The Birthparent’s Rights and Responsibilities

Either prospective adoptive parents (through the adoption agency) or the adoption agency may pay some expenses related to pregnancy, such as medical costs, as well as reasonable and necessary living and maternity expenses incurred during pregnancy.

Adoption professionals and prospective adoptive parents are concerned about the health and well being of the birthmother and baby. Most will go to great lengths to assure that the birthmother receives excellent, consistent medical care, including providing transportation to her appointments. The adoption professional also provides free counseling-particularly important at this time-for the birth parents.

The birthmother retains absolute right to custody of the baby until birth. The birthmother can sign Consents for Adoption at 48 hours after the child is born. Once the baby is born and the birthmother signs legal documents placing the child for adoption, the adoptive parents may assume temporary custody pending final approval and legal processing through the court.

Making an adoption plan for a child is one of the most important decisions that a person will ever make. Contacting an adoption professional as early in the pregnancy as possible to discuss all options can substantially ease that decision.

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