Knowing who to call in the case of an emergency is very important. Emergency phone numbers can be posted on your fridge or programmed into your cell phone for quick and easy access. During the home study interviews, your social worker will ask you questions about your preparedness and parenting abilities. Before the adoption is finalized, they want to make sure you are well-equipped and can provide the best future for your child. This includes what your plan for emergencies are, and how to respond to them.
Home Study Preparation
A list or chart of some sort can help organize the important phone numbers to know in an emergency. Keeping it all easy to understand is essential. This will lessen the panic and risk of injury when there’s an emergent issue happening. Especially if the situation is time-sensitive.
When your child is old enough, having this system in place will be beneficial as well. Teaching them how to respond to emergencies is the mark of a good and responsible parent, and passes that down to them. As a frequent babysitter of my own siblings and other parents’ children, it was amazing having the list of emergency phone numbers handy for just in case. Had it not been for that, or prior First Aid training, I wouldn’t have known what to do or who to call.
Know Who to Call
Common emergency phone numbers include: poison control, family doctor, nearest hospital, parent or closest relative, and, of course, 911. A strong relationship with a neighbor is helpful, too, if your child can’t reach anyone, is too scared or doesn’t know for sure who to call.
Make sure that everyone is aware of the emergency phone number list at all times, and how to use them properly. Check that you’re able to clearly explain how to properly use the phone list in an emergency. Responders are available 24/7 to assist, but improper training can lead to wasting their time, or blocking the phone lines from someone who truly needs their help.
Adoption Choices of Nevada
If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact, Adoption Choices of Nevada. You may visit the website here or contact us by 775-825-4673 (Reno Office) or 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas Office). Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm PST.
Make an Impact
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
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