Can I select the adoptive family for my baby?
Birthparents have the opportunity to review profiles that adoptive parents have put together including ‘Dear Birthparent’ letters and pictures as they decide which family they would like to place their child with. Birthparents can review as many adoptive parents profiles as they wish before making a decision.
Can I meet the adoptive family I have selected before the baby is born?
Yes. Catholic Charities will assist the birthparent in arranging a meeting at our office for you to meet the adoptive family you have selected. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to ask questions and share information. Catholic Charities adoption staff will be present.
How soon after the baby is born can it be placed in the adoptive home?
It is up to you as to how soon you would like the baby placed in the adoptive home. It is possible to do an out of hospital placement. If you would like to wait until the adoption consents have been signed, it is possible to place the baby in foster care for a short period of time.
Does my baby have to go to foster care before it is placed in the adoptive home?
No. Foster care is an option that you may chose if you would like to have signed adoption consents before the baby is placed in the adoptive home. Foster care may also be used if you need additional time to make your decision. The baby’s stay in foster care can be a few days to a few weeks or as long as needed.
What qualifications must a couple meet before they are accepted as adoptive parents by Catholic Charities?
Catholic Charities completes a home study with all couples looking to adopt to access their ability to be adoptive parents. Finances, parenting, health, home, community, and personal histories are all discussed.
Are all of the birthparents and adoptive families of Catholic faith?
No, Catholic Charities serves people of all faiths.
Are all of the adoptive families childless?
Not necessarily, Catholic Charities serves couples that have experience infertility. A couple may have one adopted or biological child and adopt a second child. If you chose to view adoptive families profiles, you will see couples that are childless or have one child.
How soon after the baby is born can I sign the adoption papers?
Birthparents can sign adoption consents no sooner than 72 hours after the baby’s birth. Catholic Charities will assist you in setting up an appointment at our office after the minimum 72-hour period. Once you have signed the adoption consent forms, you have 10 working days not including weekends and holidays in which to provide in writing a retraction of your consents.
Do I have to go to court?
No. Birthparents sign the “Agreement Conferring Authority to Place for Adoption including Consent to Adoption, Waiver of Notice, and Right to Withdraw the Agreement” which takes that place of appearing in court.
Do my parents need to sign for the adoption?
If you are under the age of 18, both of your legal parents will need to sign a “Consent of Parents or Guardian of Minor Parent to the Placement of the Child”.
What happens if I don’t know who the birth father is or where he is?
If at all possible it is helpful to be able to work with the birthfather as well as get his consent to the adoption, but it is not required for the adoption to take place. An adoption can take place without a birthfather’s consent by checking the Minnesota Father’s Adoption Registry. Any man who thinks he may have fathered a child can register in the 9 months prior to the baby’s birth and 30 days after the birth to receive notification of an adoption. If no man is registered, the documentation of that takes the place of a birthfather’s consent. In the best interest of the child, we would like to received Social and Medical History from the birthfather.
How much contact can I have with my baby in the hospital?
You can determine how much contact you would like to have with the baby in the hospital. A tentative hospital plan can be made to help you think ahead as to what your wished will be. You have the opportunity to have as much or as little contact as you want. Your parents, family and friends can visit you if you want. You are able to take pictures of the baby if you want and may chose to give the baby a name. You may also choose to have the adoptive family at the hospital as well. If you do complete a tentative hospital plan, you may change your wishes while at the hospital. This is your time with the baby.
What is openness in adoption?
Openness in Adoption is a broad term that means the exchange in some form, information or contact between the birth family and adoptive family. Openness is available due to the recognition of the need and right of the adopted person to have accurate medical/health and social information. We know birth parents often continue to take an interest in the child, and that adoptive parents can benefit from an open exchange of information to help them to be better parents. With respect for each other’s role, adoption can be recognized as a responsible choice.