Always Hope Adoption & Family Services

43120 Utica Rd., Ste 200, Sterling Heights, MI  48314
(586)580-3006

Always Hope Adoption & Family Services

43120 Utica Rd., Ste 200, Sterling Heights, MI  48314
(586)580-3006

If you are pregnant and not sure what to do, it is important that you understand that you have options. Below are a list of frequently asked questions. If you have other questions or concerns, or just want to speak with someone, please to not hesitate to contact us at (586) 580-3006 or email us at Tara@AlwaysHope.org
What type of help financially can I receive during and/or after my pregnancy?
In accordance with Michigan law, your expenses can be paid as follows: living
expenses (this can include rent, cell phone, clothing, food, etc.), medical, hospital,
nursing, and pharmaceutical expenses can be paid for you. These expenses can be
covered during your pregnancy and up to six weeks from the birth of your child. If you
have private insurance or Medicaid, then your medical expenses will be paid by those
carriers.
Do I have to pay anything to put my child up for adoption?
No. As the birthmother, all expenses for counseling and other services are paid for you.
I was doing some drugs and/or drinking before I knew I was pregnant, will anyone still want to adopt my baby?
If you find yourself pregnant, you should immediately stop all substance usage. Families
will be interested in adopting your child even if you have used substances, however,
you must be completely honest about the type, amount, and duration of usage. It takes
time to find the right family for your baby, but there are families out there eager to adopt
your baby.
My family doesn’t approve of adoption, do they have to be involved?
If you are over 18 years old, no, your family does not need to be involved in the
placement process. You can still proceed with the placement if your extended family
does not approve.
Do I get to choose the adoptive family that will adopt my child?
Yes. We have profiles that you can review of the adoptive families we have available to
adopt your child, that you think would be a good fit for your baby and you. You can
meet the adoptive parents if you like, and sometimes that adoptive family even go to
doctor appointments or talk on the telephone. It is up to you how much interaction you
would like with the adoptive family. After placement, a social worker will check in on the
family to do a post-placement report.
How are adoptive families screened?
Every adoptive family in our database has had a homestudy conducted by a licensed
social worker that evaluates that family based on factors such as character, lifestyle,
financial stability, medical history, and marital stability. A background check is also
completed to see if the adoptive family has a criminal record or had issues regarding
child abuse in their past.
How soon will my baby go to the adoptive family I have chosen?
Usually, the adoptive family will take the baby home from the hospital.
What if I do not know who the birthfather is?
If you do not know who the birthfather is, that is OK. You will be making all the adoption
decisions yourself.
I do know who the father is. Can I hide my pregnancy from him?
No. Birthfathers have legal rights when it comes to adoption. Speak with your social
worker and/or attorney to find out what steps need to be taken. He may need to
consent to the adoption if certain actions have taken place. It is very important to speak
to your social worker and attorney regarding this issue.
I was doing some drugs and/or drinking before I knew I was pregnant; will anyone still want to adopt my baby?
If you find yourself pregnant, you should immediately stop all substance usage. Families
will be interested in adopting your child even if you have used substances, however,
you must be completely honest about the type, amount, and duration of usage. It takes
time to find the right family for your baby, but there are families out there eager to adopt
your baby.
How do I know if adoption is right for my baby and me?
There are many reasons why women place their babies for adoption. Limited resources,
uncertain future, immaturity, and physical or psychological reasons are just to name a
few. You do not need to justify your reasons, but you should explore and undertstand
the outcomes. Adoption is a permanent, legal transfer of parental rights and
responsibility that should not be decided on a whim. It is important that you carefully
explore facts about adoption so you can make a fully informed decision that is best for
your baby and you. Our social worker will help guide you and counsel you during this
decision making process.

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