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Birth Mother FAQs

Can I be involved in choosing the adoptive family?

As the birth mother, you have complete control over what family your baby is placed with. You are involved in each step, and you make the final decision in choosing the future home for your baby. To ensure you feel at peace with your decision, we will provide you with an experienced counselor (at no cost to you) who will help you through this process. Prospective adoptive families also provide in-depth profiles you can review before choosing a family.  

We want to help you feel confident when picking an adoptive family for the baby. If you already know what kind of people you’d like to place your baby with, great! We’ll help you find that family! If you’re not sure, don’t worry. We’ll walk you through the information that is most critical, and you can start to choose your preferences. Those in-depth profiles you can review contain information like age, religion, location and current family size, and we’re happy to share with you what we know about those families as well.

We guarantee that every family available for you to choose from has passed a screening process, ensuring that any child will have a loving home.

What are the steps of the adoption process?

The first step of the adoption process is deciding whether adoption is right for you. As a birth mother, you have options, and it’s important that you know what they are! If you do decide that adoption is the best choice for you, the next step in the process is choosing an adoption agency.  

It is important to choose an adoption agency that cares for the well-being of both you and your baby. We firmly believe in providing the best care for everyone, so before, during, and after pregnancy, we offer free services that can help you on your adoption journey. Some of these services include providing safe and comfortable living arrangements, counseling, and help for you to earn your GED. At A Guardian Angel, these services are free for you.

After choosing an adoption agency, it is time to create a customized adoption plan. An adoption plan contains a list of preferences for the kind of family you would like to adopt your child as well as some of the terms of the adoption (open adoptions vs. closed adoptions). We provide you with experienced counselors who will help you create a plan that fits your wants and needs.

Once you’ve created a plan, you can now choose an adoptive family. With adoptive family profiles and personal counseling, our birth mothers are prepared to choose the family who she feels will best raise her child.

The last steps of the adoption process are delivery and post-delivery preparation. We make certain that you are provided with a birth parent coordinator that will surround you with love, support, and understanding during the entire pregnancy. After the birth, the baby is placed with the adoptive parents, and you have access to counseling and other services (like GED help) free to you. Some birth mothers choose to keep in contact with A Guardian Angel even years after the birth of the child. Whatever you feel is best for you, we will help you prepare for your life after the delivery.

What kind of contact can I have with my baby after placing them for adoption?

Some birth mothers want to have updates about the child as they grow including pictures and letters. This is called a semi-open adoption. Other birth mothers choose to have no contact with the adoptive family or the child after the adoption. This is called a closed adoption. The choice is totally up to the birth mother and should be made with great care.

This decision is made during the adoption plan stage of the process. Deciding on the relationship you want to have with the adoptive family during this phase prepares you to choose a family that feels similarly.

Adoptive Family FAQs

What are the first steps?

You will need to obtain a current home study from a licensed social worker in your home state. If you live in Utah we can provide you with that service. You will also need to download and print and complete the application forms that you will find on this web site. If you have any questions along the way please do not hesitate to call our staff. They are available to answer any application or adoption questions you may have.

What are the adoption requirements?

In order to be qualified to adopt with A Guardian Angel Adoptions, LLC, you must meet the following requirements as well as receive a favorable, current home study evaluation by a licensed social worker in your state.

  • Couples must be married for at least two years and have a stable marriage. Single parents are also accepted.
  • Couples should exhibit high moral standards, be emotionally stable, and have good parenting skills.
  • There is no age requirement. However, adoptive couples should be in good physical health and have a life expectancy long enough to raise their children.
  • Couples should have sufficient income to care for their family and also be able to provide medical and life insurances for the child’s protection.
  • Couples must clear criminal background and child abuse screenings.
  • Couples must have a favorable, current adoptive home study evaluation and be able to provide the agency with all other necessary documentation concerning their family circumstance.
  • Utah law does not allow placement with those cohabitating.

*Additional items may be required by your state

Is there financial assistance?

Financial assistance is available from many different sources. Most financial institutions do not understand the unique situation surrounding the adoption process, but we have worked with several companies over the years who have strived to meet each families individual needs. There are many choices available, but each one has their own unique set of guidelines and requirements. You will want to do your due diligence in searching and investigating these companies to ensure they will work with your individual situation.

A Guardian Angel does not recommend nor guarantee any result or approval from the various institutions. Again, we encourage you to do your own research and due diligence. Here is a list of assistance programs that we are aware of.

Can I choose the gender of the baby?

Our families are welcome to specify a preference on gender however, we can not guarantee that the ultrasound will be 100% accurate. We will do our best to determine gender by ultrasound but will not endanger birth mother or baby by using other means to determine gender. We would never want a family to walk out on a baby or birth mother because of a gender issue. If you are only open to one gender please only apply to stork situations where gender is already known.

Do we need an attorney?

If you are adopting in Utah you do not need to retain an attorney for finalization until just before you travel or just after you return home. We suggest that you petition the courts for adoption within the first month after your baby is born and your attorney will need to initiate that for you. We recommend using an American Academy of Adoption Attorney for your adoption.

How does the matching process work?

First, we gather all the necessary information about the case. This information consists of the application packet, the social summary, the State of Utah Non-Identifying social and medical information forms as well as case notes from the case manager and reports including a drug screen from our doctor. We then will post the situation on line for our families to view. Minimal information is posted to protect the privacy of the birth mother. If you are interested in hearing about the situation we will call you and review the information with you. We feel that it is important to have a conversation with you so that you can have your questions answered and make the best decision possible with the best information we have.

After all families have decided we will pull the profiles and make presentation to the birth mother. Once she makes a decision we will call you and let you know the outcome either way. The selected family will then be assigned a case manager we will usually have a conference call at this point in the process. Your case manager will host this call so you will not be alone.

What happens after the match?

After you are matched with your birth mother you will receive a matching packet by email. This pack will include information about traveling to Utah and what will happen when you get here. The packet contains information about housing as well as rental car agencies and so forth. You will also get a call from the financial director and she will go over the financial contract and obligations.

At this time you will also begin getting updates on your birth mother and baby a couple of times a week. Your case manager will stay in close contact with you until you travel to Utah. She will then meet you at the airport and walk you through the placement process.

How long will my stay in Utah be?

The typical stay is anywhere from 10 to 14 days.

Is there a revocation period?

No. Once the birth mother signs her paperwork there in no revocation period.

How long is the baby in the hospital? When can the birth mother sign away rights?

On a normal healthy newborn the stay is 48 hours. However, if the birth mother stays longer then baby will stay also. In Utah a birth mother can sign her paperwork 24 hours after delivery.

When is my adoption final?

You may finalize in Utah after 6 months. Check with your attorney in your state for their requirements.

I’m overwhelmed, can I get more specific information and help?

For prospective, adoptive parents, we recognize that the process can be very overwhelming.  In addition to our caring staff, who are readily available to assist in any way you need, we offer several specific services to facilitate your adoption and make sure that everything goes smoothly.

We also provide educational opportunities, interstate compact services, legal services, counseling, and many others. We can guide you to several financial assistance options, that various organizations have available, to cut down on the possible financial burden of adoption. We also work hard to make sure that your waiting periods are short and aren’t unnecessarily drawn out. Our goal is to help you adopt in months, rather than years.