1. What are my Options?
Considering Your Options Takes Courage and Love
Your unselfish decision to give your precious child life is truly an Act of Love. In planning for you and your child’s future, you are showing great responsibility and courage. As you consider your options only you know what is right for your baby. Most women become more confident with their decision to place their baby for adoption as they are able to ask questions, meet with a counselor, select an adoptive family and have their needs met. Making the decision to place your child for adoption is an important decision and you should feel comfortable with the adoption professionals that you choose. Your adoption planning can begin at any time during your pregnancy or even after the birth of your child. The courageous steps you are taking show how deeply you love your baby. Giving your baby life will bring great joy to a family that is waiting with open arms and provide your child with many wonderful opportunities to grow and be loved. Making an adoption plan can also help you achieve your dreams and plans. As we assist you throughout your adoption process and pregnancy, we offer our friendship that is also symbolized by the daisies throughout our information. Our counselors, coordinators and experienced staff understand that planning for your child’s future is an important, emotional decision and pledge to be here for you as an adoption professional and friend.
“Act of Love has a wonderful service for people that can’t have children or financially support one. We had a great experience with them and made great friends along the way. We Love everyone there! They make you feel like you are one big family! And everyone is very supportive! God Bless you all at Act of Love, you are doing amazing things for all the right reasons!!!! Thank you Act of Love!!!!!” Birth Mother K and Birth Father J
2. Who can support my needs?
Compassionate and Knowledgeable Staff – 24 Hours Day/7 Days a Week
It is likely that you have many questions and will want to speak with someone who understands the adoption process and to listen to how you might be feeling. Choosing Act of Love provides you with a staff that is lead by a progressive and compassionate CEO and Founder and staff composed of adoptive parents, birth parents, adoptees and staff members with many years of adoption related experience. You can make contact with our staff by telephone, email or text 24 hours a day/7 days a week (Including Holidays). Our staff is available to you at anytime of the day or night. Contacting our staff will not obligate you to an adoption plan, but provide you with options regarding your pregnancy.
Call – 1-800-835-6360
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Text – 801-450-0094
“Everyone at Act of Love was very helpful, no matter the reason I called, or what time of day or night. I was always treated with care and respect. I was given a lot of helpful information on options and received what I asked for quickly. My coordinator, Jessica, answered me promptly, no matter what time I needed her. She was amazing in meeting my needs and my kids needs. My counselor gave me help on how to cope with problems I may have in the future and helped me with community resources. She offered counseling in the future when I may need it. I felt protected. I hope to someday come back and volunteer and work for A Act of Love. I felt like I had a family with me thru the whole process.” Birth Mom Christina
3. How can my needs be met?
Meeting your Needs/Going the Extra Mile
Our loving staff is available to listen to your needs, as well as provide full adoption services: counseling, housing, pregnancy related living expenses, relocation, medical, financial, and legal assistance, and other services related to pregnancy, community and education resources. Each of us will go the extra mile for you. The staff at Act of Love lives and loves adoption. Our passion for adoption is shown each day as we work individually with every person that chooses Act of Love.
4. How do I get started?
We can send you our information through regular mail, email or fax. The information and application process are to help you make the best adoption plan for you and your baby. We will provide a postage paid envelope for you to return the application. Along with the application, we will need a proof of pregnancy so we can begin planning for your adoption. Your information will be confidential and our trusted staff will care for you and love you through the process.
5. What is available to me?
Your Comfort and Meeting Your Needs
Once the application process has been completed, our social and case work team can help you make a plan that will be comfortable for you and meet your needs. We will be able to assist you in your home state with an adoption plan tailored to meet your needs or you can relocate to Utah to receive personal care and attention with your adoption plan.
6. When do I create my adoption plan?
Getting Settled and Creating Your Adoption Plan
You will begin receiving pregnancy counseling immediately, visit a doctor to care for you and your baby’s medical needs and talk frequently with your coordinator to help with any questions or needs. Your needs may include items such as; transportation, phone, housing, utilities, food, pregnancy clothing, medical and legal assistance and other services related to pregnancy. Once your immediate needs have been met and you are feeling comfortable, you will begin creating an adoption plan of your choice that will best fit your situation.
7. Will I select my adoptive family?
Selecting Your Adoptive Family and Contact After Placement
If you choose, you can begin reviewing adoptive family profiles, interviewing and speaking with families in person, on the phone or through Skype and finally selecting the adoptive family that is right for your baby. You will create a contact plan for after placement that will be best for you. It may include pictures, letters, phone calls, emails and/or visits. Act of Love will assist with your correspondence through the agency.
“It’s been 7 years since I placed my baby for adoption. I thank you so much for the awesome support. I had a hard time at first meeting the adoptive parents at first. I didn’t want to change my mind. I knew this is what was best for my baby. I kept in contact with them throughout the years. This weekend they came to my hometown and I was able to meet them. They are awesome. I couldn’t have picked better parents then I did. My baby is blessed to have them. My heart feels eased now that i was able to hug them and thank them for all they do. I thank A Act of Love for helping me find them.” Happy Birth Mom
8. What will happen at the hospital?
Creating Your Hospital Plan
Your counselor will help you create a hospital plan that will provide the environment you wish as you delivery your baby, say hello to your sweet, precious baby and place your baby in the loving arms of the adoptive family. You may wish to have the adoptive family at the hospital delivery room or waiting near the nursery. You can decide if you would like the baby in the room with you or if you want to visit at the nursery. The time you spend with the adoptive family in the hospital can be a wonderful time of bonding and building a relationship or you may choose to spend time with them following discharge. Discharging the baby can usually happen with your discharge or you can choose the agency to discharge the baby with the adoptive family. This plan can be created right away or the pieces may come together as you work through the last days of your pregnancy. Regardless of your decisions, you have the option to make changes at anytime.
9. What happens after placement?
Taking Care of You
Following the delivery and relinquishment of your baby, depending on the plan you created, you may receive assistance for your confinement period (usually 6 weeks following delivery). We believe that it is important for you to begin moving forward with your life and finding a happy, stable plan for yourself. The adoptive family can help to provide you with housing, food and utilities so you can recover from your delivery and start the plans for your future. You will have the support and counseling from the Act of Love staff as you start the path to your recovery.
10. Do I have choices?
As a birth parent, you will have our dedicated support and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible throughout your pregnancy. We feel you can make the best decision for the placement of your precious child by being informed about your options. Our staff is not here to make the decisions for you; rather, we will support the decisions and choices you make concerning your adoption. You can choose your level of openness, adoptive family and create your hospital and post-adoption plan.
“I just wanted to thank you for the help you have rendered to my family and I. I am very appreciative of everything you and your staff has done and will do in the future. I will forever be grateful for your services. You have definitely touched my soul and will always be in my heart! The times we have shared are precious and will always be remembered and I will surely recommend A Act of Love to anyone that is in need of a caring staff to help find a deserving child a quality home with loving parents!! Thank you!” Birth Father D
11. What should I expect?
Individuality, Respect and Appreciation
Act of Love serves and cares for each individual. We want you to feel welcome, respected and appreciated. We are people you can trust and we will always be here to support you. We promise to do our best throughout your pregnancy and the adoption process you choose. We welcome you with open arms and extend our love and support to you.
“To everyone at Act of Love, It is an extraordinary honor to have worked with you guys. I feel that I have gained a family through you guys- something I feel I never really had before. You also have given me a family with my adoptive family. The kindness you showed me when I learned about my pregnancy is what swayed my decision to place my baby for adoption. All of you showed such generosity and love. I will be eternally grateful for you guys. I am so glad I chose adoption. My baby boy is so beautiful, and I love him so much. Please be aware that your kindness can save lives!!! I love you all!!” Birth Mom DM