"How do I give up my baby for adoption?" is a very common question we hear. — Adoption is not giving up on a child. Adoption is a selfless act of love for the child. Read more in our FAQs.
Q: I don't know anything about open adoption. Can you tell me about it? A: Open adoption enables communication between expectant/birth parents and adoptive birth parents before and/or after placement of a child with the adoptive family. Open adoption may include sharing information, letters, emails, calls, texts, and or face-to face visits. . . .
Q: What's the difference between Open Adoption and Closed Adoption? A: Open Adoption vs Closed Adoption means, among many other factors, that there are different levels of post-adoption contact. In open adoption, there is an ongoing direct relationship between the child and the birth family. . . .
Q: Are all adoptions that Friends in Adoption (FIA) handles open adoption? A: No, the type of post-adoption contact varies depending on the birth parents and adoptive parents that are involved. For example, if you call our toll-free number and...
Q: I am afraid of being judged . . . if I call your agency, what can I expect? A: At FIA, we pledge to not judge you! No matter your circumstance, we are here to listen and not judge. We know it’s hard to talk about personal issues with a stranger, but sometimes it is easier than to talk with people who are trying to influence you to do a certain thing. ...
Q: What services do you provide, and how much does it cost? A: All of FIA’s services are completely free for any person or couple who is considering making an adoption plan for their unborn child and/or already born children. These free services include . . .
Q: Am I too far along to make an adoption plan? What if my baby has already been born? A: You can make an adoption plan at any time during your pregnancy. If your baby has already been born . . .
Q: If I decide to place my child for adoption, do I have my own attorney or would the agency's attorney advise me? A: You would have your own attorney who is a qualified adoption attorney, and that attorney would be free for you . . .
Q: What if I am still not sure of my decision but want to talk with someone? A: It’s completely okay if you are not sure of your decision. If you would like to talk with someone on the phone, via video chat, or even in person, there is no pressure . . .
Q: If I eventually decide on adoption, what would be the next step? A: When (and if) you are ready to move forward in making an adoption plan, FIA will connect you with an experienced staff member who will walk you through the details of making an adoption plan that feels right for you and your child . . .
Q: I think I would like a closed adoption. Can FIA help me? A: Yes! Friends in Adoption (FIA) strongly respects the birth parents’ wishes regarding whether or not there will be post-adoption contact with the adoptive family. FIA takes a person’s right to privacy very seriously and takes measures to assure all adoptions are done in a respectful and compassionate manner. . . .
Q: How do I know the family I choose will provide a safe and stable home for my child? A: Friends in Adoption (FIA) is a small agency that prides itself on REALLY knowing each and every one of our prospective adoptive families. Unlike many...
Q: "How do adopted children feel about their birth parents?" - Anne A: "This perspective was written by an adoptee (who was 13 at the time) about her birth mother Ellen. I admire my birth mother, Ellen, for her heroic characteristics. She has done so many...
Q: "What was it like to give up your baby? Did you get to see him/her? At any stage, did you feel any guilt or selfishness?" A: "Placing my child for adoption was a decision I had thought about a lot while I was pregnant and I knew that's what I wanted for my baby. I was unable to give him or her all that they needed. I was lucky and got to meet the adoptive parents that I...
I heard that you can get help with your living expenses while you're pregnant. I'm not sure if its through the adopting parents or the agency. Any information?
I have decided to place my baby for adoption. Is there anything I can do to make this a little easier for both me and my 2 year old daughter?
Hi, I am 19 years old, and I am pregnant with my first baby girl and I am due very soon. I am very scared because I am not sure what to do. I am considering adoption, but my family and friends are not.
If I eventually decide on adoption, what will be the next step?