Options Counseling for Expectant Parents
The decision to make an adoption plan for a child is never easy. Like the decision to parent a child, it takes courage and much love. The resources for professionals in this section explore various counseling options expectant parents have while pregnant and once their child is born, including State and local examples.
|Are You Pregnant and Thinking About Adoption?|
|Series Title:||Factsheets for Families|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2007 - 14 pages|
|Written for women and girls who are pregnant and considering placing their baby for adoption, this factsheet provides information about the adoption process, and it directs the reader to community and Internet resources. Information for fathers and for relatives is also provided. The factsheet walks the reader through the adoption process by discussing how an expectant parent can explore different options, make the adoption decision, place a baby through an agency or through an independent (private) adoption, select adoptive parents, and decide how much contact to have with the child after the adoption.|
Counseling Birth Parents
Wiley & Baden
Children's Bureau Express, 6(3), (2005)
Explains why prerelinquishment counseling for the birth mother can be helpful for her immediate adjustment and for preventing a disrupted life later.
|Open Adoption: Could Open Adoption be the Best Choice for You and Your Baby?|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway & the Office of Population Affairs
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|Year Published:||2011 - 20 pages|
|Provides definitions of terms and answers to questions pregnant women may have about open adoption. Legal concerns, the benefits of open adoption, and what to expect before and after the birth are discussed.|
State and local examples
Pregnancy Options Counseling: The Role of the Health Worker
California Family Health Counsel, Inc.
Discusses a training program available to caseworkers in California in how to help counsel a birth mother and/or expectant father through their options during a pregnancy and once the child is born.