specific area, all of our counselors are social workers and adoption professionals who are trained and ready to work with you throughout this process. Our counselors are fully knowledgeable in every aspect of domestic adoption, such as state laws, birth father rights, and they are here to support you from beginning to end.
Choosing the right family to adopt your baby can be a difficult task. When choosing an adoption agency, be sure the waiting families match the criteria that are important to you. At Open Arms Adoption, we have two-parent families, LGBT couples, and single parents waiting to adopt. Our families span a wide range of backgrounds and lifestyles. If choosing a family is too difficult, Open Arms can help by choosing for you based on your preferences. Different agencies will have different views and policies concerning waiting families. Also, since Open Arms is licensed in 4 states, we work with prospective adoptive parents in all of them. Make sure the adoption agency you choose has the types of families you are looking for.
Types of Adoption to Choose From
There are several options when it comes to the type of adoptions available . When looking for an adoption agency, choose one that offers the type of adoption you are looking for. It may be best to find an agency that offers (you the choice to decide whether you want an open, semi-open, or closed adoption) all three types of adoption. At Open Arms Adoption, we can help with open, semi-open, and confidential adoptions. Offering many adoption options means we can also help you if you change your mind later about the type of adoption you want, and you want to change the level of contact that you have with the adoptive family.
Ways We Can Offer Adoption Support
Adoption should not be limited by time. Whether you are currently pregnant or are struggling to raise a baby or toddler at home, the adoption agency you choose should be able to help you at the time you need it. At Open Arms Adoption, our counselors will meet with expectant parents and new mothers with professionalism, and offer you non-biased counseling with honesty, compassion and integrity. Since we are a local adoption agency, we are able to meet with you, face-to-face throughout your pregnancy, if you like. Some women prefer ore guidance from their adoption counselor and would like to meet several times, and this option is completely available to you. Should you prefer to meet virtually, that is fine too. These are your decisions and we are here to support you.
We are available to offer adoption information or start the adoption process at any point during your pregnancy. If you aren’t sure about adoption right now, that’s okay. Keep our website bookmarked in case you need us in the future. We’ll still be here 24/7 and able to help.
Post-Pregnancy Counseling Services
Adoption is a life-altering choice. When determining which adoption agency is right for you, you will want one that offers ongoing support. Whether it’s counseling from our adoption experts, support from other birth mothers , or the useful resources available on our website, at Open Arms Adoption, we know your adoption journey isn’t over after the final paperwork has been signed. Birth Parents are welcome to call us any time during or after the adoption process. We are here to support you for as long as you want or need.
We may also be able to reimburse you financially for pregnancy-related expenses, housing or lost wages. Your counselor will discuss this option with you with full transparency so you never need to feel as though you aren’t getting all of the information.
When it comes to choosing an adoption agency , there are a lot of factors to consider. As you are researching, look at these important aspects and see how other agencies compare to Open Arms. You’ll find that we offer the most choices and flexibility, have the locations and staff to serve your needs, and can support you for years to come. Call Open Arms Adoption today to inquire or start your adoption journey.