Pregnant and Need Help with the Adoption of My Child
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may feel overwhelmed with questions about “giving” your baby up for adoption.
The truth is, choosing adoption is not “giving up.” You are not giving up on yourself or your child when you choose adoption — you are making a brave, selfless and proactive choice to give your baby the best life possible.
If you are pregnant and considering adoption, continue reading to learn more about the choices you have in the adoption process and the services Peter Wiernicki can offer to help you make the best decisions for yourself and your child.
How to Place a Baby for Adoption in Maryland, Virginia or D.C.
As an expectant mother considering your options, the adoption process may seem overwhelming at times. You are in control of the adoption process, which means you will have to make many difficult decisions throughout your pregnancy. As your attorney, Peter Wiernicki can help guide you through each step of the process and give you the information and guidance you need to make those difficult decisions.
Here is a brief overview of the five stages of placing a baby for adoption, the choices you will make during each, and the services and support Peter can offer along the way:
1. Choose adoption.
The first step for every expectant mother in your shoes is to learn about all of the available options and make the choice that is best for herself and the baby. You are the only person who can decide what is right for yourself and your child — but do you not need to make this choice alone. You can contact Peter at any point during your pregnancy to learn more about your options, his services, the adoption process and local adoption laws.
Whether you have just found out you’re pregnant, are days away from your due date, or even if your baby has already been born, it is never too early or too late to begin considering adoption for your baby. Contacting Peter does not obligate you to proceed with an adoption plan; he will simply provide you with the information you need to make a fully informed decision.
2. Determine your goals.
If you decide to proceed with adoption, you will always be in control of your adoption plan. This means that you will make many important decisions about the types of adoption situations you want for yourself and your child, including:
- Choosing the adoptive family
- Deciding how much contact you want to share with the adoptive parents during your pregnancy
- Planning the type of hospital experience you want to have
- Determining the type of post-placement relationship you want to have with the adoptive parents and your child
- And more
You will also be able to make changes or discontinue the adoption process at any time until you sign the legal paperwork after your baby is born. As you create your adoption plan, Peter will work with you to ensure you understand the legal adoption process and your rights as a woman considering adoption. In addition, he may refer you to one of the adoption agencies he partners with for counseling services and additional help determining your adoption goals.
3. Find an adoptive family.
If you have not already located the perfect parents to adopt your baby, Peter can connect you with professionals to help you find compatible adoptive families in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and all throughout the country. He partners with many local and national agencies who work with pre-screened and approved adoptive families. These waiting families come from all different backgrounds, so you will be able to find the right parents who fit your adoption plan.
You can review their adoptive family profiles, and when you find a family that seems like they may be a good fit for you, you can get to know them through phone calls, emails, and even in-person visits. It will be up to you to decide how much contact you want to share with them during your pregnancy, at the hospital, and after your baby is born.
4. Plan your hospital stay.
When it is time to welcome your baby into the world, you will develop a hospital plan that outlines the type of labor and delivery experience you want to have. You can determine:
• When the adoptive family will arrive at the hospital
• How much time you want to spend with the adoptive parents
• Whether the adoptive family will meet your family members
• Who will hold your baby first
• And more
Peter will work with you to inform the hospital and the adoptive family of your wishes so everyone will be prepared for the big day. After your baby is born, Peter will visit you in the hospital to see how you are feeling, ensure you are still certain about your adoption plan, and, when you are ready, help you complete the necessary paperwork to legally consent to the adoption.
If your baby is born in Maryland, you can consent to the adoption any time after he or she is born. In Virginia and D.C., you will need to wait three days after your child is born before consenting. Peter will make sure you fully understand consent procedures and your rights during this process before signing.
5. Continue your adoption journey.
Today’s adoptions don’t end with placement. Thanks to open and semi-open adoption, you can choose to stay in touch with your child and the adoptive family for years to come.
As you make your adoption plan, you will decide what kind of adoption relationship you are hoping for after your baby’s birth — whether you want to exchange pictures and letters, phone calls, emails, or even schedule in-person visits for special occasions. Because you always have the option of remaining an important part of your child’s life, the adoption process never truly ends.
Additional Adoption Services for Expectant Mothers
As your attorney, Peter Wiernicki will walk you through the entire adoption process from start to finish. In addition to helping you through each of the above steps of adoption, he provides many other valuable services you need to reach your adoption goals, including:
- Free adoption information. You can contact Peter at any time for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. Whether you are ready to begin the adoption process or are simply looking for more information, Peter will provide the unbiased information you need about adoption in Maryland, Virginia, or the Washington metropolitan area.
- Free legal services and living expenses. All of the services you need to place your baby for adoption will be provided at no cost to you. In addition, you may be able to get help with your medical bills, counseling costs, and living expenses including housing, transportation, groceries and more during your pregnancy.
- Expert legal advice. Peter’s job is to provide you with the legal representation you need and deserve during the adoption process. He will advise you on local adoption laws, complete all of the necessary legal work and ensure your adoption is completed safely and legally.
- Emotional support. Peter will be a kind, understanding and nonjudgmental partner throughout the adoption process. In addition, he can connect you with a licensed social worker or adoption counselor to ensure you are receiving the professional emotional support services you need.
- Access to additional adoption services. Peter is committed to providing all of the resources and services you need to successfully complete your adoption. That’s why he has partnered with some of the best local and national adoption agencies to provide additional services, including 24/7 counseling and support, help finding prospective adoptive parents, and more.
Adoption is a legal process, but it is also an emotional journey. With years of experience working with prospective birth mothers, Peter understands what you are going through. He strives to provide not only legal expertise, but also the compassion and understanding you need throughout the adoption process. Contact him today to learn more about his services and the process to place a baby for adoption in Virginia, Maryland, or the Washington metropolitan area.