- Your First Step
- The Adoption Advocate
- Legal Explanation
- Financial Assistance
- Choosing the Adoptive Parents
- Meeting With Adoptive Parents
- At the Hospital
- After the Baby Goes Home with the Adoptive Parents
Your first step is considering your options. You are viewing this website to explore the topic of adoption so you have already made that move. Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana is here to help you as you consider if placing your child is the right decision. Seeking information or help while you weigh your options does not obligate you to use our services or place your child. Please contact us to learn more about the adoption process:
- Call our toll-free number at 1-800-542-5245 or dial 502-585-4369 in the Louisville area
- Speak with a counselor after hours or text questions any time to 502-468-4290
- Email a counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our adoption advocates are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to provide services for pregnant women. When you call you will be matched with an advocate who will listen to you, discuss your options, and provide you with information. If you decide adoption is the right choice for you and your child, your counselor will continue to meet with you and be available throughout the adoption process and beyond. Your advocate will walk you through the following steps and more, be your support and keep your information private and confidential:
- Weighing options and resources
- Filling out Paperwork
- Meeting with Attorney/Legal Explanation of Your Rights
- Assisting with Medical Appointments
- Developing Your Adoption Plan
- Choosing Adoptive Parents
- Meeting the Adoptive Parents
- Support at the Hospital
- After Placement
Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana will hire an attorney to legally represent you for the adoption process, at no cost to you. The attorney can meet with you to fully explain how adoption law relates to your particular situation. The attorney will answer your legal questions, complete all the necessary paperwork and represent you in the adoption process.
We realize that you may have unexpected financial needs because you are pregnant. Your advocate will talk with you about financial needs and personal living expenses related to the pregnancy, the birth, and placement of your child for adoption. Financial assistance is available.
You have the right to choose the adoptive parents you would like to parent your child. You can look at profile books of adoptive parents with your advocate, who can answer additional questions. Some of our waiting adoptive parents have online profiles you can view on this website. If you don’t feel comfortable making a choice of adoptive parents, you can ask the agency to make this decision based on your preferences.
If you would like to meet the adoptive parents you have selected, your adoption advocate will arrange a meeting. The advocate will be at the meeting to make introductions and facilitate conversation about the pregnancy, the birth, and the nature of any future relationship between you and the adoptive parents. If all parties involved are satisfied with the meeting, the adoption process will move forward.
At the hospital, your priority is to safely deliver a healthy baby and begin to recuperate. Your advocate will be at the hospital with you for support and to help you complete your adoption plan. The adoptive parents will be involved as you have decided in your hospital plan.
The amount of contact you and the adoptive parents choose to have is a personal preference. Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana requires that all adoptive parents send pictures and progress letters four times during the first year, and on the child’s second and third birthdays. If you would like additional photos, letters, or contact, you and the adoptive parents can discuss further arrangements with your advocate as a part of your adoption plan. Open adoptions are most successful when expectations are clear and there is good communication.