Adoption Resources & Support for Birthparents
At IAC we understand this can be a difficult time for you. This is why we have compiled some of the best resources for you to make sure you are healthy and safe.
- Prenatal Care
- Drug & Alcohol use
- Domestic Violence
- Safe Surrender
- Birthmother Peer Support
- For Birthfathers
- For Grandparents
No matter how far along in your pregnancy you are it is important to get regular prenatal care. Whether you have insurance or not, you can get quality medical care to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Click on the links below to find prenatal care and state funded health insurance in your area:
Planned Parenthood provides high quality prenatal care. Find a location near you.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
State by state directory of Health Departments
Federally funded food and nutrition program for pregnant women and women with small children.
California Prenatal Care Program for low and middle-income women
DRUG & ALCOHOL USE
It is estimated that 6% of women use illegal drugs during their pregnancy. Although the use of illegal drugs is never a part of a healthy pregnancy, the Independent Adoption Center understands and has experience working with women who use illegal drugs recreationally, or who are addicted to illegal drugs and use throughout their pregnancy.
The American Council for Drug Education provides an information site to learn more about the use of illegal drugs during pregnancy.
To learn more about drug addiction ask your health care provider or search for professional help in your area:
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Service
(800) 663-HELP (800-662-4357)
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
(800) NCA-CALL (800-622-2255)
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that 324,000 pregnant women are victims of domestic violence every year. If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone who is, please contact one of the following resources for support:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Runaway Switchboard
47 states currently support a “Safe Surrender” or “Safe Haven” law that allows a parent or person with lawful custody to surrender a baby confidentially to a Safe Surrender site, without fear of arrest or prosecution for child abandonment.
Safe surrender sites include hospital emergency rooms and state and county fire departments. To find out more about the laws in your state please visit http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/safehaven.cfm.
BIRTHMOTHER PEER SUPPORT
I Heart Adoption Social Network is IAC's social support website for birthparents. You can chat with other women who have or are considering adoption, post stories, photos, and more.
IACs Online Forums is another place to talk with people who understand what you are going through.
Birthmom Buds is an organization dedicated to peer support through the adoption process. Get support and make new friends.
As a birthfather, you have the right to make an informed choice about what will happen with your baby. The IAC has nearly 30 years helping men navigate the adoption process.
As a grandparent you may be wondering how you fit into an open adoption. You may be wondering why your child would even choose to plan an open adoption. For every open adoption there are loving and caring birth family members who need just as much support as the birthparents.
The Independent Adoption Center has 30 years of experience facilitating healthy open adoptions. Additionally, our professional counselors are available to provide information and support to birth grandparents.