Can you help me if I’m considering adoption?
Yes, we can answer all your questions. There is no obligation if you call and talk to us. We are here to get to know you and to help you evaluate all your options and to listen to all your concerns.
For more information, please contact us 412-945-7670 ext. 1 or text us at 412-501-3191.
Do I have to have my mind made up before talking to an adoption professional?
No, you do not have to make up your mind before speaking with a counselor or adoption professional. It is actually best to talk with someone throughout your decision-making process, so you can gather information about all of your options in order to make the best decision for you and your baby.
At MAYA Organization, we provide counseling to help with your decision-making and the adoption process. We also have past birth mothers you can talk to. They will be able to tell you about their adoption experiences.
There is no obligation when you talk to us. We just want you to have all the facts and feel comfortable with your decision.
Why do parents choose adoption?
The reasons why a woman may choose adoption for her baby vary. She may not be able to financially support her baby or may feel she cannot emotionally support a baby at this time. Some women realize their situations are unfavorable for a child to be raised in. Any reason you may have for considering adoption is valid. We know this is a difficult choice, and that you will consider all of your circumstances to do what is best for you and your baby.
What is an open adoption?
In an open adoption, the birth parent— not the adoption facilitator or an adoption agency – chooses the adoptive family. You are able to choose the amount of contact you want. Some birth parents want letters and photos, while others don’t want any contact. Unlike larger agencies, the staff at MAYA Organization knows each adoptive family on a personal level. They visit our office several times. We also meet them at their homes to conduct home studies to make sure they are a good fit for our adoption process.
What is a confidential or closed adoption?
A confidential adoption is often referred to as a closed adoption. With a confidential adoption, there is usually no contact between the birth parents and adoptive parents before or after the child is placed for adoption.
Birth parents might choose a confidential adoption for different reasons. It is sometimes emotionally easier for birth parents to have no contact with the child after he or she is born. Some birth mothers keep the pregnancy a secret and don’t want anyone to know about the child. Some feel they would have closure after the child is placed for adoption if there is no contact between them and the adoptive family.
I would like to talk to someone who has made an adoption plan for their child. Do you have birth parents that are willing to talk to me?
We have several birth mothers who are willing to talk to you about their experience and what you should expect during the adoption process. They are a great source of support for you because they know exactly what emotions you are feeling.
How are adoptive families screened?
We know you want the best for your baby, and so do we. All families must complete a home study. Professionals from MAYA Organization conduct home studies, so we get to know each family personally. A home study includes a background check, which includes criminal and child abuse background checks, as well as checking whether they are financially, medically and mentally stable.
How do I choose an adoptive family?
We have a number of family profiles that you can view. When you find a family or families that you feel comfortable with, we will set up a meeting with the potential family, so you can meet them and get to know them better.
I don’t think I can choose a family. Can you still help me?
Yes, we can choose a family for you, if you prefer.
Is adoption safe and legal?
Yes, placing your baby for adoption is safe and legal. We highly recommend using a local agency. It is important for birth parents to meet their adoption counselor(s) face to face. The process is normally simple and confidential.
MAYA Organization is a licensed adoption agency through the state of Pennsylvania, and we follow all adoption laws. This allows you to know that your adoption is legal, ethical, and safe.
Are there any costs to me?
There are not any costs to you. Adoptive parents pay for legal fees, medical bills not covered by insurance, consulting and counseling fees, and any reasonable pregnancy-related expenses.
Is it selfish to consider adoption?
No, adoption may be one of the most loving decisions you can ever make for your child. It takes a lot of maturity to understand that raising a child is more than you can handle right now. Adoption means you want more for your child, and placing their needs above your own. Adoption is very unselfish.
What if I go into labor? Can you work with me from the hospital?
Yes. We will be with you every step of the way. We will be available as much (or as little) as you would like us to be.
I don’t want to be alone during labor and delivery. Will the agency and adoptive parents be there?
We will assist you in creating a hospital plan so YOU can make all the decisions for you and your baby prior to going to the hospital. We will be there and make sure the adoptive parents are there, if that is what YOU want.
We can also assist you in connecting with a birth doula. A birth doula is a trained labor coach who assists you during labor and delivery. She provides you with continuous emotional support, as well as assistance with other non-medical aspects of your care.
What if I do not know who the father of the baby is?
Many birthmothers do not know who the father of the baby is or how to locate him. This is okay; you are not alone. It is important that you are honest about the possible birth father, so your adoption plan is safe.
Do I have to include the birthfather in the adoption plan?
If the birth father does not want to participate in the adoption or is not supportive, he does not need to be included in the adoption plan. He will need to be notified of the adoption. We can still complete your adoption plan if he chooses not to sign the consent or be involved.
If I have more questions that were not answered here, how do I get more information?
Call 412-945-6760 extension 1, to speak to one of our adoption counselors. We will answer all your questions without any pressure or passing judgment. We are here to help you with any questions you may have while you explore adoption as an option.
You may also contact us by email or text for more information regarding your adoption options. Text 412-501-3191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I already signed with an agency…but I don’t feel comfortable with them now. Am I legally obligated to place my baby through that agency?
The simple answer is no. You always have the right to parent or choose to go to another agency, especially if something doesn’t feel right. I would encourage all parents who are considering adoption to “trust your gut”, when it comes to choosing an agency. However, you can not work with more than one agency at a time or be matched with more than one family.