Your First Step
Your first step is considering your options. You are viewing this website to explore the topic of adoption. Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana is here to help you as you learn about the adoption process; explore your options and support you as you decide what you want to do. If you decide you want to parent we support that decision. Seeking information or help while you weigh your options does not obligate you to use our services or place your child. If you decide you want to place your child for adoption we want to assist you in developing your adoption plan. Please contact us to learn more about the adoption process.
Call or text our Birth Parent Hotline at 502-468-4290.
The Adoption Advocate
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 advocate 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:
- 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
- Support After Placement
Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana will offer 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 during your pregnancy. 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.
Finding Your Adoptive Family
You have the right to choose the adoptive parents you would like to parent your child. 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. This is your decision. Should you want to choose, the agency has adoptive parent profile books for you to review. We can answer most questions you may have. All adoptive parent profile books are families that have undergone health screens, background checks, financial exploration, home evaluations, and more to ensure they are a loving safe, stable and secure environment for your child. Some Adoptive Families have online profiles you can view on this website.
Meeting With Adoptive Parents
If you would like to meet the adoptive parents you have chosen from adoptive parent profile books, your advocate will arrange a meeting. Your advocate will facilitate the meeting. If all parties involved are satisfied with the meeting, the adoption process will move forward.
At the Hospital
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.
After the Hospital
The amount of contact you and the adoptive parents choose to have is a personal preference. You can select an open adoption, meaning you and the adoptive family have some contact, either temporarily or ongoing based on your preferences or you can choose to share minimal information which is typically considered a closed adoption.
Even if you select a closed adoption plan, Adoption Bridges of Kentuckiana asks all adoptive parents to send pictures and progress letters four times during the first year, and on the child’s second and third birthdays. We keep photos on file for you if you decide you are not ready to receive them at the present time. 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.