Adoption Process

"My AAI caseworker was kind and considerate. She explained the process and helped me understand that I had choices. I realized that I was not giving up my baby – I was making a loving decision to place my baby for adoption."

You’re Pregnant – What Now?

A Step-By-Step Guide to an Adoption Plan for your Baby

Where Do I Begin?

Good question! It’s important to look at your options and decide what’s best for you and for your baby. Every woman and every situation is different, so only you can determine the best path to take.

Placing a child for adoption costs you absolutely nothing. All services we provide to you are free of charge. And, you don’t need an attorney – Adoption Associates takes care of all of the legal arrangements.

Do you need help covering living expenses? We may be able to help. Your caseworker will work with you to determine your needs and eligibility.

Who Do I Call?

Our caseworkers are available 24/7.

Call us toll-free at 616-667-0677  or text us at 248-283-4673. Once you are connected with a caseworker, she will be there for you throughout the adoption process.

Your caseworker will provide information and support, and she will be there for you as you decide if an adoption plan is the right choice for you and your baby.

Make a Plan

Your caseworker will help you make an adoption plan. Your plan will include your preferences for things like:

  • What type of family you’re looking for; if they have other children, if they share common interests with you, if they share your beliefs, etc.
  • Whether you want contact with the family and baby after adoption.
  • A hospital plan for when the baby is born. What will you be comfortable with?

The details of your adoption plan are choices you will make based on what you feel is right for you and your baby. Your caseworker will be there to support you and answer all of your questions.

Pick a Family

Choosing just the right adoptive family for your baby is a big decision!

After you’ve created your adoption plan, your caseworker will show you detailed information and pictures of qualified couples who may be a good match for you. We have many approved families waiting to be chosen.

You can decide if they are a good fit for you and your baby, and you can meet them if you want to. Then you can decide how much contact, if any, you would like to have with them after the adoption.

Birth of Baby

Your caseworker will be in regular contact with you throughout the process, and will be checking on you as baby’s due date gets closer. She will be available for you when you give birth and will handle all of the adoption details at the hospital.

Adoption Associates will take care of all of the legal aspects of the adoption. Your caseworker will assist you with the forms you need to complete in order to release or consent to the adoption so your baby can be placed with the family you’ve chosen.

Fresh Start

When you “give up a baby for adoption”, you are choosing to give your baby the gift of a loving family and a home. You are choosing life for your baby. A life filled with hopes and dreams and opportunity – the childhood you wish for your baby.

The agency will provide you with support, including meeting with your caseworker, participating in a support group, receiving outside counseling and connecting with other birth parent clients.

Getting Started

Talk to our caseworkers to decide if adoption is the best option for you and your baby.

What It Really Means to Make an Adoption Plan

The terminology that we hear so often, “give up a baby for adoption”, is not really giving up a baby.

In all reality, when you “give up a baby for adoption”, you are choosing to give your baby the gift of a loving family and a home. You are choosing life for your baby. A life filled with hopes and dreams and opportunity – the childhood you wish for your baby.

You Pick the Family

When you ‘give up’ your baby for adoption, you are actually making a choice to place your baby into a family that you select, get to know, and feel comfortable with. A family who will not only love and provide for your baby, but one who will keep you in your baby’s life, if that’s what you want. You can get pictures and updates as your baby grows, and even have visits together.

Placing your baby for adoption with an adoptive family is not an easy decision.

One of our compassionate and experienced adoption caseworkers will provide you with information, resources and support as you consider making an adoption plan. Talking with Adoption Associates about the possibility of adoption is completely confidential and there is no obligation. You have choices, and we are here to help you. Call us 24/7 at 616-667-0677  or send us a text at 248-283-4673.