Is there someone I can talk to?
Yes! We have caring staff who are ready and willing to work with women facing decisions like yours. They are experienced and understand the challenges and situations you may be facing. Please chat with us online during office hours, call us on our toll free number at 1-866-530-HOPE to speak with a caseworker or schedule a time to meet for an appointment, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m not sure what I am going to do. Don’t I have to be sure about adoption to call an adoption agency?
No. Many young women call our agency just to explore their options and learn about what adoption is like today. We meet with many expectant moms who are beginning to consider their options. Whether you recently found out about your pregnancy or are about to deliver, we are here to help you. Our job is to give you accurate information about adoption, help you explore your options, process your emotions, and assist you as you decide what is best for you and your baby. Only you can make that decision.
Do I have to pay anything?
All of our services are free to expectant mothers. Adoptive families pay fees that enable our agency to help expectant moms in need of assistance with pregnancy-related expenses, such as rent, food, maternity clothes, transportation, etc.
Can I choose what type of adoption I want?
Yes. You can choose the type of adoption you want. Generations will help you create a personalized adoption plan that you feel is right for you and your child.
Do you offer open adoptions?
Yes, the majority of the adoptions at Generations are open. The degree of openness varies and is agreed upon between the expectant mother and her chosen adoptive family. There are many benefits to open adoption for all involved. On occasion, an expectant mom desires a closed adoption but this is less common these days.
Can I place for adoption if I am not sure who the father of the baby is?
Yes. This is not an uncommon situation. Your caseworker and our agency’s attorney will guide you through the process.
Can I choose the adoptive family?
Yes. You can choose the family that you want to raise your child. Many expectant moms tell us that they feel great peace when they choose and meet the family. Generations has many loving, Christian families that you will be able to choose from. Some of our families are available to view on our website. If you have already found the family you would like to adopt your child, we can help you and the adoptive family with your designated adoption.
How do I know that the family will care for my child?
All of our adoptive families undergo extensive screening to be accepted into the Generations Adoptions program. They are required to attend adoption education training, submit to interviews and assessments, a home visit, and FBI and criminal background checks. Approved families have provided numerous references, health and financial information, as well as proof of their ability to care and provide for a child. They are well screened before they are ever accepted. Our families are approved and waiting, and look forward to becoming parents.
When do I have to make my final decision?
In the state of Texas, a birthmother cannot sign relinquishment papers until at least 48 hours after the birth of the baby. The relinquishment papers are irrevocable.
Do I need to hire a lawyer?
No, Generations has an excellent attorney that provides all of the legal work needed on your behalf. Generations completes all of the legal process in your adoption at no cost to you. You do not have to appear in court.
No one knows I’m pregnant yet. Do I have to tell my family?
No, but we can help you in telling your family, if you desire. We understand that this can be very difficult. We can talk with you about your particular situation. In many cases your family may be a great source of support and strength. We will work with you to determine the best way to tell your family about your pregnancy and adoption plan, if you decide to do so. If you decide not to tell your family, we respect your confidentiality.
I think my parents may have a hard time if I place for adoption. Can you help them?
Yes, we can. Our counseling services are free and available to you, as well as your parents. It is normal for birth grandparents to have questions or concerns and to experience grief. Their concerns and questions are often different from yours. We can offer counseling with them one-on-one or with you, whichever you prefer.
What if I go into labor and have not made an adoption plan?
Just call us toll free at 1-866-530-HOPE!
You can even call Generations from the hospital. We can have a caseworker available to meet with you within hours of your call. Often times the baby will go home with the adoptive family from the hospital or your baby will be placed with one of our two loving, temporary transitional care families. We always have a caring and experienced staff on call for emergencies on all weekends, holidays, and after hours.
Can I see my baby after he or she is born?
Yes, of course! You can decide on the type of hospital experience you desire. You may choose to see and/or hold your baby in the hospital. You may also choose to room-in with the child. It’s completely up to you. Your caseworker will assist you in making your personalized hospital plan and then will work with the hospital staff to ensure that your wishes are met.