Birth Mothers FAQ

Stuart & Blackwell is one of the leading Phoenix area law firms dedicated to assisting women in creating a personalized adoption plan based solely on what is important to you. Our contracted birth mother counselors are adept problem solvers and supporters who are available to you at no charge, to speak with and to confide in. We are proud of the wonderful pre-screened and certified adoptive families we have for you to consider and provide immediate assistance with living expenses, housing, medical, legal, and counseling needs.

We offer every type of adoption plan from closed to open and everything in between to ensure that you make all decisions concerning your adoption plan. 

What about the birth father?

If the father of your baby knows that you are pregnant and is supportive of the adoption, he can be as involved in the process as you would like. If he is not supportive of the adoption, nor supportive of you and your pregnancy, then we can work with you in terminating his rights.

Can I have counseling?

Yes, you can see a counselor of your choice or we can refer a counselor to you. Your adoptive family will pay for the counselor’s fees.

Does this cost me anything?

No! There is no cost to you for the adoption. Your adoptive family will pay for any costs related to the adoption process.

Can I choose my adoptive parents?

Yes! You may choose your adoptive parents. You tell us what is important to you in a family (i.e., race, religion, age, other children, etc.) and we will present profiles of families that match what you are looking for. We have excellent families from all over the country. We’ll help you find just the right one for your baby.

What happens before the baby is born?

Once you choose a family and you are sure about them, it is considered a “match.” You will most likely speak with your adoptive family on a regular basis until the baby is born. If you would like to meet with your adoptive family and spend time getting to know them, you may do so. You will continue seeing your doctor and taking care of yourself.

What happens when I go into labor?

If you go into labor and have not selected a family yet, it is okay. You will need to call our office. We will have a family at the hospital as soon as possible. The baby will not be without adoptive parents. If you have selected a family prior to going into labor, you will need to call them as well as our office to let us know. You and your adoptive family should have already made arrangements for the hospital. They will come to the hospital as agreed and we will be in contact with you there.

What happens after the baby is born?

After the baby is born you will most likely remain in the hospital for 12-24 hours before you are released. The adoptive family will be at the hospital with your baby and if you would like to see your baby and spend time with him or her that is o.k. You need to let everyone know what you are most comfortable with at the hospital. We can help you create a hospital plan in advance to help with this. The hospital social worker will meet with you to sign a birth certificate and hospital release form. We will make sure you have transportation home and your baby will go home from the hospital with the adoptive family. We will have already made arrangements with your adoptive family regarding contact after the baby is born (i.e. phone calls, pictures, letters, etc.) and those will start immediately. You will meet with your attorney a day or two later to sign the official adoption consent and other affidavits. These cannot be signed until your baby is at least 72 hours old.

Will anybody find out about the adoption?

No! Everything is confidential through Stuart & Blackwell. If you do not want your family or friends to know, that is your choice. You may tell whoever you want, it is not up to us to do so.

Will my child go to the county or foster care?

No! When you work with Stuart & Blackwell, your child will go home directly with the adoptive family.

Where are you located?

Our office is located in Tempe Arizona. However, if transportation is a problem, we can come to you.

Call us if you have any questions!

480-420-2900 or staff@stuartandblackwell.com

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