Adoption Process in Guam, Home Studies and More
Our caring coordinators provide one-on-one support and other resources such as access to webinars, articles, counseling, podcasts, and referrals. As one of the leaders in modern, open adoption, Lifetime has a proven track record of successful adoptions.
Help for Pregnant Women in Guam
If you face an unexpected pregnancy in Guam and don’t know what to do, contact Lifetime Adoption. Just call or text our Lifetime Adoption coordinators 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You may not have thought of open adoption as a choice and may not know much about it. A Lifetime Adoption coordinator will provide all the information you need on modern, open adoption. She will help you create an adoption plan and will help you access the resources you need.
Adoption is a loving choice for your baby if parenting is not the best option for you. With open adoption, you make the choices for yourself and your baby. You will decide who will adopt your baby, what kind of contact you want in the future, and how things will go at the hospital.
While you are pregnant and up until six weeks after the birth, you may be able to receive assistance for some pregnancy-related expenses. In Guam, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will work with you to list what you need and draft an agreement you can provide to the adoptive family and the court.
When you are struggling to raise a toddler or young children and would like to provide them a chance at a different life, adoption is a loving choice. Many people think adoption is just for newborns. Lifetime Adoption has many adoptive families who are excited to grow their families through the adoption of a toddler, older child, sibling group, or special needs child.
We understand that the first call about adoption in Guam can be a difficult one for a parent considering adoption. However, you can be sure when you call or text Lifetime Adoption, you will be connected with a non-judgmental and kind adoption coordinator who will guide you through the adoption process.
How to Start the Adoption Process
So how do you get the adoption process started? It’s easy. Just call or text Lifetime Adoption and speak with a coordinator or fill out the contact form. A Lifetime coordinator will be available 24 hours a day to answer any questions and provide support.
To view Lifetime Adoptive family profiles online, click here. As a birth parent, you know what is important to you. Whether you want a family that lives in the city or in the country, a family that loves to travel, or perhaps a family with other children or without. It is up to you.
What to expect with Lifetime
- Peer and professional counseling
- Maternity clothes, labor bags, toiletries, and more
- Access to Lifetime Adoption family profiles online or through your coordinator
- 24 hour/365 days access a year to adoption coordinators
- Help with pregnancy-related expenses
- Additional support after the adoption is final
- And so much more!
Adoption Counseling in Guam
Peer counselors, birth mothers who have been through the adoption process, are also available at no cost. Your peer counselor understands your situation and will offer emotional support and advice.
Maternity Hospitals in Guam
- Who will be in the room with you when you go into labor?
- Who would you like to cut the umbilical cord?
- Who do you prefer to hold and feed the baby first?
- Will you leave the hospital before or after your baby does?
Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator makes sure the hospital staff and adoptive family understand your wishes.
In Guam, the hospitals with labor and delivery services are:
Sometimes when you get to the hospital, you might change your mind about some of your choices. Don’t worry. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator is very experienced and will make sure everyone is informed of any changes you might make.
Other Paths to Adoption in Guam
In foster care situations, you will work with the Bureau of Social Services Administration.
Another option is kinship or relative adoption if you have a family member you feel would be a good option for parenting your child. This can be a great solution, but there are things to consider. Kinship adoption can put a strain on relationships, and there can be boundary issues as well.
Be sure to review all the pros and cons of each adoption option with a Lifetime coordinator or a professional counselor.
Adopting in Guam
Are you living in Guam and are thinking about growing your family through adoption? If you are considering the adoption of a newborn or a child up to the age of six, you can reach out to us at 727-493-0933.
Contact your adoption coordinators at Lifetime Adoption with your questions about how open adoption works.
Lifetime Adoption coordinators have extensive experience matching birth parents with adoptive parents. With wide-ranging adoption resources and materials available, you will have access to educational resources, professional referrals, and one-on-one support. These resources will help your adoption dreams come true.
Begin the Adoption Process
If you are in Guam and would like more information, please start by filling out Lifetime Adoption’s free online adoption application.
Once submitted, the application will be reviewed, and then you will be contacted by a Lifetime Adoption coordinator. Filling out the application will not obligate you in any way and is free.
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Home Study Services in Guam
Your home study will require the following:
- Copies of your birth certificates, your marriage certificates, and divorce decrees
- Verification of employment
- Financial statements, including income, savings, assets, expenses, and insurance
- The results of physical examinations
- References from two nonrelatives
- Documented police clearance from the place of current or previous residence
The study shall include the following:
- Background of the applicant, including education, childhood history, and family relationships
- Motivation for adoption
- Condition and suitability of the applicant’s home
- Religious affiliation, if any
The court will order the home study once the adoption petition is submitted. The department will submit the home study to the court within 45 days unless the court extends the time period.
Finalization of Adoption
Other Paths to Adoption
Adoption through the Guam foster care program is another option to consider in Guam. Just contact the Department of Public Health & Social Services, which will provide you with all the information you need to know about the foster-to-adopt process and requirements.
To qualify to be a foster parent in Guam, you will need to:
- Must complete a home study.
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Complete the required foster-to-adopt application.
Another great resource for foster-to-adopt in Guam is AdoptUSKids. You can view children hoping to be adopted in the Guam foster care system and in other states.
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