Adoption is a loving and life-giving decision.
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Note: Good Shepherd is continuing to serve the mission of adoption during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to provide help to expectant parents, birth parents, adoptive parents and all clients past and present.
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Our adoption worker will meet with you in your home, in the community, or wherever you are most comfortable.
Allow us to support by:
Helping you to explore options with information about adoption and parenting
Free adoption counseling
Supporting through decision making process and your emotional response during pregnancy and post delivery
Providing information about adoption, including how to navigate legal process and options for choosing and communicating with adoptive family.
Connect you to available resources and services
A professional and caring adoption worker will partner with you for a single counseling meeting, multiple meetings, and throughout the process, should you choose adoption. Our adoption worker’s main goal is to empower you by providing information and support.
We hope to create a safe space to learn and ask questions; a space where your voice is heard and your needs are considered. Choosing adoption is as loving a choice as choosing to parent; love is expressed in many ways and doing what is best for you and your baby is as much our goal as yours.
“A mother’s love for her child is like no other love. To be able to put that feeling aside because you want the best for your child is the most unselfish thing I know.” —Mary, birth mom
What is a birth mother?
A birth mother is a mother who chooses to give birth to her child and then place him or her with a family for adoption.
What does it mean to “make an adoption plan”?
It’s another way of saying to place a child for adoption. This typically happens with the help of a caseworker from an adoption agency. Often, he/she can help someone navigate through decisions like living arrangements, choosing a family, the birth father’s role, legal terminology and paperwork, delivery planning and hospital stay, openness agreement with adoptive family, and post-placement support.
Can a birth mother pick the family to parent her child?
Yes, birth parents can make a list of what they’re looking for in a family, from things like religion, race, and hometown to even things like personality traits.. Ultimately, the birth parent has the opportunity to choose the parents for their child. See our waiting families here.
Is there a cost involved with making an adoption plan?
No, making an adoption plan is free for birth parents.
Is choosing adoption giving up?
(FAQs adapted from BraveLove)
We are a trusted partner through Bravelove, an organization whose mission it is to change the perception of adoption through honest, informative, and hopeful communication that conveys the heroism and bravery a birth mother displays when she places her child with a loving family for adoption. To learn about Bravelove, visit www.bravelove.org.