As an adoption agency, our primary service for adoptive families is helping them find a birth mother to adopt from. We believe that there is a family for every child, and we are committed to helping those families and children find each other.
Here, learn more about the process to find an adoption opportunity with A Child’s Hope.
As a full-service, North Carolina-licensed adoption agency, A Child’s Hope offers comprehensive services to help hopeful parents locate infants available for adoption. We will walk you through each step of the process to find a birth mother to adopt from, including:
A Child’s Hope is an established agency with an extensive network of contacts in the medical, legal and counseling community. Through this network, our online and social media marketing efforts, and our comprehensive yellow pages advertising in North Carolina, we locate pregnant women who are considering adoption.
In addition, we have created a birth mother hotline, Spanish-speaking hotline and pregnancy help text line to make our services as accessible as possible to expectant mothers. We also have a Spanish version of our Facebook and provide pages in Spanish on our web site. These adoption advertising and marketing services help us increase the number of available adoption opportunities and limit adoptive families’ overall wait times.
After a woman considering adoption has found our agency through our marketing and advertising efforts, she will work closely with an adoption counselor to provide background information about herself and her baby. Her counselor will attend prenatal appointments with her and provide the counseling she needs to determine that adoption is truly the right choice for her. The counselor will help her anticipate the grief she will feel and help her create a birth plan that will
follow through with placement of her child.
Because our counselors are able to provide emotional support and adoption services to expectant mothers in person, we are better able to thoroughly screen prospective birth mothers and ensure they are committed to adoption before matching them with waiting families.
Our agency partners with My Adoption Advisor, a leading expert in adoption advertising and adoption profile design, to create beautiful, detailed and unique profiles for each of our waiting families. You will work directly with a profile artist from Our Chosen Child to choose a profile design and compile pictures and information about your family to be included in the profile.
In addition, this package also includes 5 online classes. Also your adoption artist will create an online version of your profile, complete with your own custom URL, to help advertise your family. You will also create social media pages, including a Facebook community page and Pinterest board for your adoption journey. These social media platforms allow you to update your family photos and give expectant mothers a glimpse into your day-to-day life.
For those families that are open to placement/match with an out-of-state birthmother, the Agency has partnered with Adoptomist, a nationwide directory which birthmothers search for adoptive families.
When an adoption opportunity becomes available and the expectant mother is ready to view waiting families’ profiles, A Child’s Hope will send out a detailed, non-identifying birth mother description to all of our waiting families. These descriptions are about three pages long and include detailed background information about the adoption opportunity, including:
You will be able to review the birth mother description and decide whether you think the adoption opportunity might be a good fit for your family. In most cases, you will have 24–72 hours to let your adoption counselor know whether you want your profile to be shown for an adoption opportunity.
Once an expectant mother has had a chance to review adoption profiles and choose a waiting family, her adoption counselor will schedule a match meeting with the adoptive parents. The match meeting typically occurs at a restaurant in the afternoon on a first-name basis, with the adoption counselor present to help facilitate communication and ensure everyone is comfortable.
The match meeting gives expectant parents and the adoptive family an opportunity to get to know one another better and see if the adoption opportunity might be a good fit. If the expectant mother wants to move forward, the family will officially be in a match, and their profile will not be shown for other adoption opportunities.
After your match meeting, you are encouraged to continue pre-placement contact with the expectant mother, if that is something she is comfortable with. This pre-placement contact can be mediated by your adoption counselor and may include phone calls, additional in-person visits, email exchanges, and more. The planned contact is written up in a formal written communication agreement so that there are no misunderstandings. Although by law North Carolina communication agreements are not legally enforceable, the Agency works hard to keep the communication lines open.
Pre-placement contact is strongly encouraged for a number of reasons.
Adoptive parents are usually nervous about the match meeting and continuing pre-placement contact, but your adoption counselor will be available to answer your questions, help you prepare for meetings, and provide suggestions for creating a strong relationship with the birth family. The adoption counselor also helps the birth mother prepare because she is also usually nervous and fears rejection.
Following placement, you may continue to keep in touch with your baby’s birth parents through open or semi-open adoption. Post-placement contact often includes picture and letter exchanges, emails, phone calls and in-person visits. Our adoption counselors will continue to be available to mediate this contact and help you navigate your relationship over time. Education on open adoption is offered through the agency at an annual seminar.
A Child’s Hope can provide the information you need to feel comfortable with the matching process, give you suggestions to minimize your adoption wait time, decrease your chance of an adoption disruption, and help you find the perfect adoption opportunity for your family.
As an adoption agency, our priority is helping every child find the perfect home. Our matching process is unique in that it offers families the following advantages:
If you would like more information on how to find a birth mother for private adoption, or if you need help starting the adoption process, contact us today to learn more about our adoption services.