How we support birth parents and adoptive families through the adoption process:
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS) believes in the importance of preparing a prospective birth parent family and prospective adoptive families for the process of adoption. We do this by offering counseling services, hosting a comprehensive adoption information meeting, conducting a thorough adoptive family assessment, and providing educational seminars. These exchanges give prospective birth parents and families the opportunity to hear helpful information and allow them to ask pertinent questions.
PCHAS provides a safe, non-judgmental support system for prospective birth parents considering an adoption plan. We provide counseling services to ensure the best plan is made for their child. We are able to provide financial assistance based on the birth mother’s needs and within the context of what is allowed by standards and law. We will be available to offer support during her time of grief and will continue to provide counseling following placement of the child.
For adoptive families, we conduct an interview with prospective adoptive parents following an informational meeting to begin to understand what brings the family to adoption. We take it one step further by helping the family to see whether they are ready to love and accept a child who was not born to them. Once this decision has been made, we help them move through the family assessment process. Once this assessment is approved, we show the waiting family’s profiles to birth parents seeking an adoption plan. We participate in the “match meeting,” and we are often present during the birth of the child. Families will sign adoption paperwork with the agency and will be informed of the legal process along the way.