Q: I don’t live near any of your office locations in Austin, Houston, Wichita Falls or Dallas. Can I still contact you and potentially be served by PCHAS staff?
A: Of course. We serve the entire state of Texas. Please contact the office closest to you.
Q: What type of services do you offer to birth parents?
A: We are here to help you as you make the most important decision for your child. PCHAS can support you and your child according to your needs with services such as counseling, confidentiality, financial assistance, medical care and other expenses, legal assistance and proper process under Texas law and more.
Q: What is an open adoption?
A: Openness in adoption means creating and maintaining a relationship between birth parents and their adoptive families. It is important to understand its meaning and how it can work for all members of the adoption triad (the child, the birth parents, and the adoptive family).
While most adoptions today are open, in the past, the records were usually sealed. Adults who were adopted as children often ask us to help them search for and reunite them with their birth parents. This process involves counseling for all parties. In a typical year, we help more than 100 families in the Search and Reunion program.
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Q: What is a voluntary adoption?
A: Voluntary adoption is what you typically think of when seeking to adopt a newborn. It is called “voluntary” in that a birth parent makes the choice to place her child in adoption through this program. Adoptive families are chosen by the birth parent, and these members of the adoption triad begin to build a relationship. From this relationship, a specific type of openness agreement is formed.
In addition, this type of adoption is suitable for families seeking to adopt a newborn and who do not feel prepared to parent a child who has been placed through the child protective system.
Q: How do I begin the process of selecting an adoptive family?
A: Counseling begins the moment you contact us. We are ready to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to discuss adoption, we then walk you through the process of choosing an adoptive family for your child. This journey to finding a family is accompanied by counseling services provided to birth parents and adoptive families throughout the process.
By understanding all of the options available to you, you are able to make an informed decision and identify what is important in an adoptive family. You will have the chance to read adoptive family profiles created by the waiting parents.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Service (PCHAS) adoption specialists listen to your wishes, concerns and needs. You, as a birth parent, are our priority, first and foremost. Once you have found an adoptive family you would like to meet, you will have the opportunity to get to know them with a “match meeting” facilitated by an adoption specialist. Your adoption specialist will also be present to mediate this exciting occasion. This initial contact allows the birth parents and adoptive families to begin exploring the type of open adoption they would like to pursue. Learn more about openness in adoption.
For additional answers to any questions you may have or to speak to one of our adoption specialists, contact us today.