Frequently Asked Questions

Having an unplanned pregnancy isn’t the end of the world, although it may feel like it right now. A young woman or couple in this situation faces some difficult decisions.  A Love Basket counselor is available to meet with you over a cup of coffee or soda and explore the various available options.  Feel free to contact us toll free at 1-888-568-2758 or view our Office Locations to locate a counselor in your state. Until then, here are answers to a few of the questions that a woman or couple experiencing an unintended pregnancy frequently ask:

How can an expectant parent making an adoption plan be certain their baby will be placed in a good home?

Our adoptive parents are carefully screened and professional social workers examine their background, their home, and their ability to be good parents. Expectant parents have the option to select the adoptive parents, meet them in person, and maintain contact with the adoptive family through the years to feel comfortable that their child is in a good home.

Does working with an adoption agency involve any fees for the expectant parents?

Our agency services are free of charge to expectant parents and all legal and medical fees will be paid by the adoptive family after the adoption takes place.

Is it selfish for an expectant parent to consider adoption?

Adoption is a gift of love in every way. Expectant parents who consider all their options for providing the best possible life for their child are showing that they are caring and mature individuals.  There are waiting families who long to be parents and are prepared to provide a loving and stable home for a child.   Expectant parents who choose to make an adoption plan for their child are making a decision that is loving and unselfish.

If an expectant parent works with an adoption agency toward making an adoption plan, can they still change their mind?

Meeting with or working with an adoption agency does not obligate an expectant parent to make an adoption plan for their child.  An expectant parent can change their mind and decide to parent their child during their pregnancy and after the birth of the child, up until the point that their parental rights are terminated by law.

What happens after the adoption?

Our birthparent counselors stay in touch with clients who have placed a baby for adoption for six months following the birth and placement of the child.  A counselor can assist the birth parent in dealing with their emotions of grief after the placement and to begin to focus their attention on their future goals. Some birth parents keep in contact with their birthparent counselor for years, always knowing there will be a caring voice on the other end of the phone if they need to talk.

How can anyone carry a baby for 9 months and then “give it away”?

That’s the toughest question to answer; and it’s not a simple answer either. It takes a lot of love and maturity to do something that will ultimately be very difficult. Many expectant parents who make an adoption plan find it rewarding to make a family’s dream of being parents come true.  Of course, the most important person in this situation is the child. Selecting a loving and stable adoptive family may provide the best future for a child.

Who selects the adoptive parents?

Expectant parents making an adoption plan are given a selection of profiles prepared by waiting adoptive families to review. These profiles include photos and information on each family’s home, income, marriage, religion, and favorite activities. Once a waiting couple is selected, the expectant parents can meet the future adoptive parents and develop a plan regarding what type of future contact they would like to share. An expectant parent can select, meet, and get to know their child’s future adoptive family!

Does a birth parent ever see their baby?

That depends on the preferences of each individual birthparent. Any expectant parent has the right to see and hold their newborn baby in the hospital if they wish, whether they are making an adoption plan or not. Birth parents can select and meet the adoptive parents who will raise their baby, and have them present at the hospital in a way that suits their comfort level. There are options available for the level of desired contact including closed, semi-open, and open adoption.  A closed adoption involves no contact with the child and adoptive family. A semi-open adoption involves contact such as exchanging letters and pictures through the agency or email and perhaps visits in person. Open adoption involves direct contact with the adoptive family through letters, emails, phone, or visits in person. Expectant parents are encouraged to discuss the level of contact they would like to share with their child and the adoptive parents in the future with their counselor. This allows the counselor to assist the birth parents in balancing the level of privacy they desire with the degree of contact they would like to share with the adoptive family.

How soon will the baby go home with his/her adoptive parents?

In most situations, the baby goes home from the hospital with the adoptive parents.  There are some areas in which court regulations or state laws require the family to wait until after a court hearing before they can take the baby home.  In these situations, the baby will be placed in an approved pre-adoptive home until they can legally go home with their adoptive parents. If an expectant parent feels they need more time to make an adoption plan, the baby can also be placed in a preadoptive home for a period of time to allow her to be certain of her decision.

What about the birthfather? Does he have rights?

Yes he does, and our birthparent counselors will be happy to talk with him, too. An expectant couple can work together on their adoption plan, or can meet separately with the counselor if they prefer.  If an expectant couple aren’t sure if they agree on an adoption plan, they are encouraged to communicate with their counselor and ask questions about their options.