Domestic Infant Adoption
Birthmothers contact HAPS through referrals from hospitals, schools, attorneys and other networking sources. Once a birthmother has contacted our agency and decided to place her child for adoption, we work diligently to provide the best services for all members of the adoption triad, especially for the child who is always our primary client.
Finding a Birthmother: HAPS utilizes networking with hospitals, attorneys and other sources. Adoptive parents are also encouraged to advertise and are provided with resources to assist with this aspect of the process.
Birthmother Referral: Part of the services provided by our agency is to screen and accept appropriate birthparent referrals and to obtain pregnancy confirmation. Once a birthparent is identified, portfolios are presented to her, if requested.
Services Provided To Birthmother: HAPS will initiate adoption services which will include a minimum of 3 face-to-face options counseling sessions on separate days with the birthmother (NJAC 10:12A-5.4). These sessions are conducted to evaluate the birthmother’s emotional and physical state regarding her ability to make decisions for permanency planning for her child. The Social Worker will discuss options and provide adoption counseling, obtain releases for all medical/hospital records, take social and medical history, and initiate contact with the hospital to determine hospital policies surrounding adoption and adoptive parents’ presence at birth and visitations. The Social Worker will also coordinate the birthparents terminating their rights which under New Jersey law, for agency adoptions, cannot occur less than 72 hours after the birth of the child.
Services Provided To Birthfather: If the birthfather is known and available, our agency will provide him with the opportunity for face-to-face meetings and counseling. The Social Worker will obtain social and medical history.