24-Hour Adoption Hotline for Counseling and Support
Unplanned pregnancy and adoption can be emotionally challenging experiences, and you may be feeling overwhelmed by a complex mix of uncertainty, fear, and confusion. FCCA can help.
When you make an adoption plan with FCCA, your social worker will always be available to provide the adoption counseling you need through our 24/7 adoption hotline.
What Exactly is Adoption Counseling?
Adoption counseling is a broad term used to describe the education, guidance and support we offer to all women who contact us, regardless of where they are in their process. This includes women who are unsure whether adoption is right for them, as well as the women who are in the middle of their adoption plans.
So, if you are in your decision making process and decide to contact FCCA, all of your options — not just adoption — are fully explained and explored. No birth parent is ever pressured to make an adoption plan, or to select a particular family for the child.
While you may not feel like you need adoption counseling, there are many reasons to consider taking advantage of this free service. With adoption counseling, you can:
- Explore all of your options. FCCA provides pregnancy counseling to help you explore all of your options, so you can feel completely confident that adoption is the right choice for you.
- Have a guide through the adoption process. Your adoption social worker will provide general case management services to help you navigate each step of the adoption process and ensure you have the services you need.
- Receive individualized support. Everyone experiences grief and loss in their own way, and your social worker will provide as much or as little support as you need, whenever you need it.
- Get a professional perspective. Your social worker has worked with dozens of adoptive parents and other women in your shoes. She or he can offer this expertise when you have questions or just need someone to talk to.
- Choose the perfect adoptive family. You will have an opportunity to review several families’ adoption profiles as you search for the perfect parents for your child. Your adoption social worker can provide additional information about these families and help you determine the types of adoption situations you are willing to consider.
- Build a relationship with the adoptive parents. You can work with your adoption social worker to get to know the adoptive parents and develop the type of relationship you want to have with them before and after the adoption.
- Ensure your financial needs are met. Your adoption social worker will facilitate living and medical expenses for you based on your circumstances.
- Process grief and loss in a healthy way. Most birth parents experience some difficult feelings during and after the adoption process. Having an experienced and compassionate social worker to lean on can help you through the grieving process.
- Benefit from ongoing support. Even after the adoption process is complete, your social worker can continue to provide the support and services you need.
All of these services — and more — are always available to you over the phone or in person at an FCCA office near you.
It is up to you to decide how much adoption counseling you need; some women touch base with their FCCA social worker through each step of the process, while others reach out only when they have a question or are facing a tough decision. Some women want the extra assurance of talking to an independent lawyer who will explain the legal rights and responsibilities of placing a child for adoption. Whatever your thoughts and feelings may be, our goal is to fully support you as you explore your options, so we can ensure that you are confident and happy with whatever decision you make.
FCCA will provide or arrange for all non-medical services related to your adoption at no cost to you. If talking to an independent lawyer or licensed mental health counselor will help you during this time, those costs will be covered by FCCA or the adoptive parents as part of the adoption plan.
If you are searching for adoption counseling in California, complete a confidential inquiry or call us any time at 844-77-ADOPT to learn more about our support services. Your call is confidential and does not obligate you to proceed with an adoption plan.