Unplanned Pregnancy? We Can Help
If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and do not feel you are ready to parent, you may wish to consider adoption. We will be happy to discuss all options related to the pregnancy with you. If you do choose adoption, our agency provides each birth mother with her own personal birth parent counselor who guides you through the journey. Most importantly, she can talk to you and listen to your feelings while going through the journey of adoption.
We would love to answer any of your questions about our program, and to assist you in making an adoption plan that will work for you.
Our Birth Mother Services
The health and safety of mother and child is of the utmost importance. Your Birth Parent counselor will assist you in finding pre-natal care and arranging transportation to and from your appointments.
Nevada law allows for appropriate and reasonable living expenses during your pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Your Birth Parent counselor will help you develop a budget to cover the approved expenses to assist you during your pregnancy and post-partum recovery.
Nevada law allows for appropriate and reasonable living expenses during your pregnancy and post-partum recovery. We want you to feel safe and secure in your living situation and help provide shelter to you and your family. Your Birth Parent counselor will help you in determining the help you may need to assist with paying your rent during your pregnancy and post-partum recovery.
We understand how important it is to take care of yourself during your pregnancy. Your Birth Parent counselor will help you with appropriate transportation needs during your pregnancy and post-partum recovery. This could include, but is not limited to, transportation to: Doctor, Medicaid, SNAP, etc.
Your Birth Parent Counselor will walk with you every step of the way on your adoption journey. She will meet with you one on one to help make the process as clear and easy as possible. She will assist you in making a plan of adoption that is special to you. The agency has a Birth Parent Support Group that meets regularly where you can talk with other Birth Parents who have made a plan of adoption. You may attend these meetings for as long as you would like.
Apply for SNAP – Nevada Division of Welfare & Supportive: dwss.nv.gov/SNAPApply.html
National Planned Parenthood Website: plannedparenthood.org
Nevada Health Link: nevadahealthlink.com
Food Stamps – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: fns.usda.gov/snap/
Clark County, Nevada – Official Site: clarkcountynv.gov
Social Services Homepage – Washoe County, Nevada: washoecounty.us/socsrv
Washoe County, Nevada – Official Site: washoecounty.us
The Rape Crisis Center Las Vegas: therapecrisiscenter.org
Answers to Common Questions
Why choose adoption?
The choice of adoption is a positive alternative to an unplanned pregnancy. An adoption decision can be difficult to make on your own. The agency will be there to provide support, information and pregnancy related counseling so you can make the best decision for you and your family.
Why Choose A Local Agency
Our agency has 3 local offices. Each local office has experienced adoption caseworker who will guide you throughout the entire adoption process. Your local adoption caseworker is important to be able to assist with community resources such as: Medicaid, SNAP, Doctor, Hospital, financial services and Transportation. Each adoption caseworker knows Nevada laws regarding adoption which prevents last minute complications.
Can I choose and meet the adoptive family?
YES! You have the option of selecting the adoptive family. Each family makes a picture profile, which is a mini-scrap book that tells you about their lives. All prospective adoptive families are extensively screened. They must complete a very in-depth home study investigation prior to be approved as potential adoptive parents.
If you wish, the adoptive family you’ve selected can come meet you before the baby is born. You can have as much or as little of a relationship with the adoptive family as you would like.
Will the agency help me with living and medical expenses?
The choice of adoption is always at no cost to the birth parent. Nevada law allows the agency to help with pregnancy related expenses and medical costs. If needed, the agency will assist you with your applications for Medicaid, SNAP and WIC. The portion of the medical expenses not covered by private insurance or by state funds will be provided by the adoptive family.
We understand how important it is for you to stay healthy and well taken care of during your pregnancy. Your case worker will be available to assist you with all medical appointments, transportation and pregnancy related expenses.
Will I have to find my own attorney to sign my relinquishment documents?
The agency believes that all birth parents should have their own legal counsel when placing their child for adoption. We will help you find an attorney who can answer all your questions, review all your relinquishment paperwork and documents, and counsel you making sure adoption is the right choice for you and your child.
Can I have an Open Adoption?
Adoption is a shared gift of love between two families. Ongoing correspondence is definitely an option for you as a birth parent. Openness in adoption is a continuum and no single arrangement is right for everyone. Your assigned caseworker will discuss with you Semi-Open, Open or Closed adoptions.
Can I meet with an agency representative to discuss my options in a confidential setting?
We have local offices in Reno and Las Vegas and caseworker available in all other areas of Nevada. Our agency staff is always willing to discuss any adoption related issues with you at a location of your choice. All communication is confidential by law and practice.
What rights does a Birth Father have in an adoption plan?
Birth Father’s have legal rights and responsibilities pertaining to adoption in Nevada. Our agency staff is always willing to discuss any adoption related issues with you at a location of your choice. All communication is confidential by law and practice.
Birth Mother Stories
“Even the way the Adoption Choices staff talked about adoption was supportive of my choices, I was making a plan for my child, not giving him up.” – Jessica R.