Curious about adoption?

Every adoption is unique, just as every birth parent is unique. New Life can work with you at any stage of your pregnancy, even if your baby is already born, to help you make an adoption plan.

As a pregnancy care center and licensed adoption agency, New Life Family Services operates from a two-worker model. This means that we have one team of social workers that works with those considering placing their child for adoption and another team that works with families pursuing adoption. Our two separate teams of social workers enable us to provide professional, confidential and unbiased support to both birth parents and adoptive parents.

It’s your choice

At New Life Family Services, you won’t find anyone judging you or telling you what to decide if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy. We’re here to provide you with free pregnancy testing, medically accurate information, and resources about your options if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy. We are here to help you weigh the pros and cons of all of your pregnancy options and ultimately make a decision that you feel confident about. We can work with you at any point during your pregnancy or after regardless of what you decide. We are here to help without pressure or judgment.

If you choose adoption, we are here to walk you through the adoption process, help you choose an adoptive family and support you through the pregnancy and after baby is born.  This includes helping you plan for the hospital time and birth experience, sorting through your emotions, and helping you talk about your adoption decision with your family or children that you may already be parenting.  You may have a lot of ideas or questions about your adoption plan, or you may feel like you don’t know where to start. We understand that every birth parent is unique and has varying thoughts on the adoption plan as well as different needs from their agency. As a licensed adoption agency in the state of Minnesota, we will assist you in working through your own unique adoption plan from start to finish.

Making an adoption plan may include exploring the levels of openness such as choosing a family, planning for the hospital time and birth experience, post-adoption emotions and helping you talk about your adoption decision with children that you may already be parenting.

If you choose to parent, your Expectant Parent Social Worker will help you develop a parenting plan that will address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs for you and your child. Sessions on parenting may explore budgeting, emotional needs of children, community resources, financial assistance, and building a support team for yourself and your child. If you choose parenting, we can offer our Parenting Plus educational program to help you learn more about parenting and receive needed baby items such as clothing, diapers, wipes and some new equipment as well as information about additional community resources available to you .

Steps involved in making an adoption plan

Provide Medical and Social Information

During one of your sessions, you will receive a packet of information to complete about you and your family’s medical history. This packet will be given directly to the adoptive family that you have chosen. It does not contain any identifying information, but it does provide the family with an extensive medical history that can be used to provide future medical care for your child and is a form that is used statewide for adoption.

Choose an Adoptive Family

You have the opportunity to choose an adoptive family based on what is most important to you. Part of this process involves discussing with your social worker the level of openness you would like to maintain with your child and the adoptive family. You can then view profiles of adoptive families that fit what you are looking for in a family. A profile is a booklet of information about the adoptive family that contains a letter written by them, a summary of their home life and pictures of the adoptive parents, their families, and their life. New Life Family Services has specific criteria for every adoptive family completing an adoption through our agency. Learn more about these criteria, and the process of adoption for an adoptive family.

Meet the Adoptive Family

After you have had a chance to look through the adoptive family profiles, you can choose a family that you would like to meet. During the Face-to-Face meeting, you will have the opportunity to ask the family questions as you spend some time getting to know them in person. After the first Face-to-Face meeting, you may want to have additional meetings with the family to help you decide if this is the right family for you and your child or to get to know one another better.

Prepare for the Hospital and Birth Experience

We recognize that this time can be difficult and you may want some privacy as well. We are here to help you navigate what that looks like for you. Your Expectant Parent Social Worker can help you prepare for your hospital time and the birth experience. This can include assisting you in developing a written plan about your options such as who you want present at the time of birth, and other important details. You may also choose to have an entrustment ceremony, which is a special time set aside to honor the decision that you are making for this child, and gives you an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of this decision for your child.

Choose Fos/Adopt or Interim Care

As a birth parent, you can choose to have your child go home from the hospital with the adoptive family (which is called a Fos/Adopt placement) or you may decide on interim care for your child, until you are ready to make a final plan. In Minnesota, you cannot sign any final adoption papers until at least 72 hours after delivery; therefore, you will need to complete some necessary paperwork at the hospital granting your permission for either the adoptive family or the interim care family to provide care for your child until your final adoption papers are signed.

Finalize Your Decision

To continue your adoption plan, you are required by Minnesota law to sign final adoption papers consenting to the adoption. This can be done at one of our offices and takes place at least 72 hours after birth, with most birth parents taking this step within a month of the birth. Learn more about your legal rights as a birth parent.

After you have placed…

After the birth of your child, you can continue to meet with your Expectant Parent Social Worker for grief support in addition to individual sessions with your social worker. You will also be invited to our Annual Birth Mother Dinner, which is held the Friday night before Mother’s Day.

For more information about our post-adoption services, click here.

About New Life Family Services

At New Life Family Services, we compassionately open our doors and our hearts to women and men who believe abortion is the “only” solution to an unplanned pregnancy. Through practical and spiritual counsel, we provide education and support with the hope each client will make a life-affirming decision for their unborn child.

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