Pregnant and interested in adoption?
Facing the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy with looming financial and parenting responsibilities can be overwhelming. If this describes you we are here to listen to your questions and concerns. Call or text us any time, day or night, to talk about your concerns and options. You don’t have to do this alone. We want to support you during your pregnancy and discuss the various options you have so you can make the most informed choice for your situation. We believe adoption is an act of love if your circumstances inhibit you from parenting your child. We will walk with you through your pregnancy and support you as you make an adoption plan. We have committed Christian adoptive parents that can provide a stable, loving and hope-filled life for your child. We will help you find adoptive parents that are a good fit for you and your child.
Our commitment to you does not end with the birth and adoption of your child. Our services remain available as long as you need us.
We believe that adoption is a loving choice. We will work with you to develop an adoption plan that is right for you, your child, and the adoptive family. You have the option of developing a relationship with the adoptive family. We can help facilitate that relationship pre- and post-adoption, which can include exchanging of pictures and information or having direct contact after placement.
If you decide on a plan for adoption we can provide financial help with living expenses, pregnancy related medical expenses, lost wages due to pregnancy, and counseling as allowed under Indiana Law. Living costs include maternity clothes, food, cell phone coverage, transportation costs, rent, utilities, and other pregnancy related expenses. The financial help is to assure that you and your baby will be safe and healthy.
We provide pregnancy related transportation such as transportation to pre-natal physician appointments and to purchase maternity clothes and personal items. We can also provide bus passes and gas money for pregnancy related transportation.
We can help you find housing, pay a deposit and/or we can pay rent for an apartment of your choice within the financial limits allowed by Indiana Law. We can also pay utility deposits and utilities. In addition we can help you obtain furnishings for your apartment if needed.
Counseling Help & Other Services
We can provide pre- and post placement counseling to you. We know you may have many fears and concerns as you consider an adoption plan. Talking to a qualified counselor can be a great way to sort through your feelings and fears as you go through this uncertain time and we can refer you for private counseling with a qualified counselor of your choice. We also have women that have previously placed their child for adoption who are willing to talk to you. We would be happy to connect you if you would find this helpful.
Gateway Woods also has other opportunities available to help you. These ongoing programs include a program matching you with a mentor to help provide support for you, help you obtain employment and other basic living needs. We will do our best to support you, whatever your situation or need.
Does it cost to place my child for adoption?
There is no cost for you. With all the stress of the pregnancy we can help take away the stresses of worrying about your electric bill or other basic living costs.
I am not pregnant. I already have a baby or an older child. Can I choose Adoption?
Yes! By choosing private adoption, you will be able to choose a family, meet the family, and decide on the best adoption plan for you and your child or children. It is never too late to choose Adoption.
What if I am not sure about my adoption decision?
It is rare if a woman feels sure and normal to have very mixed feelings in this life-changing decision. We can talk to you and help you work through your options.
Can I choose a family for my baby?
You can choose an adoptive family after reviewing adoptive family profiles. The family profiles give you pictures and other information about the adoptive family such as why they want to adopt your baby, their personalities, hobbies and interests, education, occupations, their home, and Christian faith. You can choose a family that you feel is the best match for your child.
Will the family I choose be safe and good parents to my child?
We have done a thorough evaluation of the adoptive family as explained in the next section.
Will I be able to meet the prospective adoptive parents?
We will arrange a meeting with the prospective adoptive parents in a safe, supportive environment. Our worker will be present for your support. You will be able to ask the prospective adoptive parents any questions you have about their adopting and raising your child.
What happens after my baby is placed with adoptive parents?
We will work with you to develop an adoption plan that is best for you and your baby. Plans vary by the situation from a semi-open adoption providing you with pictures and information about your baby to an open adoption with direct contact with your child that is worked out between you and the adoptive parents in the best interest of your child.
How will I know my baby is safe and how my baby is doing in the adoptive home?
Our agency visits your child and the adoptive family in their home at least twice within the first year, in addition to frequent phone contact. We require that the adoptive family take your child to a pediatrician for medical exams and a developmental assessment. We help the adoptive family obtain evaluations from medical or child development specialists if there are any medical or developmental concerns and obtain any recommended services.
Where do I start?
Contact us by phone, text or e-mail at anytime to talk and ask any additional questions.
Finding the Right Family
Are the adoptive parents the right fit for my child? We evaluate each prospective family including extensive interviews with each family member and visit their home to see where your child will sleep, play and grow. We require that all of our families be committed Christians who will raise your child in a loving Christian home.