Pregnant and Considering Adoption in Pennsylvania
That pregnancy test comes back positive and you are thinking, “I am not ready to be a parent”? What are you going to do now? You are probably experiencing some panic and all kinds of other emotions at this time.
First, take a breath and consider what your options are. Call Lifetime Adoption and speak with a coordinator who will help you understand your options and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call, text, or fill out our online form. Your coordinator will offer you peer and professional counselors at no cost to you. They can help you sort through all the different opinions and advice you may get and help you consider the pros and cons of each option. This can be very helpful during this stressful and confusing time.
What is the Adoption Process in Pennsylvania?
For over three decades, Lifetime Adoption coordinators have been helping expectant mothers navigate the adoption process. Just call, text, or fill out our online form 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will always find a caring, non-judgmental adoption coordinator ready to listen and to get you the resources you need.
Next, you will view Lifetime Adoptive family profiles your coordinator feels will match well with you, and you can also view family profiles online. Then you will choose one or more families you want to get to know more about. Your adoption coordinator will arrange a meeting, usually over the phone at first. You may want a family from Pennsylvania or you may prefer a family from another state.
Sometimes, when parenting a young child, life gets difficult and it can become unhealthy for you and your child for you to continue parenting. Lifetime Adoption in Pennsylvania is here to help with an adoption plan for you and your toddler, special needs child, sibling group, or older child. If you are in this situation and considering adoption, your Lifetime coordinator will put you in touch with a professional counselor. She will work with you, your child, and the adoptive parents to create an adoption plan that will focus on a healthy transition for everyone involved in the adoption.
If you are currently pregnant you may be nervous about how everything will be handled at the hospital. Your adoption coordinator will help you make a hospital plan that outlines your wishes. You will decide things such as who you want in the delivery room, who will hold the baby first, and many other details. You will also have an adoption attorney at no cost to you who will make sure you understand your rights, you are sure about your decision, and that all the paperwork is complete.
Open Adoption in Pennsylvania
Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will help you understand your options and explain the process. To set up your adoption plan, she will ask some questions such as:
- What qualities are you looking for in adoptive parents?
- How much and what kind of contact are you interested in after placement?
- How would you like things to go at the hospital?
- How much involvement would you like the adoptive parents to have during your pregnancy?
- Do you need help with pregnancy-related expenses?
Parenting a child is not always the right choice for you or your child. Adoption may be the right option. Lifetime Adoption families are hoping to grow their family through open adoption. Often our adoptive families form a close relationship with their birth family.
Help With Pregnancy Expenses and More
To help with all of the emotions she was having and to help her plan for the future peer and professional counseling was also made available at no charge. Peer counselors are birth mothers who understand what you are going through and can provide some great advice. Professional counselors can help you work through and understand your emotions and help you with your decision making process.
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Pennsylvania Adoptive Families
The adoption profiles below will show you waiting adoptive parents of all types and backgrounds in Pennsylvania. When you browse these profiles, you can learn more about their:
- Home and neighborhood
- Values and religious beliefs
- Reasons for adopting
- And much more!
No matter what you’re looking for in an adoptive family, you deserve to find the perfect match. With waiting families from across the country, Lifetime Adoption provides more adoptive family profiles for you, giving you a greater chance of finding the right fit for your child.
Families Wanting to Adopt in Pennsylvania
Are you planning to grow your family through adoption? If you are considering adopting a newborn, toddler, or maybe an older child up to the age of six in Pennsylvania contact Lifetime Adoption, one of the nationwide leaders in open adoption. With over three decades of successfully matching birth families and adoptive families, our experienced coordinators will make your adoption dreams come true. They are dedicated to treating birth mothers and adoptive families with all of the care and respect they deserve. They make sure everyone in the adoption process has all the support and resources they need.
Starting the Adoption Process
So, you have decided to look into adopting, how do you get started? It’s quite simple. Just fill out our short online application. It is free to apply to adopt at Lifetime, and you will not be obligated in any way to move forward if you choose not to. A Lifetime Adoption coordinator will contact you, once pre-approved, to explain the Lifetime process. She will answer any questions you may have and get you started with instruction on how to create your personal profile for birth mothers to view. She will refer you to a home study provider and adoption attorney. In addition, she will provide you with access to education, blogs, and many other resources including access on our Lifetime membership site.
The founder of Lifetime Adoption, Mardie Caldwell has created the successful Lifetime Adoption program after navigating the adoption of her son. She wanted to share the lessons she learned about what worked and what didn’t work with others to help them realize their adoption dreams.
Adoption Laws in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, you can expect your adoption to generally become final within a couple months after placement. Every adoption is unique, however, so consult with your adoption attorney about your individual adoption facts.
Pennsylvania Home Studies
A home study will include:
- Background checks
- Visit to the home
- Financial verification
- Employment verification
- Medical reports
Your home study social worker will run a background check and will also compile information on why you chose adoption as a way to grow your family, what your beliefs are on topics such as marital relationships, parenting style, and what your values and lifestyle are like. She will also interview everyone who is currently living in your house.
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