Looking for Adoptive Parents
Looking for Adoptive Parents
An open letter to Birth Mothers from Our Firm
I have practiced adoption law for nearly 20 years now. Helping birth mothers find a loving family and home for their child is the most emotionally satisfying part of my legal practice. In 2005, I was awarded the U.S. Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award for my involvement in almost 2000 adoption matters. I am fully aware of the trust and confidence birth mothers put in me every day and I have been committed to helping each mother find the right adoptive parents for their baby.
If you’re a soon-to-be mother dealing with pregnancy and unsure what to do, I am here to help you look at all of your options, including an open or closed adoption with the new family. My staff and I are available every day, all day. Please call us collect at (614) 241-2181.
How We Can Help
We are a private adoption law practice, meaning adoption is done your way with personalized attention by qualified professionals. My staff and I love what we do and are here to ease the burden that prospective birth mothers may experience. You can count on us for the following:
- You, the prospective birth parent, will be working with a person, not a bureaucratic organization or agency.
- We are available to each birthmother 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Everything is strictly confidential.
- If you desire, we can help you find the right adoptive parents or family for your child. Each of our prospective adoptive parents are screened by my office and investigated and pre-approved through a home study by the Probate Court.
- We can design your adoption plan so that it is just right for you. It can be an open adoption with open exchanges of information, pictures, letters, and even phone calls with the child and family. It can be open or closed…or just about anything in between.
- We can arrange for your medical care during pregnancy and ensure you give birth at the hospital you and your doctor would like.
Reasons to Consider Adoption
Unexpected pregnancy can feel overwhelming. If you’re looking for solutions, our staff would love to help you understand your options as a birthmother and help you determine the best one for you and your baby following pregnancy and birth.
Birthmothers look for a family to adopt their child for a variety of reasons. Whether a birth mother doesn’t feel they can give their baby the upbringing it deserves, the birth mother is not ready to be a mother, or the birth mother is looking into adoption for another reason, adoption can be a great way to ensure the baby is raised in a home with a family or adoptive parents who will look after and love the child.
Every birth mother has a range of adoption options. The birth mother can choose an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption. Open adoption allows the birth mother to continue to be in the child’s life, while closed doesn’t. We can also help the birth mother choose which family will adopt their baby.
Additionally, our team can arrange for the medical care of the birth mother during pregnancy as well as the hospital the birth mother would like included in her birth plan.
Open Adoption vs. Closed Adoption
As the birth mother, you can decide whether or not you want a relationship with your baby following pregnancy, birth and adoption. Every birth mother can select open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption. Open, semi and closed each provide benefits for the birth mother, adoptive families, and the child.
Open adoption allows for the birth mother to have a relationship with their child following pregnancy, birth and adoption. In an open adoption, the birth mother knows the identities of the family or adoptive parents, and the family knows your identity as the birth mother. In an open adoption, the birth mother is permitted to interact with her child via phone calls, letters, pictures and visits. The birth mother and the adoptive family will determine what works best for everyone in their open adoption.
A semi-open adoption allows the birth mother to have limited communication with her child following pregnancy, birth and adoption, typically via letters. In-person interactions between the birth mother and child may be possible with a third party present. Unlike an open adoption, the identities of the birth mother and new parents or family typically remain confidential.
Opposite of an open adoption, closed adoptions include no interaction between birthmothers and adoptive families after pregnancy, birth and adoption. While the baby and adoptive parents or family may be able to receive a medical history, no identifying information is shared.
The Adoption Process and Selecting the Right Family
Our team has years of experience helping birthmothers find the right adoptive families to love and look after their child. When you’re a soon-to-be mother dealing with pregnancy and looking for adoptive parents or a family, we’ll do everything we can to ensure a positive experience. We can even help you decide between an open adoption and a closed one.
We’ll Discuss Your Goals and Options
An unexpected pregnancy can feel scary, but we’ll help you find the right adoption solution. We’ll discuss your goals, answer your questions, and go over your various options, including an open adoption with a family versus a closed adoption with a family. Each birth mother has different reasons for adoption and prefers different levels of interaction with the child, family or parents in the future. We’ll help you determine what’s best for you and your baby.
Choosing the Type of Adoption
We’ll explain the different types of adoptions, including open and closed, and help the birthmother decide if an open adoption, closed adoption, or something in between is the best choice for her. We’ll also discuss what medical assistance is available to the birthmother during pregnancy and birth and arrange for the medical care of the birthmother.
Review and Select a Family
If you’re a soon-to-be mother dealing with pregnancy and looking for assistance in selecting an adoptive family, we can help. Our office screens all prospective parents, who are then investigated and pre-approved through a home study. When you’re looking for parents, you can choose the family you think will be the best fit.
Our Service Areas
Our law firm serves clients throughout the state of Ohio, specifically the Columbus, Ohio metro area, including Franklin County, Delaware County, Knox County, Licking County, Fairfield County, Pickaway County, Madison County, and Union County in probate and estate administration. In adoption law matters, we serve the entire state of Ohio. If you are a mother or parent looking for a loving adoptive family for your child, please contact us today: (614) 241-2181.
Why Choose Our Firm?
When choosing an adoption attorney, birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents should do so carefully. Not every attorney is experienced in the adoption area. Thomas is.
- Thomas is a former Probate Court Magistrate who heard adoption cases on a daily basis prior to going into private practice.
- Thomas has helped birthmothers find the perfect families for their babies for almost 20 years of private practice.
- At our firm, the birth parent is the “Star of the Show.” You will never be pressured to make a decision with which you are not comfortable.
- At our firm, there is no cost or obligation to the birth parent.
Pregnancy can seem overwhelming. If you as a birthmother are looking for new parents or a family who will care for and love your baby after birth, and want more information about an open or closed adoption, we can help.
What happens at the hospital during my adoption?
While your baby’s birth mother is in the hospital, a social worker from the Social Services Department will visit to answer questions about the hospital, the adoption process, or parenting. You may visit during visitation hours, or stay in another room by request, but be considerate of the birth mother and hospital staff. Give them room to rest, recover, and do their job…
250 S. Civic Center Drive, Suite 210
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 241-2181 | Fax: (614) 241-2160
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