Pregnancy & Birth Parent Services
Are you or your partner pregnant or feeling overwhelmed with parenting and in need of support? We are here to help you.
A caring, supportive social worker will assist you in exploring all options so you can make the informed decision that is best for you and your baby.
We offer pregnancy & birth parent counseling to:
- Help to clarify your options
- Help you communicate your feelings
- Provide you with a safe environment for making your choice
- Offer you support in your decision
- Answer all of your questions
How We Help
We offer confidential counseling services statewide free of charge and without obligation to you, the birth parent(s). Our focus is to provide support, assistance, and information to aid you in creating a positive plan that best suits you and your child’s needs. If you decide to parent, we will assist you in finding support services and community resources to help you carry out your plan. If you find yourself unprepared or unable to parent, we can help you make an adoption plan for your child.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I be involved in selecting an adoptive family for my child?
YES. You decide what level of involvement you want to have in the selection process.
Can I meet the adoptive parents?
YES. If you are interested in meeting the adoptive couple that you selected, you may do so prior to the birth and/or just after the birth.
Will I be able to know how my child is doing throughout the years?
YES. The Maine Children’s Home requests that all adoptive parents provide us with annual progress updates on the child until he or she reaches the age of 18.
If I am unsure about the plan I chose, can I change my mind?
YES. Most of the people we talk to about adoption haven’t made up their minds when they first contact us. You are entitled to change your mind at any time throughout the adoption process until the Surrender and Release has been signed and the three-day waiting period has passed.
Can my baby go home from the hospital with the adoptive parents?
YES. You may have the option of having your child placed with the adoptive couple upon discharge from the hospital.
Can the birth father be involved in making a plan?
YES. If the birth father would like to be involved in the plan, he is more than welcome. If you have not told the birth father about the pregnancy, we can help you contact the father and talk with him about your plan, or we can talk to him for you.
Are counseling services available to me after my baby is adopted?
YES. Birth parent counselors will continue to provide counseling services to you and/or the birth father following the adoption if you so desire.
We at The Maine Children’s Home are proud of the caring, professional and experienced staff on our campus. Feel free to contact us using the form below if you have any questions or want more information. For more information on our pregnancy & birth parent services or other services that may be available to you, email or call us at 207-873-6350.