- Is it too late for me to consider adoption for my baby?
- Do you only place babies?
- What is adoption?
- Why would someone choose adoption for their child?
- How can I prepare for the adoption?
- Can I choose the family for my baby?
- Do I have to choose the adoptive parents?
- Is adoption confidential? How much will the adoptive parents know about me?
- What is open adoption and how does it work?
- How will I know the baby is going to a good home?
- Can I see pictures or get updates even if I don’t choose an open adoption arrangement?
- Does the adoption cost me any money?
- Can I get financial assistance?
- What about the legal process?
- What happens after the adoption?
No. Adoption Bridges can assist you in placing your child if you are in the late stages of your pregnancy, on your way to the hospital, and even after you have already delivered. You can call us at 1-800-542-5245. After hours and on weekends we may be reached at (502) 468-4290. You can also tell the hospital staff that you would like Adoption Bridges to be contacted.
We are licensed to place children up to the age of five.
Adoption is defined as a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by birth.
The circumstances are different for every person faced with the decision. The one thing that is true for all is that it is a choice made out of love.
One way is to utilize your adoption counselor. Adoption Bridges of Kentucky provides birth parents with their own counselor. They are available to listen to your concerns, educate you about the process, and provide support. While our counselors do not make decisions for you, the counseling process can help you determine if choosing adoption is what is best for you and your baby.
Absolutely. Your counselor will show you profile books of waiting families to choose from. You may also wish to meet with the adoptive parents. Such meetings typically take place over a meal at a restaurant. Your counselor will attend to make introductions and help facilitate conversation.
If you would prefer not to choose, the agency can take any preferences you have into account and select adoptive parents based on your criteria.
Yes. We respect your privacy and confidentiality. While we provide adoptive parents with medical history, social and family history, legal situation regarding the adoption; etc, we do not give them any identifying information such as your last name, address or phone number. You may choose to share additional information if you would like.
Open adoptions involve relationships between the adoptive family and birth family and mutually agreed upon forms of communication. Some families write letters and send photos on a regular basis. Some e-mail, call or text. Some meet in person. The ways the parties communicate and the frequency of the contact varies depending on the individuals. Your counselor will discuss the topic of contact as you create your adoption plan. (ABOK asks all adoptive families to send photos through the child’s third birthday.)
ABOK carefully screens every applicant wanting to adopt a child. We require background checks, medical reports, personal references, credit references and additional documentation. We visit their home and thoroughly interview each applicant. Before we ever show the profile to any birth parent, the adoptive parents have been approved and have shown that they are able to provide a good home and physically, emotionally and financially assume the responsibility of parenting.
Yes. We ask all adoptive parents to send photos and update letters for the first three years of the child’s life. If you do not wish to have them sent to you at the scheduled times, the agency will keep them in a file in the event that you decide you would like them.
No. Services are provided at no cost to the birthparents. The expenses are generally paid through adoptive parent fees.
Financial assistance can be available for necessary living expenses or expenses related to the pregnancy, birth and placement of the child for adoption. Your counselor will review financial needs with you.
The agency hires a lawyer at no cost to you for the adoption process. Your lawyer fully explains your rights, answers your questions and provides you with all of the necessary legal paperwork for the adoption. Kentuckyrequires a court hearing called a termination of parental rights hearing. This is typically a brief hearing that usually takes place 30-90 days following the child’s birth or placement and depends on the specifics of your situation and the availability of the court. Your lawyer will attend with you and your counselor will be available for support as well.
You will always be the child’s birth mother and therefore play a very special role in his/her life. You can find comfort in the knowledge that he or she is growing up in the secure, loving environment that you chose. If you should find yourself having difficulty with your decision, Adoption Bridges is here to listen to your concerns and can provide counseling services to help you deal with the emotions you may experience following the adoption.