If you have additional questions that aren’t answered on our website, please contact us.
When do I have to decide if I am going to make an adoption plan?
The earlier you consider adoption, the more time you have to work through the process. However, you cannot sign any legal paperwork regarding your adoption until 24 hours after you give birth to your baby. At that point the State of Georgia gives you 10 days during which you can change your mind.
Is there a fee for me to meet with you?
No, our services to birthmothers are free.
Will I have to travel to your office or can you meet me where I am?
We have caseworkers based in strategic locations throughout Georgia who will travel to wherever you live. The caseworker will meet you in your home, a restaurant, the library, or wherever you are most comfortable.
If I meet with you, do I have to make an adoption plan?
No, our goal is to help you make an informed decision about your child’s future. If you choose to parent, we connect you to the resources you need in order to be an excellent parent.
Do I have to tell the birthfather?
Yes, the birthfather is required to be notified of your desire to make an adoption plan. Typically, your caseworker can do this for you or with you. We desire to have him involved in the process, and we would like to obtain his social and medical information to pass along to the adoptive family.
Can I be involved in choosing the adoptive family?
We want you to choose the adoptive family! Once we have an understanding of the circumstances of your pregnancy, we gather a group of adoptive family profiles for you to review. This group consists of families that are ready to adopt and match the desires you have expressed.
Most adoptions through Covenant Care are semi-open, meaning you choose a family and can meet them prior to your delivery. We share non-identifying information with both you and the adoptive family so that you can begin a relationship. The family will continue to share updates and photos with you and may even have meetings with you in the first few years after adoption.
Can I send things to my child after adoption?
You can send letters, updates, and occasional gifts for the family to share with your child. A letter may sound very simple, but it is a wonderful way for you to share your feelings and help your child have a growing understanding of who you are.
What kind of families adopt through Covenant Care?
Our families have to meet strict guidelines in order to be approved to adopt through Covenant Care. We look at the couple’s background checks, financial history, medical evaluations, and we visit their home. We also have their family members, pastor, and employers submit reference letters. These families are also licensed to adopt by the standards of the State of Georgia.
What if I already know the couple that I would like to adopt my baby?
We have a lot of great couples that are ready to adopt. However, if we are already working with you, you can refer a couple to us and we can help with that adoption plan. A couple that you have met on your own would still have to meet our eligibility requirements.
What kind of help can I get with living expenses?
We do the best we can to connect you with local community resources. If we do assist with living expenses, the payment goes directly to the payee.
Will you help me tell others about my adoption plan?
It can be hard to tell people about your adoption plan. Your caseworker will help you work through the decision process, and once you are ready to share your decision with others, she can help you tell them. She can be there with you to answer questions and be an advocate for you when others are not providing support.
Will you still be here for me if I decide to keep my baby?
We will do the best we can to support you through your journey, whether it involves adoption or not. If you decide to parent your child, we help you connect with local community resources to best prepare you for that huge responsibility.