How to Place Your Baby for Adoption as a Homeless Pregnant Woman
Being without a home is a difficult enough situation for someone to be in. If you’re homeless and pregnant, you’ve probably entered a whole new world of problems and stress. Not having a stable environment, food, access to medical care, and a safe place to sleep at night can be detrimental for mom and baby during pregnancy.
Adoption Choices of Kansas wants to make sure that you are taken care of during pregnancy, throughout your adoption journey and post placement. We will help you apply for assistance programs and find affordable housing, so you’ll be headed in a better direction even after giving birth.
Without access to a lot of information, you may not be sure of how even to begin the adoption process or what to do now, but we’re here to walk you through the process of how to place your baby for adoption as a homeless pregnant woman.
Contact Our Adoption Agency
The sooner you contact us, the better. Not just for the adoption process, but for you and your well-being. One of the first things we’ll do is schedule a meeting with one of our birth parent counselors and get you assigned to an adoption caseworker. We’ll work with you to apply for Medicaid and other assistance you may be qualified for. Getting you medical care, adequate food, and a safe and warm place to sleep are at the top of the priority list. We’re here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you have and get you the support you need.
When you work with Adoption Choices of Kansas as a soon-to-be birth mother, you don’t pay a penny, and expenses are covered until about six weeks after delivery. If you’re not in contact with the birth father, we can help you decide if you can still put your baby up for adoption.
Choose an Adoption Type
Part of the adoption process is picking what type of adoption you want. Your adoption caseworker will explain the different adoption types and help you decide which one is best for you and your situation. Open adoption is the most popular these days, with the majority of adoptions having some level of openness, but it’s not ideal for everyone.
Pick out an Adoptive Family
Regardless of the adoption type, you have the option of picking out a potential adoptive family. We’ll present you with as many families and individuals as it takes for you to find the one. You should feel confident in your decisions, and we want you to know your baby is going to a safe and loving family. Once you’ve picked an adoptive family, your assigned adoption caseworker will set up a call for you to meet them.
Create a Birth Plan
We’ll work with you to create a birth plan, so you’re ready as soon as the baby is. You have choices and can decide the type of birth, medications used, and who’s with you in the delivery room and at the hospital. If you don’t have a support system, your adoption caseworker will be with you at the hospital to advocate for you and provide support and comfort.
Depending on your agreement with the adoptive parents, you can get letters, cards, photos, and phone calls with updates. Our birth parent counselors will also be there for you for post-placement support and guidance.
If You’ve Already Given Birth
If you’ve already given birth and decided that parenting is no longer the best option for you, it’s not too late! You can still put your baby up for adoption, and you still have the option of creating an adoption plan and picking out the adoptive parents for your baby.
Alternatively, you may also fall under the Safe Haven Baby Law if your baby is under 72 hours old. Adoption choices of Kansas is a Safe Haven Baby dropoff point, and you can remain anonymous if you choose.
Choosing Adoption as a Homeless Pregnant Woman
If you’ve never been through a pregnancy before, it’s okay! We want to make sure the adoption journey is smooth and easy for you. An unplanned pregnancy can be extremely scary if you don’t have a stable home. Adoption as a homeless pregnant woman may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Adoption is a beautiful decision and allows you to give your baby a safe home with a loving family, and you can work towards getting things on a better track for yourself. It’s important to remember that you do have rights, and you are not alone.
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