Can I choose the adoptive family?
Yes you can. You can even decide the process for how you get to know the families approved for adoption. If you don't want to meet them, then you can review their family pictures and profiles. If you want to meet a family, then we will arrange a meeting for you and provide a staff member to help you. You do not have to choose a family if you are uncomfortable doing so; this step of the process is completely up to you.
Will it cost me any money?
No, there is no cost to the birth families for any services provided by the Miriam Project.
Can I see my baby after the adoption?
Yes, if it is planned for and agreed to prior to the adoption. We ask that each birth and adoptive family complete a Contact and Communication Agreement, which plans out the type and frequency of contact between the two families.
Is there financial help for me now?
Yes, we are able to help with your living expenses that are related to welfare and care of the unborn child. Typically, we can assist with medical bills, transportation to and from pre-natal care, maternity clothing, food and rent.
How late is too late to make an adoption plan?
It is never too late to make an adoption plan. We can work with you even after the child is born or while you are still in the hospital.
What about the baby's father?
The birth father also has legal rights related to your child. If he is a safe person for you, we would welcome the opportunity to meet him and get to know him. We can talk to him for you and/or with you. If you are not sure who the father is, we can still proceed with an adoption plan for your child.
What about pre-natal care?
If you are pregnant, we strongly encourage you to seek out pre-natal care. If you do not know where to go, we can provide information on facilities near your home. If you chose to not receive pre-natal care, we can still go through with an adoption plan.
What if I have used drugs or alcohol while I am pregnant?
We would encourage you to stop using any mood-altering chemicals or alcohol the moment that you believe that you are pregnant. We have adoptive families that understand that these substances may be a part of the child's history and they are still open to adoption.