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"Sometimes, everyone needs someone to talk to – especially women facing an unplanned pregnancy who are unsure of what to do next."

Finding yourself unexpectedly pregnant can feel like the end of the world. Your life will never be the same, and you’re suddenly faced with the biggest decision you’ll ever make. You have to choose between parenting, abortion or adoption, and you’ve only got nine months (or less) to do it. It’s a situation that would be stressful to anyone, and it can feel like you’re all alone in making it.

However, at American Adoptions, we’d like you to know that is absolutely not the case. As a 24-hour adoption agency with a 24-hour adoption hotline, we’re here to talk 24/7. Adoption is not a decision or a process that happens solely during business hours. And while your family and friends may mean well, it’s not likely that they’re well-versed in your options or able to remain neutral about the situation. For that reason, there will always be a listening ear on American Adoptions' 24-hour adoption hotline, 1-800-ADOPTION. Our national adoption hotline is available to women who are:

  • considering adoption and need help with their decision

  • unfamiliar with adoption and are looking for honest, unbiased information

  • currently pursuing adoption and just need someone to talk to throughout this process

In no way does calling 1-800-ADOPTION obligate you to pursue adoption — we are here to support you in your time of need and to explain the options available to you. Contacting our 24-hour adoption agency number does not put any pressure whatsoever on you.

If you do choose to pursue adoption, you will work with your own adoption specialist, who will provide you with the following 24/7 adoption info and services:

24/7 Adoption Agency Support During Pregnancy

Whether you’re still considering your options or you have started the adoption process, adoption and pregnancy concerns can come up at any time of the day or night. That’s why you’ll have 24-hour, free adoption agency support throughout your pregnancy with American Adoptions. You can reach a licensed adoption specialist at any time by calling our adoption hotline phone number, 1-800-ADOPTION.

Here are some of the types of support your adoption specialist can offer during your pregnancy:

Post-Birth Adoption Support

If you choose adoption for your baby, your journey won’t end with placement — and neither will American Adoptions’ support. This experience will continue to affect your life after the adoption, which is why your adoption specialist will always be available to:

In addition to your own adoption specialist, you will have access to Michelle Downard, a birth mother herself, who is available to provide post-adoption support at any time.

Receive Your Own Personalized Online Account

In addition to our 24-hour adoption helpline, another way American Adoptions may offer you adoption support and counseling is through your own online account. You will be given your own login name and password, which allows you to confidentially access your account at any time to:

  • complete information about the exact type of adoptive family you are looking for

  • complete information about yourself, your pregnancy and your background

  • watch videos and read articles about adoption questions and concerns you likely have

  • read our comprehensive manual for women considering adoption

  • and much more

Staying Connected with Your Adoption Specialist

To ensure you receive timely support throughout your adoption, in many cases our agency can help provide you a cell phone, phone and text services, and/or Internet access, if necessary.*

You may reach an adoption specialist at any time through: 

  • Phone Calls – You can call our open adoption hotline at any time to reach an adoption specialist, whether it is for something as simple as asking a question or as big as going into labor – we are always available. 

  • Text Messages – If you prefer texting instead of calling an adoption hotline number, your adoption specialist can reach you this way during your pregnancy.

  • Emails – Your adoption specialist is easy to reach by email to provide you continued adoption support.

  • Instant Messaging (IM), Online and Video Chats – If you prefer to stay connected through online adoption communication, we can reach you via services like G-Chat, MSN Messenger, Skype, Google Plus Hangout, etc.

  • Translators – We can even arrange for a translator to assist communicating during adoption. (Podemos arreglar que un traductor esta disponible para ayudarle con la comunicación a traves del proceso de la adopción.)

You may receive 24-hour adoption support through multiple types of communication throughout the adoption process, based on your personal preferences. And if and when you select an adoptive family, your adoption specialist will also help you establish contact with that family by phone, email or even in person.

*State, federal and local laws determine American Adoptions’ and an adoptive family’s ability to provide you with financial assistance and also determine how much financial assistance can be made available to you. Please talk to your adoption specialist to learn whether we can help cover your phone costs during your adoption process.

What’s the Adoption Hotline Number?

Our adoption hotline number is 1-800-ADOPTION (or 1-800-236-7846). You can call the adoption hotline for advice, information and support — no matter what time of day it is or where you’re at in your pregnancy or adoption process. The adoption hotline is free, confidential and does not commit you to the adoption process in any way.


As you can see, American Adoptions strives to offer you adoption support in a variety of ways throughout your pregnancy and beyond. It’s so important that an adoption professional offer 24-hour help for mothers giving babies up for adoption, and that’s exactly why we’ve opened our adoption hotline 24/7. There should never be a time when you can’t reach out to us for help processing your adoption decision.

Call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION or begin receiving support for your adoption here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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