Birth Parent Representation
We provide representation to birth parents in New York and New Jersey. If you are out of state, you will be entitled to independent representation by an attorney in your home state.
How can an adoption attorney help me?
Why should I talk to an adoption attorney if I’m considering adoption?
- Private placement adoption: You and the prospective adoptive parents each have your own attorneys (at no cost to you) and the placement is made by you directly to the family you select.
- Agency adoption: A licensed private adoption agency (this is not the same as a state agency involved in the foster care system) provides services to you and the prospective adoptive parents. You would place the baby with the agency, which would then place your child with the family you select.
How can I find out about potential adoptive parents and select the family?
- Potential adoptive families create a profile letter about themselves, which includes text and pictures for you to review. In addition, many create their own websites and link them to adoption websites, and/or Facebook. Some place classified ads in newspapers, or ads online. You can communicate directly with these potential adoptive parents to see which family feels like the right choice for your baby. Your attorney will confirm whether these families are legally qualified to adopt.
- You can retain an adoption attorney to represent you as you consider your options, including assisting you in finding potential adoptive families who meet your vision of the family who you would like to raise your child.
- You can “surf the web”. There are groups on Facebook and other social media channels where you will find families searching for a prospective birthmother match. There are also adoption family matching sites like adoption.com and adoptimist.com where you can view and contact a wide variety of families searching to make adoption plans with you.
- You can contact a licensed private adoption agency for services, including providing you with profiles of their waiting families.
How do I make an adoption plan once I select the prospective adoptive family?
- A closed, semi-open, or open relationship with the prospective adoptive parents
- Prenatal care
- Counseling (Many birth parents have found it helpful to speak with a counselor about whether to make an adoption plan. Additional counseling once you have made a plan provides support for the emotional aspects of adoption.)
- Living expense assistance
- Hospital wishes and birth plan
How do my parental rights end?
How do I find out how my baby is developing throughout the years if I choose adoption?
We’re here for you. Please reach out.
As adoption and reproductive law attorneys, The Law Offices of Laurie B. Goldheim serve as a primary resource, counsel and partner to clients who seek to grow their families by contemporary means and methods, as recognized by the courts of New York and New Jersey.