If you are considering adoption for your toddler or older child, you may be facing significant challenges that make you feel like you do not have control over your situation.
But the truth is it takes a strong person and a great mother to put her child’s needs before her own. And by putting a child up for adoption, you are doing exactly that — taking control of your situation and providing your child with the type of life you want him or her to have, no matter how difficult it is for you.
With A Child’s Hope, you can take control of your life and make a proactive plan for your child to have a wonderful life.
The Process of Putting an Older Child UP for Adoption
Choosing adoption is selfless and loving. Whether you are considering putting a toddler up for adoption or placing an older child for adoption, you deserve respect and support during this difficult time. We have locations across the state from Raleigh to Asheville. You will work with one of our seven adoption counselors located throughout the state of North Carolina to get the services and support you need.
With your adoption counselor, you will:
- Consider your options and decide whether you wish to parent or put your child up for adoption
- Inform your child’s father of your adoption plan and obtain his relinquishments
- Provide important information about your child and his or her interests
- Find the perfect adoptive family for your child
- Meet the adoptive parents with your child to ensure they are a good fit
- Emotionally prepare yourself and your child for placement
- Slowly transition your child to the adoptive family over time
- Set up a plan for future contact with the adoptive parents and your child
We are committed to helping every woman who contacts our agency make the best possible decisions for herself and her child. With A Child’s Hope:
- It is never too late. We believe it is never too late to do what you think is best for yourself and your child. Whether your child eight months old or eight years old, you can contact our agency at any time to begin making an adoption plan. By choosing adoption, you can take control of your life and your child’s future.
- You are always in control of your adoption plan. You will make many important decisions throughout the adoption process. You will choose the type of family you want for your child, the type of post-adoption relationship you want to have with the adoptive family, and more. You can also change or discontinue your adoption plan any time before legally consenting to the adoption.
- You are entitled to free adoption services. Our adoption services are always provided at no cost to you. Your legal and counseling costs will be covered, and our adoption counselors will work with you to ensure you have access to the resources you need to keep yourself and your child safe and healthy.
- There is a family for every child. A Child’s Hope is fortunate to have a network of more than 300 past placed families, many of whom are open to adopting an older child. We have helped women make adoption plans for children as old as 8 years old.
- You can stay in touch with your child. Adoption is not the end of your relationship with your child — it is just the beginning. If you choose an open or semi-open adoption, you can remain an important part of your child’s life for years to come.
I want to put my child up for adoption. What’s next?
The first step is to contact A Child’s Hope for more information about putting up your child for adoption. An adoption counselor will reach out to you to learn more about your circumstances and provide information about how to put your child up for adoption.
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Adoption Counselor/Homestudy Supervisor - Triangle
As an adoptive parent I truly have a passion for adoption. There is no greater joy than helping to create a family! I love this job and I love working with adoptive parents as well as the birth parents. When it all comes together it is an awesome experience! Kelly is a graduate of NC State University where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work. She also received her Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Kelly has been working with children, families, in the home and in communities for 18 years. Kelly has been working with birth mothers and adoptive parents for the last 5 years. Besides working, she has a great husband and three fabulous children, Landon, Parker and Ansley. Kelly and her husband adopted their daughter with the help of ACH and feels as though her personal experience helps her relate to other adoptive families.
Sloane completed her undergraduate degree in Human Services Counseling at Old Dominion University and holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Sloane has been working with children, birth mothers and adopting families for more than 10 years. She loves advocating for children and helping women during pregnancy.
Lakisha completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare at Winston-Salem State University. She received her Master of Social Work from Syracuse University. Lakisha has worked with children, individuals and families for more than 12 years. Her experience includes working with at-risk youth, homeless children and families, child mental health, as well as school social work and case management. She is also a long-time basketball fan, a former player and coach. She played at Winston-Salem State University and coached women’s basketball at Elon University and Syracuse University. Lakisha and her husband reside in Alamance County, with their young son.
Jess completed her undergraduate degree in Communication at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College. Her professional experience includes case management, education, women’s behavioral health including a focus on pregnant mothers, and working with kinship and domestic adoptive families who have experienced trauma. Jess is a native of central Pennsylvania though loves living in Asheville with her significant other. When she is not working, she is likely caring for her puppy and dog, painting, practicing yoga, camping or planning her next road trip to see family and friends or have an adventure in some new place!
Sylvia is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work. She also received her Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina. Sylvia has been working with children and families for more than 19 years. She enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and three boys. She also loves animals, especially her dog Jazzy.
Nicole completed her undergraduate studies at Chowan University in Psychology with a concentration in Alcohol & Drug Studies and a minor in Criminal Justice. Nicole has provided services to adolescents, teens, college students, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Parole and Probation, the NC Division of Motor Vehicles, the Division of Transportation, and the Department of Defense. She is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor and has been working in the mental health field for 15 years.
Suzanne was the primary pregnancy care manager stationed at Duke high-risk perinatal clinic for 20 years. She has a BS in Social Work at UNC Pembroke and is a licensed School Social Worker. She recently worked as a case manager in a substance abuse disorder residential program for women with young children. Suzanne is a “Durhamite” but has resided in Wake County since graduating. Her biggest accomplishment has been happily raising her 14 yo daughter and 3 poodle mixed pups.