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Birthmother FAQs

We know you have questions, and we’re here to give you information to guide you through this journey. 

Why should I choose New Beginnings?

Because we are professional, yet personable and loving. We are here to hold your hand throughout the process.

Does New Beginnings offer financial assistance?

We do! We understand every situation is unique. We can assist with living expenses such as housing, clothing, groceries, utilities, transportation and phone bills.

What am I financially responsible for?

Absolutely nothing! New Beginnings will cover all adoption expenses,including medical and legal fees.

How do I know that my child will be safe and secure?

All of our waiting families have been thoroughly vetted. Every family has to complete background checks, provide medical exams from a healthcare provider, submit references for reference checks, complete multiple visits with a social worker which includes a walkthrough of their home and entire

Can I choose the adoptive family?

Yes, you absolutely can! You are in the driver’s seat when it comes to your adoption plan. We will provide you with profile books to look through and choose a family from, when you’re ready.

Is an agency adoption the same as foster care?

No, not even close. New Beginnings is not affiliated with the State’s Department of Human Services or Child Protective Services. We are able to provide your child with stability from day one. There is no chance of your baby being bounced around from home to home.

What does the legal process look like, and do I need an attorney?

By law in Mississippi, you cannot sign any legal documents until 72 hours after your baby is born. New Beginnings will provide you with your own attorney to make sure you are heard and in complete agreeance with your plan. After the 72 hours, you will privately meet with your caseworker and sign your voluntarily surrender of parental rights and consent to the adoption.

What about the birth father and his rights?

He does have rights, but those vary based on the state where your child is born. However, if you do not have a comfortable relationship with him, we will be glad to handle that area of the adoption process for you.

What does the hospital experience look like?

This is completely up to you. You and your caseworker will create a detailed hospital plan. That plan will be provided to the hospital’s social worker so that they can make sure it goes accordingly. You can choose to have the family at the hospital when you give birth (in their own room) and be able to visit with them while you’re there. You can also choose for the family not to be at the hospital and in that situation, your baby would leave
with your caseworker at discharge. Your caseworker would then take baby to the adoptive family.

How soon does my baby go with the adoptive family?

In most cases, your baby will leave the hospital with the adoptive family.

Am I allowed to have contact with the family and/or my child after placement?

Yes, this is completely up to you! You are in control of what your plan looks like and how you want it to go. You decide how much or little contact/communication you want, and we help facilitate your wishes with the adoptive family.