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Free Adoption Counseling and Support Services

If you contact American Adoptions about potentially making an adoption plan for your baby, you’ll immediately be connected with an adoption specialist. This person will provide adoption counseling, services and support to help you determine whether adoption is really right for you — and, if it is, your adoption specialist will be your guide and advocate through every step of your adoption process.

But what exactly is an adoption specialist? What does an adoption counselor do? And what if you feel confident in your adoption decision — do you really need adoption counseling services?

Here, learn more about counseling for parents considering adoption, and discover how you can stay in touch with our confidential adoption counselors for free before, during and after your adoption.

What is an adoption counselor?

At American Adoptions, we refer to our adoption counselors as adoption specialists — because they provide much more than emotional counseling and support. When you initially call our agency at 1-800-ADOPTION, you’ll be connected with your own personal adoption specialist. He or she will work with you throughout your entire adoption journey. An adoption specialist is your champion, your educator and your advocate through every step of your adoption process.

What do adoption counselors do?

Your American Adoptions adoption specialist will walk you through each stage of the adoption process. It would be impossible to list all of the ways they can help, but a few key roles of an adoption counselor are:

  • An adoption specialist helps you to determine whether adoption is right for you. Not every woman who speaks with an adoption specialist at American Adoptions ultimately chooses adoption for her baby, and that’s completely okay. Adoption isn’t for everyone. Our adoption specialists provide counseling for those considering “giving a baby up” for adoption, even if they end up deciding on a different unplanned pregnancy option. If you are still unsure of your unplanned pregnancy options and which one is the right path for you, your adoption specialist will help you to work through your thoughts and emotions to determine which choice is the right one in your individual situation.  

  • An adoption specialist helps you to determine what kind of adoptive relationship you want. Many women who pursue adoption in the present day do so because it’s very different than it has been in the past. By choosing an open adoption (or a semi-open adoption), you will be able to have a relationship with your child as they grow up. You’ll never wonder how they’re doing, whether they’re happy, or whether they misunderstand your reasons for choosing adoption. An open adoption means you get to remain in your baby’s life and have a relationship with them that can evolve over time. Your adoption specialist will help you determine what you want your post-adoption relationship to look like and help you create a plan that makes that vision a reality.

  • An adoption specialist helps you to find the perfect adoptive family.  At American Adoptions, your adoption specialist will work with you to understand what you’re looking for in ideal adoptive parents for your child. She’ll help you consider factors like where you envision your baby growing up, whether you want your child to have siblings and more. Once she knows what you’re looking for, she’ll help you look through adoptive family profiles until you find the perfect fit.

  • An adoption specialist coordinates your adoption process. From arranging communication between you and your chosen adoptive family to arranging financial assistance for adoption, your adoption specialist will make sure that you’re taken care of throughout the entire adoption process. She will contact your attorneys to make sure all legal aspects of the adoption are handled, she will help you to navigate adoption financial assistance and learn what you are eligible for, and more.

  • An adoption specialist provides adoption counseling services. Adoption is not an emotionally easy process. If it’s something you decide to pursue for your child, it’s going to require a great deal of sacrifice on your part — and a great deal of grief as you mourn the loss of your child. This is why counseling for “giving a baby up” for adoption is so important. Your adoption specialist will work with you to process these emotions and to move forward in healthy ways.

How can I stay in contact with my adoption counselor?

In most cases, American Adoptions can provide you with several free cell phone options* to stay in touch with your adoption specialist and support system throughout the adoption process:

  • We may be able to provide you with a free cell phone for adoption for texting or calls at no cost to you.

  • We may be able to provide you with pre-paid phone cards.

  • We may be able to provide you with a separate cell phone for adoption if you need one to protect your privacy while you create your adoption plan.

  • We may be able to help you pay bills for your current cell phone service, which would allow you to keep your current phone and number, or help you find an affordable phone or data plan.

  • We may be able to help you turn your phone and/or service back on, which would allow you to keep your current phone and number.

Our adoption specialists are available 24/7, and it’s important to us that you can reach us on a reliable phone if you need anything at all. We also want to help you find a phone and service plan that you will be able to maintain and afford after your pregnancy.

You can reach your adoption specialist by calling or texting during the adoption process. Your privacy and confidentiality are important to us, and so we want to help you find the right method of contact and service plan for you. We know that some women are more comfortable with texting than calling and are happy to provide you with a cell phone for texting during adoption.

To learn more about how we can help you keep in touch with your adoption specialist and provide counseling for adoption throughout the process, reach out to us by calling 1-800-ADOPTION or requesting free adoption information.

*Disclaimer: 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.

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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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