Ohio Adoption Agency Birth Mother Services

Financial Help

Pregnancy always comes with additional and perhaps unexpected costs. If you are considering adoption, it is important to know your options for financial assistance. Adoption Circle will work with you to provide the financial support you need during your pregnancy. We offer financial counseling and birthmother financial assistance in the form of living expenses permitted under Ohio law such as rent, utilities, maternity clothing or food.

Medical Expenses

At Adoption Circle, we can assist with many, if not all, of your pregnancy-related medical bills, including prenatal care, doctor visits, lab work and delivery expenses. If insurance is a concern, your adoption specialist will help you get on Medicaid if you have not applied and can help you find a physician who will provide you and your baby with quality medical care. Adoption Circle will work closely with you to create an adoption hospital plan that meets all of your wishes the day of delivery.

24/7 Support

Counseling is very important when making an adoption plan. Adoption Circle encourages counseling throughout the decision-making process. We offer 24/7 birthparent support with caring, non-judgmental counseling available through Adoption Circle’s state-licensed, professional social workers. We will continue to support you after placement to assure your needs are being met.

Housing & Transportation

Adoption Circle can help you secure housing during your pregnancy. We want to make sure you are in a safe and comfortable environment while you are making an adoption plan. Ohio law allows for financial assistance with housing expenses and your Adoption Circle social worker can discuss this when you meet. If transportation is a problem, your adoption social worker can meet you at your home or a nearby location that is convenient for you. Our staff can also help arrange transportation to appointments and can help you access community transportation in the area if needed.

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Birthparent FAQs

Why choose adoption?

There are many different reasons why birthparents would choose adoption for their child. You might not be physically, emotionally or financially ready to be a parent and you know your child needs more than you are able to provide. Whatever the reason for considering adoption, there is never a wrong reason to want a certain life for your baby, as well as for yourself.

With adoption, birthparents can have full control over what happens and play an active role in every step of the process. It is also important to know adoption agencies like Adoption Circle can assist you with your needs during pregnancy. We can provide counseling, assist with medical expenses if needed, help secure housing and work closely with you create an adoption plan that fits your unique needs and wishes.

How do I make and adoption plan?

The first step to making an adoption plan is contacting an adoption an adoption professional or agency like Adoption Circle. If you choose to work with us, we will provide you with 24/7 support and guidance at each step of the process. Your local social worker will set up a meeting time to complete State required paperwork and go over the entire process in detail and answer all of your questions. You do not have to travel, we will come to you or can arrange transportation for a convenient meeting location. For more information about the adoption process and making an adoption plan, click here for our birthparent information packet.

Are there any costs for me, the birth parent, if I choose an adoption plan with Adoption Circle?

No. Your legal, medical and counseling expenses that are a part of the adoption process are paid by the adoptive parents. Adoption Circle also may assist you with maternity clothes, housing, or other pregnancy and adoption expenses mandated under Ohio law.

What information, if any, is needed by the birth father?

Although an adoption can take place without the birth father’s involvement, it is in the best interest of all parties for him to participate. Adoption Circle believes it is important, if at all possible, for the birth father to be actively involved, as early as possible, in the adoption process. This is only possible if they can provide the agency with the information to contact the birth father. Children deserve a complete medical history and a legally sound adoption. A court hearing may be scheduled to legally terminate his parental rights.

Will there be a family for my baby?

Adoption Circle believes that all children are wanted and has approved family’s ready to adopt children of all races and medical backgrounds.

How do I select the adoptive family?

Birthparents who work with Adoption Circle choose how they select an adoptive family.

Some birth parents choose to review profiles written by the prospective adoptive parents. While others will request that the agency select an adoptive family. If you choose to read profiles you will have the opportunity to hear about different adoptive families and their lives. The profiles describe a family’s strengths, weaknesses, occupations, education, hobbies, leisure activities, courtship, marriage, family life, religion, home, neighborhood, and infertility issues.

Getting to know the families through their profiles enables you to select a family that you believe will meet the needs of your child. You also are able to select the religion and where your child will be raised (in Ohio or another state). You have the opportunity to meet with them or talk with them over the telephone if you would like.

How will my child be able to find me later in life if he/she desires?

One of the forms that you complete with your social worker allows you to authorize or prohibit the release of identifying information to your child when they are an adult.

You can write a letter to you r child and share all the identifying information. Or you may choose to share this identifying information with the adoptive family during your adoption planning. At Adoption Circle we encourage all of our adoptive families and birthparents to keep us informed of their current address and telephone number so that we can assist in families whenever possible.

What kind of contact will I have with my child after the adoption?

The contact that you have will depend on the adoption plan that you design with the adoptive family. Adoption Circle has a policy that adoptive parents are to send pictures and letters for the birth parents, once a month for the first year. The agency encourages annual update pictures and letters after the first year as agreed upon by both birth and adoptive parents.

Will I have to go to court?

No. If the child is under 6 months of age and the birth parent is working with Adoption Circle it is not usually necessary to appear in court to relinquish parental rights.

Will my family and friends be able to visit with my baby in the hospital?

Yes!! Absolutely!! Adoption Circle encourages birth parents, their families and friends to see the baby and to have as much contact as desired with your child prior to placement. We believe it is an important time for you and the baby. However, if yo u do not wish to see the baby while in the hospital, that request will be respected. It is important to remember that you the birth parent are in charge of making decisions about you and your baby. Adoption Circle encourages birth parents to verbalize all their special requests regarding the adoption. We make every effort to assist you in completing the plan as you design it.

Hey...(Kim) I just wanted to tell you THANK YOU so much for making all of this possible!!  Not even two months ago I was so lost and had no idea what to do.  I knew that she (my child) would be better off with someone who could provide better for her than I can.  I couldn't imagine anyone who could fit my standards of "deserving her" or loving her.  I didn't think I would ever feel like anyone was good enough (including myself), but somehow you managed to find the most wonderful, beautiful people and bring us together!  And for that, I will be eternally grateful to you!!!!  Thank you so much!

Birthmother, Columbus, OH

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