Corpus Christi Adoption, Home Studies and More
As a leader in domestic, open adoption, Lifetime Adoption has caring and experienced adoption coordinators who are always ready to help you. Lifetime has been connecting birth families with adoptive families for over three decades. Our experienced coordinators will guide you through the process. We offer counseling, podcasts, provide articles, webinars, referrals, along with one-on-one support.
Help for Pregnant Women in Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi is a great place to relax on the beach, but if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, relaxing may be hard to do. If you are conflicted about what to do, open adoption may be an option you want to consider. You can access Corpus Christi adoption services through Lifetime Adoption. Our caring coordinators are here to help you get the information and resources you need to make an adoption plan. They will also answer the questions you have. For help and guidance with your adoption questions or plans, just call or text our Lifetime Adoption coordinators 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
With an open adoption, you create an adoption plan where you make the choices for yourself and your child. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will walk with you through the process. Life can get complicated and sometimes, the best thing you can do for your child is finding adoptive parents, with a loving home, who are emotionally and financially ready for a baby. You will make the choices such as who the adoptive family for your baby will be, and the amount of contact you would like to have with the family once the adoption process is complete. You will also make a hospital plan that works for you.
Pregnancy expenses can be an issue for many women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Adoption agencies in the Corpus Christi area may be able to help with those expenses. Assistance may be available for things such as rent, food, clothes, transportation, phone, and other pregnancy related items. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will work with you to determine your needs and connect you with the support and resources you need!
Adoption is not just for newborns. You may have a toddler or older child that you feel adoption would be best for. If you are trying to raise a young child and are struggling, you may want to consider adoption. Lifetime Adoption can help connect you with families that are interested in adopting sibling sets, toddlers, and special needs children.
Making that first call to a Corpus Christi adoption agency can be hard. When you call, or text Lifetime, you will find a caring, non-judgmental adoption coordinator who will answer all of your questions. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will guide you through the entire adoption process.
Adoption Agencies in Corpus Christi Area
- The opportunity for peer and professional counseling.
- 24-hour help and support.
- Adoptive parent profiles. All families have had background checks.
- The opportunity to receive help with pregnancy-related expenses.
- Maternity clothes, toiletries, socks, and a labor bag if you need them.
- Additional support after you have given birth.
- And much more!
Adoption Counseling in Corpus Christi
Peer counseling is a popular form of counseling at Lifetime. When you talk with another woman who has been where you are, it can be very helpful. Her story may not be the same as yours, but a peer counselor will understand your feelings and emotions. She can give advice on how to tell your family, how to discuss the adoption option with the birth father, along with other words of advice.
Maternity Hospitals in Corpus Christi
- Do you want the adoptive parents at the hospital?
- When in labor, who would you like to be in the room with you?
- Would you like to hold your baby first after the birth?
Your adoption coordinator will coordinate with the hospital staff to make sure your wishes are known and that they are followed. You need to have as little stress as possible and be comfortable in the hospital.
In the Corpus Christi area, the hospitals with labor and delivery services are:
Wherever you choose to deliver, your adoption coordinator will work with that hospital to make sure they understand your wishes. Sometimes things don’t go as planned but don’t worry. Our adoption coordinators have worked with many birth mothers who were traveling out of state or have given birth at home.
More Helpful Resources for Pregnant Women in Corpus Christi
If you are experiencing homelessness or find yourself a victim of domestic violence, finding safe housing is critical. Here are a few local resources for women’s shelters in Corpus Christi and the surrounding area:
Experiencing hunger as a pregnant woman or the mother of young children is very difficult. However, help is available through the WIC program in Corpus Christi. WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children and provides an EBT card to purchase healthy food, such as vegetables, milk, whole grains, eggs, fruit, and cheese. They also have referrals for local resources. Learn more by visiting their website:
Addiction may be another issue you are struggling with. Your adoption coordinator can help you find treatment. It is risky to stop using drugs without supervision, and there are many different treatment options. If you have an addiction to opiates or prescription drugs, a treatment center can offer medications (like methadone and suboxone) and counseling. The medicines can help you wean off the opiates in a safe manner. Here are a few resources in Corpus Christi:
Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator can offer confidential help and help you overcome any concerns or issues if you need additional support and resources. For example, we can help with prenatal care, maternity clothes, rent, transportation, pregnancy verification, etc. Call or text today.
How to Start the Adoption Process in Corpus Christi
Your next question may be, “How do you start the adoption process?” It’s easy; just call or text Lifetime Adoption or fill out our contact form. A Lifetime Adoption coordinator will assist you with your adoption plan. She will ask about your needs are and make sure you have all of the resources you need. All your questions will be answered, and she will talk with you about any questions or concerns you may have. You will always find an easy-to-talk-to and caring adoption coordinator available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for you.
Our Lifetime adoptive families have online profiles so you can learn all you need to about the family you are considering. You can read letters, watch video messages and speak with the families you are interested in.
To view Lifetime Adoptive family profiles online, just click here. Whether you are interested in a family who lives in Texas or another state, a couple of a certain race, or a religion, we will find a family for you. Once you choose the family, your adoption coordinator will help you communicate with them. Then, you can begin building a relationship with them, and your coordinator will guide all involved through this process.
If you are currently in the Corpus Christi area and need resources, your adoption coordinator will help you connect with those resources. For instance, you may need medical care, transportation to get there, help with rent, clothing, or other pregnancy-related needs. Your coordinator will be there to help you with any issues.
Other Paths to Adoption in Corpus Christi
Sometimes a family member, who is usually blood-related to the child, wants to adopt your child. This is called relative or kinship adoption. There can be hardships with this type of adoption. Your relative may think they are just helping out for a short time and not understand this is permanent. You may find there can be some issues with boundaries that will need to be worked through.
Consider all of your options before deciding which type of adoption is best for you and your baby. Speak to a counselor and talk with your adoption coordinator to make sure you have all the facts.
Adopting in Corpus Christi
Thinking about adoption can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. If you are thinking about on adopting in the Corpus Christi area, the adoption coordinators at Lifetime Adoption are ready to help with your adoption journey. They will explain the whole adoption process and answer all of your questions. You will learn how to navigate the adoption process and all about open domestic adoption.
Matching birth parents and adoptive parents successfully is a priority at Lifetime Adoption. If you are in the Corpus Christi area and would like more information about adopting a newborn or child up to the age of six, you can contact us at 727-493-0933. In addition, you can also fill out our free online adoption application or continue browsing our site. You will learn all about open adoption. You will also find resources and an enormous amount of adoption material.
At Lifetime Adoption, you will be provided with education, resources, referrals, and support you need to ensure your adoption dreams come true.
Begin the Adoption Process
There is a lot of information and requirements involved in the adoption process, and it can seem overwhelming. Don’t worry. You do not need to travel this path on your own. Just fill out our online application to get started. It is free to apply, and filling out the form does not obligate you in any way.
You will be contacted by a Lifetime coordinator once your application is received and reviewed. Write down all of your questions, and your coordinator will be happy to provide the answers. Expect your coordinator to ask you about your adoption dreams, preferences, and expectations. Your coordinator will gather all of your information and guide you to a successful adoption.
Adoption Attorneys in Corpus Christi
Home Study Services in Corpus Christi
For your home study you will submit fingerprints for a background check and will provide the following:
- Proof of marital status
- Financial and Employment Statements
- Medical Statements from your doctor
- Three written references
You can also expect your home study social worker to visit your home and to interview everyone living in the home. The visit is to confirm you have a safe and loving home to raise a child in. Your social worker will also want to find out what your views are regarding parenting, marriage, and family. There will also be follow-up visits after you take custody of the child.
Finalization of Adoption at Court
Now one final step, and that is adoption finalization.
Texas law mandates that a birth mother must wait 48 hours after the birth before signing the adoption papers. In addition, the child must be in the custody of the adoptive parents for at least six months. Five post-placement visits by your social worker will be conducted during this time. Once those visits are complete, you will have a hearing with a judge at the courthouse to finalize the adoption.
In the Corpus Christi area, you will go to the District Court in your area, where your adoption attorney will have filed all the necessary paperwork and scheduled the finalization hearing. A district court judge will review your home study and all adoption documentation and will issue the final adoption decree. Be ready to have pictures taken and shed a few happy tears. This will be a very exciting occasion, so enjoy!
Other Paths to Adoption
Corpus Christi International Adoption Agencies
Domestic, open adoption is not the only path to adoption. International adoption appeals to some families who feel the call to help a child from another country who is in need.
Some things to consider when choosing international adoption are the laws, customs, and political climate of the country you plan to adopt from. It is also imperative to work with an agency that specializes in international adoption and has proven experience working in the country you are interested in. Some of the most popular countries are China, Africa, and Eastern European countries. Some agencies that specialize in international adoption:
Foster Care Adoption
To qualify as a foster parent, you will need to:
- Complete an application.
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Be financially stable and responsible.
- Provide references.
- Provide information about your background and lifestyle.
- Complete a home study.
- You can be single, married, widowed, or divorced.
- You will need to complete a criminal background check. This will include an abuse/neglect check on all adults living in the household.
- Attend training, which is free, to learn about issues of neglected and abused children.
Training is vital because it allows the family and the family’s social worker to determine whether foster care adoption is the right choice for your family.
A great resource is AdoptUSKids. You can view children hoping to be adopted in the Corpus Christi foster care system and in other states.
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