Birth Parents Rights
You have the right to complete confidentiality
Placing a child for adoption is a private decision. Only you have the right to decide with whom this choice should be shared. Even if you are a minor, you have the right to complete confidentiality when considering adoption.
You have the right to know all your options
There are a number of options and alternatives to adoption available to you. You have the right to have all these options explained so that you can make an informed decision.
You have the right to be free from pressure
This is an important decision and you need to take the time to make it. You have the right to consider your choice without pressure from anyone including agency personnel, attorneys or prospective adoptive families. You maintain this right throughout your pregnancy and following the child’s birth.
You have the right to counseling
Consultations with a professional familiar with adoption issues is an important aspect of the decision making process. You have the right to counseling sessions with a trained professional during your pregnancy and following the birth of your child. In addition, adoption should be recognized as a life-long process with counseling available throughout.
You have the right to financial assistance
Medical and other pregnancy related expenses can be difficult to manage at this time. If you don’t have health insurance or aren’t eligible for Medicaid, your medical fees may be covered as part of an adoption plan. You have the right to request that the adoptive family assist you with medical or other living expenses during your pregnancy and recuperative period.
You have the right to select your child’s adoptive parents
It’s important that your child’s adoptive family is the right one for you and your baby. You have the right to choose that family from pre-screened applicants. If you want to meet a family, you have the right to do so. If you would like an open adoption with ongoing communication with the adoptive family; again, you have the right.
You have the right to a clear understanding of the legal process
The myriad of paperwork involved in adoption can be confusing. You have the right to take as much time as you need to review and familiarize yourself with all documents or seek legal assistance to advise you prior to finalizing your adoption. You have the right to keep copies of everything you sign.