“I’m pregnant and thinking of placing my baby for adoption”
Friends in Adoption (FIA) is a nonprofit newborn/infant adoption agency with offices in Castleton, VT, and Saratoga, NY. We are committed to providing ethical adoption services to individuals and couples within the United States. The goal of our staff is not to pressure a woman or couple into making an adoption plan. Rather, we seek to help pregnant women who live within the United States and are considering adoption to sort through feelings and options and support your informed decision. If you choose adoption for your baby, you, along with the prospective adoptive family, will be able to shape the plan to make it unique and personal — keeping the needs of the child as central.
“I am considering giving up my baby for adoption. Can I get free help from your adoption agency?”
Yes, if you are considering adoption for your baby and live within the United States Friends in Adoption can help with free resources, information, counseling, and living expenses as allowed by the law.
“I am not sure yet if adoption is right for me and my baby. For now all I need is to learn more about the adoption process. Is this okay?”
Friends in Adoption will never pressure you into making a decision. We will guide you about your options and the adoption process, but the final decision is yours to make.
“I am scared and confused. I want to do what’s best for me and my baby. Can Friends in Adoption help me?
We understand that considering an adoption plan for your unborn baby or already born child raises many questions and your choices may feel overwhelming. Our staff is here to be supportive, provide referrals to resources, answer your questions and guide you through your options. As you consider adoption, you have many choices.
We are here to support you before and after your baby is born, regardless of your decision.
FIA recognizes that privacy and confidentiality are often critical. If you are pregnant, live within the United States, and are considering adoption, our kind and experienced staff are available to support you 24 hours a day, and you can feel comfortable speaking honestly without fear of being judged. FIA offers free, face-to-face, local counseling services for you and your family, both prior to and after the placement of your child. FIA can refer you to free legal services and can offer help with medical and living expenses, as the law allows.
Pregnant women/expectant parents and birth parents are empowered through the adoption process. This means we provide information on all available options and support without pressure.
You have options.
Friends in Adoption Can Help!
Friends in Adoption works with pregnant women/couples in the United States and places children of all races. We welcome all families.
“I am pregnant and considering adoption.”
If you are pregnant, live within the United States, and are considering adoption we offer free guidance through your options. The final decision is yours to make. Our staff is supportive and kind. They will provide referrals to resources and answer your questions without any pressure or judgement. If you are facing an urgent situation, we are always here for you.
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Adoption is not giving up on a child.
It’s a selfless act of love for the child.
One of the questions that we often hear from women facing an unplanned pregnancy is “how do I give my baby up for adoption?” When an expectant mother is considering adoption for her baby, it is much more than just how to “give baby up for adoption“. It means making an adoption plan for her child, and it means a lot of courage and incredible sacrifice on her part. By reading and selecting approved adoptive family profiles, expectant parents considering adoption for their baby are able to review potential adoptive parents who are ready, willing and able to adopt a baby. By selecting a family, the pregnant woman/couple is in control of who will adopt the baby. She is not “giving up her baby”, she is choosing a life she dreams for her baby.
If you plan to leave your baby at a Safe Haven location, please consider first calling Friends in Adoption to hear about all of your options, so you can make an informed decision. Adoption is about finding forever families for children!
Friends in Adoption (FIA) is a compassionate adoption agency.
We are a not-for-profit, licensed newborn/infant adoption agency providing adoption services in the U.S.A. since 1982.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
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... Read More
Q: Is FIA a licensed and not-for-profit adoption agency? A: Yes, FIA is a not-for-profit adoption agency licensed in Vermont and Rhode Island; a New York State authorized agency and approved in Connecticut…... Read More
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... Read More
Q: What is FIA's approach to adoption? A: FIA believes and practices compassionate adoption, meeting the unique needs of EVERYONE involved in the process. FIA views adoption as a TEAM effort with all parties... Read More
What is it really like to decide on adoption, look through parent profiles to choose a family, and place your child in their arms—and how can the adoption process better serve these women? Article –... Read More
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... Read More
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,... Read More