I am thinking about adoption. Can you help me with my decision?
Yes. We can answer your questions. You do not have to choose adoption just because you ask questions. We can answer your questions, listen to you, and help you with what you need.
Everlasting Adoptions can provide you with the information you will need. We give you choices and your options & families to choose from. We trust you will make the best decision for you and your baby. We will give you adoptions options, but the choice is yours.
How do I know the couple I choose will provide a good home for my family?
Everlasting Adoptions only works with licensed adoptive parents. This means that all of our families have been through what is called a “home study process.” This is where they are given physicals, background information is collected, their home is visited and their fingerprints even have to clear FBI for criminal background checks. They are also required to attend seminars to better understand the adoption process and how to raise a child that feels so special that they were adopted.
Can I choose the family that adopts my baby?
Yes, you can choose. You can look at couples “profiles”. These are booklets that give you a glimpse into their lives. They are filled with photos and a letter for you to read. You can talk to them and meet with them if you wish. We can help you figure out what you might be looking for in a couple, and possible questions to ask.
Will I have any contact with the couple I choose?
Yes, if this is what you want. If you do not want contact, we respect your decision. You can talk with them and meet with them. You choose the type of adoption you are comfortable with. Most expectant mothers choose to receive letters and pictures from the couple.
Will this adoption cost me anything?
There is no charge to you being an expectant mother. Adoptive parents are able to pay for legal fees and in most states can help with reasonable pregnancy-related expenses & medical bills that are not covered by insurance or public aid.
What if I live in another state?
Everlasting Adoptions works with expectant parents and adoptive parents throughout the United States.
Why choose adoption?
Women choose adoption for many different reasons. Listen to your heart in doing what will be best for your child. Only you can decide. You may be financially unable to support a child or if you are already raising children, unable to support another child. You may be at a place in your life where you are not emotionally ready to care for a new baby. We understand the difficult choices you have to make and are here to support you.
How can I be certain that the family I select for my child is a good family and will provide a safe home for him or her?
All of our families must be HOME STUDY APPROVED or in other words, become licensed to adopt. Extensive background checks are run on all of our adoptive families to make sure that they will provide a safe, stable and loving home for your baby. A licensed social worker will visit them in their home, run criminal and child abuse record checks on them, collect reference letters from their family and friends, and encourage them to complete educational courses about adoption and parenting. They will also have to prove financial stability and have a complete medical physical from their doctor. You can also get to know the family by asking questions about their lifestyle, values, morals and plans for raising your child.
You can get to know the family by emailing back and forth a few times at first. We feel this makes it a little easier and less awkward. We know that BOTH of you will be very nervous; this is NATURAL. You can then talk to them on the telephone by exchanging cell phone numbers, and then eventually, if you feel the desire to, you can actually meet them in person before actually delivering the baby at the hospital. If the adoptive parents are in another state, they can fly out to meet you at your convenience. Most of the time, you will email and talk on the phone before delivery, and they will actually meet you for the first time, at the hospital when you are about to deliver.
Can I choose to have an open or closed adoption with the family?
Your adoption plan is completely up to you. You can design an adoption plan that is most comfortable for you. Everlasting Adoptions provides you with a wide selection of loving families waiting to adopt. You can choose to meet the adoptive family and receive pictures and letters, or you may choose to have no contact with the family. Remember, there are many types of adoptions. You are able to hand select all of the options that fit your needs. We will guide you through every step of the way. We are all adoptive moms that work here, and we still talk to our own children’s expectant mother today!
Can my parents stop me from choosing adoption for my baby?
Adoption is your choice. This is your baby and you are the only one who will know if you can raise this baby. Your parents cannot stop you legally form creating an adoption plan.
Is this safe and legal?
Yes, adoption is safe and legal. The process is simple and confidential. All adoption laws are adhered to allowing you peace of mind that your adoption is safe, legal and ethical. All legal work is conducted by a qualified social worker. Everlasting Adoptions has completed many successful adoptions and is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. We are also listed with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). We also have parents and birthmothers that have used our services in the past. We encourage you to ask us for their contact info so you can personally talk to them yourself!
What if I go into labor? Can you work with me from the hospital?
Yes, we often receive calls from the hospital. We can have a family available for you within hours. The adoptive family will be able to take the baby home from the hospital, avoiding foster care. We have found that most birthmothers want to be sure that their baby can start bonding with their adoptive family right away. We are open for emergencies, on all weekends, holidays and through the night. We have families that can travel within a few hours nationwide.
What is my next step?
If you would like to learn more about your adoption options, please fill out the Expectant Mother Info Request Form. OR Call us at: 1-630-364-8361. We are here to help you.