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Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:49

Resources

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Expectant Mothers

BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES OF THE GULF COAST

Serves Pensacola to Live Oak, Florida

http://impregnant.org

850.478.6789

1716 East Olive Street

Pensacola, Florida

ALABAMA SATELLITE OFFICE

251.621.5440

7100 Spanish Fort Blvd.

Spanish Fort, AL  36577

Text: “impregnant” to #77054

Live Chat: http://www.impregant.org

Talk:  1.800.BETHANY (238.4269)

All calls are confidential.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA, INC.

http://www.catholiccharitiesnwfl.org/3-Adoption

 

Northwest Florida Main Office

Adoption Services

850.436.6411

1815 N. Sixth Ave.

Pensacola, Florida

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA, INC.

Panama City Office

Adoption Services

850.763.0475

3128 E. 11th Street

Panama City, Florida

Counseling and Information

ALPHA CENTER

850.479.4391

6004 Pernella Road

Pensacola, Florida

2-B CHOICES FOR WOMEN

251.343.4636

100 S. University Blvd.

Mobile, Alabama

I CHOOSE ADOPTION

http://www.ichooseadoption.org/

 

OPTION LINE

800.395.4357

http://www.optionline.org/

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ADOPTION

1.866.-21.ADOPT 1.866.212.3678

http://www.healthfinder.gov/orgs/HR2020.htm

PREGNANCY RESOURCES CENTER OF MILTON

850.983.2730

5736 Stewart Street

Milton, Florida

http://www.prcofmilton.org

SAFE HARBOR WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER

813 E. Gadsden Street

Pensacola, Florida  32501

850.916.7233

http://www.916safe.org/

SAVE A LIFE

334.368.4949

5825 Highway 21 North, Suite 125

Atmore, Alabama

www.911babies.com

STATE OF ALABAMA ADOPTION INFORMATION

http://www.adoptuskids.org/states/al/index.aspx

 

STATE OF FLORIDA ADOPTION INFORMATION

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/adoption/

 

STATE OF FLORIDA ADOPTION INFORMATION

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/adoption/

WOMEN'S CARE MEDICAL CENTER

18555 Carolina Street

Robertsdale, AL 36567

251.947.2111              251.947.2111

Toll Free: 1.800.626.1232              1.800.626.1232

http://www.womenscaremedicalcenter.org/

 

For Crisis Pregnancy Centers near you (for South Mississippi, Alabama, and Northeast Florida)

http://www.bethany.org

The Gianna Center of the Gulf South

985.466.1919

71380 LA-21, Suite 101

Covington, Louisiana 70433

http://giannagulfsouth.org/index.html

Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:48

Placement and Finalization

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Furman for Families has selected Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services because they place the baby with the adoptive family as soon as the baby is released from the hospital if all legal paperwork has been approved.  In the case of interstate adoptions, addition paperwork must be approved. In some instances, the expectant mother may allow the adoptive parents to be present for the birth.

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Finalization of the Adoption and Other Questions

The timeline for finalization of an adoption varies from state to state and also on the situation surrounding each adoption.  Each state has different rules regarding the birth parents withdrawing consent for the adoption.  Furman for Families is here to help you understand the timelines specific to your adoption.

Adoptive parents pay the fees associated with the adoption and may pay for some expenses experienced by the expectant mother.  Your Adoption Social Worker will guide you through the particulars for your case and your state.

Adoptive parents should be aware a Federal Adoption Tax Credit may be available.  Check with your Adoption Social Worker and your tax preparer to see if you are eligible.  This tax credit lowers the income tax owed by qualified tax payers.  Many employers offer adoption benefits.  Some states offer adoption benefits to state employees.

The health of the child is always a concern to all involved.  If the birth mother tests positive for drug use, the adoptive parents will be made aware of the facts (even in a closed adoption).  At Furman for Families, we urge adoptive parents not to let the health of the baby, or even the possible drug use of the birth parents, deter them from adoption.  Drug use by birth mother does not always indicate that the child may face neurological problems.  We strongly believe a child born into drug use can thrive given lots of love, bonding and proper medical treatment.  We have seen children with health concerns overcome their problems to flourish and become happy, well adjusted, loving children.

It is not just the love of the adopting mother and father that bring a child into a family.  The love and support of the extended family and friends are invaluable in helping a child overcome the problems he or she may have suffered as a result of poor birth mother health.  The love and support of the extended family and friends is important is all adoptions.

Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:47

Interstate Adoptions

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Yes, it is possible to adopt a child from another state!  Furman for Families works with agencies and state entities to ensure a smooth flow of paperwork between all involved.  The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) was established as law in 1984 to assure cooperation among states regarding conditions and requirements for interstate placement of children.  All states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam are members of the Interstate Compact. The compact covers adoption, foster care, residential and relative placements.  It ensures protections for all involved including each involved state and provides a timely manner in which home visits and adoptions may occur.

The ICPC ensures that states will cooperate with each other “in the interstate placement of children so that…each child requiring placement shall receive the maximum opportunity to be placed in a suitable environment with a person or institution having appropriate qualifications and facilities to provide a necessary and desirable level and type of care.”

The ICPC allows children to be sent to another state for placements that are:

· Preliminary to an adoption.

· For foster care, including foster homes, group homes, residential treatment facilities and institutions.

· With parents and relatives when a parent or relative is not making the placement.

Furman for Families believes in the creation of families.  Place of birth or residency of the adoptive or birth parents are not deterrents to making a successful adoption.

Links:

http://www.michigan.gov

http://dhr.alabama.gov

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us

http://dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov

Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:46

Steps to Adoption

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Prospective parents wishing to adopt should contact Bethany Christian Services or Catholic Charities.  You will be invited to attend an informational meeting or take part in an initial consultation.  You will meet your Adoption Social Worker who can answer questions specific to your state, your adoption and the particular requirements and workings of the agency.

http://catholicsocialservicesmobile.com

http://www.bethany.org

Prospective parents will take part in a Home Study.  This involves individual and joint interviews with the couple.  Pre-placement paperwork required by your state is completed.

Pre-placement counseling helps prepare you for parenthood and the placement of a child into your home and family.  Even if you already have children, you need to take part in educational meetings.  The agencies provide both pre-adoption and post-adoption counseling for adoptive and expectant parents.  Adoption Social Workers are always available to address your concerns.

Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Charities help connect potential parents to expectant parents.  Usually, the birth mother selects a couple to adopt her child.  The birth father also can participate in the selection process if he chooses to.  This process can take the form of Open, Closed or Semi-Open adoption.

Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:45

Types of Adoption

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Arrangements between birth parents and adoptive parents can be categorized as Open, Closed or Semi-Open. These may be outlined in an Adoption Agreement, which is a document in which birth and adoptive parents outline their plans for contact and communication.  This agreement may not always be legally enforceable, so it is best thought of as a covenant promise.

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In an OPEN Adoption expectant parents and adoptive parents agree to a complete exchange of names addresses, phone calls, correspondence, photos, visits or anything else they wish to share.  Both the expectant parents and the adoptive parents may wish to share information that will help answer questions the child may need to know later on, including on-going medical updates.  Open Adoptions also are known as Identified Adoptions.

In a CLOSED Adoption, there is no exchange of names, addresses or anything beyond the anonymous background information needed to qualify the adoptive parents and the medical and social background required by law from the expectant parents. Closed Adoptions also are known as Traditional or Confidential Adoptions.

A SEMI-OPEN Adoption only allows an exchange of information agreed to by both the expectant parents and adoptive parents.  Adoptive parents may agree to send baby pictures and information on the child’s development, interests, health and school on an agreed upon schedule.  The expectant parents may get to meet the adoptive parents if all agree. They may talk at a private location, keeping names and addresses secret in order to assess whether there is a "match" between them and if a Hybrid Adoption fits the needs of all involved. Semi-Open Adoptions are also called Hybrid Adoptions.  A third party or mediator is often involved and information passes through this person.

No adoption agency can guarantee that a couple will be selected by a expectant mother, nor can they guarantee a successful adoption, but the agencies Furman for Families works with have successful records in placing children in adoptive homes.  Some families have adopted more than one child.  These social services have also helped women place more than one child.


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