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WHAT OUR PRACTICE STANDS FOR

• Every qualified prospective adoptive parent who wants to adopt a child to raise as their own and have the opportunity to do so;

• Every birth mother placing her baby in the home of her choice; and,

• Every child being adopted into a warm, loving and qualified home.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

We use an educational, interactive orientation process which includes videos, open communication, face-to-face meetings and counseling to prepare everyone for the successful completion of a legal adoption.  We find that the time spent in educating and preparing all parties involved in the adoption process and facilitating their mutual commitment to creating a successful adoption is well worth the
effort. It is, in fact, the key to our ability to serve the highest good of all concerned – the child, the birth mother and the adoptive parents.

In the course of our practice, we have uncovered the following principles which assist us in achieving a successful adoption. We use them as the foundation on which we build our practice.

Principles For A Birth Mother:

A Birth Mother has the right to:

• Obtain independent legal counsel before and during the adoption;

• Receive psychological counseling, as desired, before and during the adoption;

• Verify information supplied by the prospective adoptive parents;

• Live in a safe, healthful environment during pregnancy and recovery;

• Be cared for by a doctor and/or medical facility of her choice;

• Have the participation of the birth birth father, her parents, other relatives or friends at any stage of the adoption and during the birthing process;

• Be treated with kindness, dignity and understanding; and

• Reserve the right to withdraw from any adoption opportunity which she believes is not in her or her baby’s best interest.

Principles For Adoptive Parents:

Adoptive Parents have the right and responsibility to:

• Meet face-to-face with the birth mother and birth father, if he is available;

• Assess the birth mother’s or birth parents’ commitment to completing the adoption prior to making a decision to pursue any particular adoption opportunity;

• Ascertain, prior to the birth of the child, whether there has been substance abuse by the birth parents so they can evaluate the possible
risks of adopting a child who may have “special needs”;

• Enhance their relationship with the birth mother by being kept aware of her health status, financial needs, commitment level and other concerns;

• Recognize that they are emotionally and financially at risk and receive responsible and caring legal and psychological support, as needed, throughout the adoption process; and,

• Reserve the right to withdraw at any time from any adoption opportunity which they believe is not in their best interest.

Principles For A Child:

• Have his/her adoptive parents receive as much relevant health information as is available from the birth parents;

• Receive any information, including photographs and letters, which the biological parents entrust to the adoptive parents; and,

• Be informed whether the birth parents were willing to be contacted by the child upon his/her reaching the age of maturity.

NOTE: Since the adoptive parents and the birth mother are always accorded the right to decide on specifics of the adoption relationship, all of the principles listed above may not be present in every adoption.

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