El Paso Adoption, Home Studies and More
When it comes to open, domestic adoption, Lifetime Adoption is one of the leaders. For over three decades, our experienced coordinators have been providing one-on-one support and resources such as articles, podcasts, counseling, webinars, and referrals.
Help for Pregnant Women in El Paso
Facing an unexpected pregnancy in El Paso can cause anxiety. You may feel confused and unsure of what your choices are. A modern adoption is an option you may want to consider. You can learn about El Paso adoption services through Lifetime Adoption. You can work with an adoption coordinator to make an adoption plan and access the resources you need. For all the help and information you need, just call or text our Lifetime Adoption coordinators 24 hours a day.
You will be the one to make choices such as who will adopt your baby and how much contact you will have after the adoption is final. Open adoption can be a great choice if parenting does not feel like the best option for you and your child. Placing your child with loving adoptive parents who are ready for a baby both financially and emotionally is a loving choice.
You may also be experiencing some expenses that you were not ready for while dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. In the El Paso area, your adoption coordinator can connect you with the resources and assistance you need. As a pregnant woman choosing adoption, you can ask for help with pregnancy-related expenses in Texas. You can receive support during your pregnancy and up until six weeks after the birth. You can receive help for things such as food, rent, phone, transportation, clothes, and other pregnancy-related items.
When people think about adoption, they often only think of newborns. However, there are many parents who are struggling to raise their toddlers or young children due to many different reasons. At Lifetime, we have many adoptive families who are excited to adopt a toddler or older child, or sibling group.
At Lifetime, we understand that making that first call to an El Paso adoption agency can be hard. When you call or text Lifetime Adoption, you can be sure that you will connect with a non-judgmental and kind coordinator. She will be a support for you throughout the adoption process.
Adoption Help in the El Paso Area
- Maternity clothes, toiletries, labor bags, and more
- Professional and Peer Counseling
- Lifetime adoptive family profiles
- Around the clock help and support
- Assistance with pregnancy-related expenses
- Additional support such as counseling after you have given birth
- And so much more!
Adoption Counseling in El Paso
Speaking with a fellow birth mother who has been on her own adoption journey can also help. At Lifetime there are peer counselors available. While her adoption circumstances may be a little different, she will understand how you feel and give you advice on situations such as telling your family about your adoption decision, talking about the adoption option with the birth father, and other issues.
Maternity Hospitals in El Paso
- Who would you like in the room with you when you go into labor?
- When you deliver, who would you like to cut the cord?
- Who would you like to hold the baby first?
- Are you interested in feeding and holding your baby?
It will ease your anxiety if you know that the hospital staff and adoptive family all know what is expected of them before you even get to the hospital. Your adoption coordinator will be the one to share your hospital plan with the hospital social worker and nurses, and the adoptive family. Everyone will know and understand your wishes.
In the El Paso area, the hospitals with labor and delivery services are:
Don’t be concerned if you change your mind about any of your choices or something unexpected happens. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator is always available to support you and share the information with the hospital staff and adoptive parents.
More Helpful Resources for Pregnant Women in El Paso
If you are currently homeless or find yourself a victim of domestic violence, it is critical to find a safe place for yourself. Here are a few local resources for women’s shelters in El Paso and the surrounding area:
Experiencing hunger is a serious issue, especially for a pregnant woman or the mother of a young child. However, there is help available through the WIC program in El Paso. WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children and provides an EBT card to purchase healthy food, such as vegetables, whole grains, cheese, eggs, milk, and fruit. They also have referrals for local resources. Learn more by visiting their website:
Your adoption coordinator can help you find treatment if you are struggling with addiction. It can be dangerous to stop using drugs without doctor supervision. If you have an addiction to opiates or prescription drugs, a treatment center can offer medications (like methadone and suboxone) to slowly wean off the opiates in a way that is safe for you and your baby. The treatment center will also offer counseling along with support services. Here are a few resources in El Paso:
If you are in need of additional resources and support, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator can provide confidential help to help you overcome any issues or concerns you may have. For example, we can help with transportation, pregnancy verification, maternity clothes, prenatal care, rent, etc. Call or text today.
How to Start the Adoption Process in El Paso
So you think adoption is the right choice for you and your baby, but how do you get started? It’s easy. Just call or text Lifetime Adoption to connect with a coordinator or fill out the contact form online. An adoption coordinator will go over the adoption process with you and make sure you have the resources you need. A Lifetime Adoption coordinator is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will provide you with the support you need.
Adoptive families profiles are available online, and your coordinator will also send you some profiles of families she feels are a good match for you and your baby. You will learn all about the adoptive families that meet your preferences. In addition, personal letters are available to read, you can watch video messages, and when comfortable, you can speak to the adoptive families you are interested in.
To view Lifetime Adoptive family profiles online, just click here. Whether you want an adoptive family that lives in Texas or a family from a different state, we will help you find them. Whatever you are looking for in an adoptive family, your adoption coordinator will help you find the family that is the right fit for you and your child.
Other Paths to Adoption in El Paso
In addition to open adoption and foster care, there is kinship or relative adoption. You may have a family member who would like to adopt your child. This can be a great solution under the right circumstances, but everyone must understand that this is a permanent solution, and the family member who adopts your child will be their parent forever.
Talk to your Lifetime coordinator or a counselor to make sure you understand the pros and cons of every option before choosing which type of adoption is right for you and your baby.
Adopting in El Paso
Is growing your family through domestic adoption in the El Paso area something you are considering? Contact Lifetime Adoption and learn all about modern, open adoption and how the whole adoption process works.
At Lifetime Adoption, our caring and highly experienced coordinators are experts at matching birth parents and adoptive parents. With a wealth of adoption resources and materials available, you will have all the referrals, resources, and support you need so your adoption dreams come true.
If you are in the El Paso area and would like additional information about adopting a newborn or child up to the age of six, you can contact us at 727-493-0933 or fill out our free online adoption application.
Begin the Adoption Process
Let’s get your adoption journey started! Simply fill out our free online application. When you fill out the application, it will be reviewed, and then you will be contacted by a Lifetime coordinator. To fill out the application does not obligate you in any way. It will give you the opportunity to find out more about the open adoption process.
Adoption Attorneys in El Paso
Home Study Services in El Paso
Your home study will require fingerprints for a background check and provide the following:
- Proof of marital status
- Medical Statement from your doctor ensuring you are healthy mentally and physically
- Financial and Employment Statements, such as pay stubs and tax documents
- Three written character references
The home study process involves your social worker visiting your home and interviewing everyone who lives in the home. The home study confirms that you have a safe and loving home to raise a child in. Your home study social worker will also inquire about parenting, marriage, and family views. You will also have several mandatory follow-up visits after you take custody of the child.
Finalization of Adoption at Court
Now, your child is in your home, and your final adoption step is finalization.
Adoption law in Texas mandates that the birth mother must wait 48 hours after the birth before she can legally sign the adoption papers. Next, the child must be in the adoptive parent’s custody for at least six months. Finally, the home study social worker will conduct five post-placement. When these visits are complete, you will have a finalization hearing at the courthouse to finalize the adoption.
Finalization will occur at the El Paso County 65th District Courthouse in the El Paso area. A judge and your adoption attorney are present. After reviewing your adoption documents, a judge will issue the final adoption decree. It is now time to celebrate!
Other Paths to Adoption
El Paso International Adoption Agencies
If you choose international adoption, you will want to work with an agency that specializes in international adoption. Take the time to research agencies and confirm they have a successful history of working with the country of your choice. Every country has its own particular laws and customs. Even the political climate can effect an adoption. These things could have an effect on your adoption.
Some agencies that specialize in international adoption:
Foster Care Adoption
To qualify to be a Texas foster parent, you will need to:
- Complete a home study.
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Complete the foster-to-adopt application.
- Provide several character references.
- Provide proof documents to prove you are financially stable and responsible.
- Provide information about your background and lifestyle.
- Complete a background check which includes an abuse/neglect check on all adults living in the household.
- Attend mandatory training, which is free that includes issues regarding adopting children who have been neglected or abused, along with parenting instruction.
Another excellent resource for foster-to-adopt is AdoptUSKids. View children hoping to be adopted in the El Paso foster care system and other states.
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