Birth Family Care
If we are to truly get to the root of the orphan crisis, we must address and care for families and their children. To only care for children is putting a bandaid on a much deeper issue, and can even promote unethical adoption practices.
But how do you care for birth families? How do you help adults so that they are able to parent their children in a safe environment?
The Archibald Project is here to give you researched information on ways to ethically get involved in all things orphan care and this page will specifically plug you in to supporting birth families.
Below you will find stories from brave birth families, ethical organizations to get involved with, and videos of birth family care to inspire and educate you on why caring for birth families will make a huge dent in ending the orphan crisis.
Join this movement with us.
BIRTH FAMILY STORIES
Birth Family Organizations
Here are organizations around the world that we have researched or worked with and trust to present to you. If you would like to get involved in birth family care, these organizations would be a great way!
Wanting to adopt but want to make sure the agency is sound and cares for your birth family? Here are some below that we have found to be trustworthy and have programs that ensure birth families are taken care of.
Catholic Social Services – Alaska
Pregnancy Support and Adoption Services of Catholic Social Services supports the tradition of family life by focusing its efforts on the vulnerability of children and the promotion of loving, safe, and permanent families through advocacy, education and support services. Our purpose is to find families for children, NOT children for families! Every child has the right
to be nurtured and loved despite circumstances that are beyond their control! Families are formed because of love, not just blood ties. Children are their own individuals, not just extensions of their birth families.
Adopt Triad – Colorado
Adopt Triad is here to assist birth parents who need to make adoption plans and find families who are prepared and excited and willing to be an option for them. We also assist families wanting to adopt a child, prepare and to advocate for that family during their adoption journey. Their birth family services include counseling for birth parents who need assistance in making
an adoption plan for their child, financial assistance for our birth parents, and
Heart to Home – Kentucky
Heart to Home hopes to accomplish two things - Place babies in good homes and help the placing parents before, during, and after the adoption. They commit to helping with the decisions that birth parents have to make, offering a variety of services that can give support.
Toll-free birthmother line 24-hours a day 7 days a week, confidentiality, support during birth of the baby, counseling, legal assistance, direct placement to new adoptive parents, and the opportunity to choose a relationship with your baby’s adoptive family.
Compact Family Services – Arkansas
COMPACT is a Christ-centered ministry to redeem the fatherless and family through compassion in action.
Compact Family Services' adoptions occur through the Highlands Maternity Home, which supports unwed, teenage mothers.
Highlands Maternity Home is dedicated to bringing hope and healing to young women facing an unplanned pregnancy and who have questions about their future. Highlands has helped more than 3,000 young women across the country by offering hope, healing, peace, joy, and a bright future.
Heart of Adoption – Florida
Heart of Adoptions primary mission is to create families through adoption.
However, they take this one step further
by ensuring that all of their clients: expectant parents, their children, and hopeful adoptive families, are treated
as individuals with unique needs,
situations, and emotions. They
believe in flexibility, respect, and confidentiality.
They make sure we find the perfect family willing to meet your requests.
All the Blessings Intl – Missouri
All Blessings International is a Christian non-profit organization and Hague accredited adoption agency that believes in the innate worth of every individual child and seeks to assist the children of the world by helping build families through adoption and providing humanitarian aide to children in need. It is this organization's firm belief that every child has a right to grow up in a family where he or she is loved, nurtured, protected and appreciated for his or her unique individuality.
Building Arizona Families – Arizona
Building Arizona Families offers financial, emotional, medical, and housing services to birth mothers in need. They understand what complications come with putting a child up for adoption and strive to be there for support.
I walked into the agency a mess, but know I will leave with confidence and success in bettering my life. Thank you to everyone at Building Arizona Families.
Adoptions of Indiana – Indiana
Adoptions of Indiana support birth families before, during, and after the adoption.
Before, they meet one-on-one and drive to wherever the birth families are, they meet with them every other week before the baby is born, and are available for life – meeting every week up to 6 months and offer monthly support groups and a Facebook page to communicate with each other.
Birth mothers have counseling before they decide to move forward with an adoption plan and independent counseling at the end of their pregnancy to help them prepare for placement of their baby.
Each birth mother is assigned a case manager that is available 24/7 to assist them with any of their needs, provide emotional support, make sure they get to the doctor, grocery store, etc. Beacon House provides an allowance that covers
a birth mothers' needs while she is recuperating after delivery.
Adoptions Together – Maryland
Adoptions Together offer in-person counseling, phone counseling, birth parents support groups, etc. Their hope is that a birth parent will stay connected with us throughout their adoption process, and through the length of their open adoption relationship with the adoptive family. It varies how much a birth parent will stay engaged with them.
A Gift of Hope – Missouri
A Gift of Hope provides pre placement and post placement counseling, an online support group membership for a year, which is moderated by other birth parents, so that they can have something outside of them if they want it. They also look up local resources and work with them on goals, i.e. filling out applications for school, finding a job, leaving a violent relationship, or whatever it was that caused them to decide adoption was necessary.
We offer counseling to birth families before and after the adoption. During the counseling sessions, we can help connect them with resources as well for free ultrasounds and/or additional needs. We also have a 24-hour text line for birth families to talk with our Birth Parent Case Manager at any time for support, resources, or questions.
Deaconess Pregnancy Options – Oklahoma
Birth families are able to receive free individual counseling and support as well as participate in a quarterly support group meeting. They are also able to assist birth mothers with living expenses. An Adoption Specialist is also available to be at the hospital with the birth family if they request it. Additionally, ongoing counseling is provided for as long as the client requests it. Women are also eligible to participate in a birth mother retreat that is held annually. They are also available to help mediate the relationship with the adoptive family.
Christian Homes & Family
Services – Texas
Christian Homes & Family Services' free maternity services include living expenses, medical care, legal services, and counseling to name just a few. Post adoption services include the same for a 6-8 week post-delivery period and then a post adoption counseling and emotional for the rest of her lifetime.
They describe it as having a friend for life.