Many expectant mothers who contact our law firm feel like their circumstances are “out of control.” They aren’t sure what to do next. They’re looking for answers, looking for signs, looking for advice — anything to help point them toward the right path while facing an unplanned pregnancy.
We’ve seen firsthand that the women who pursue adoption with our firm begin to find the answers they are looking for. The more they learn about adoption, the more their lives start to slow down, and the more “in control” they begin to feel — especially when they begin to make their personalized adoption plan.
But, why does making an adoption plan have such a calming effect on so many women? And how can you make an adoption plan of your own?
Our team is here to answer those questions. When you contact the Law Offices of James Fletcher Thompson, you’ll be provided all the adoption information you need — and the guidance to move forward with the adoption plan that’s right for you. You can contact us online or call/text us at 864-680-8038 anytime to get started.
Whatever you want from your adoption plan in South Carolina, we will make it happen.
What Exactly is an Adoption Plan?
An adoption plan in South Carolina is whatever you make of it. And we’ll be there to guide you through every step.
Simply put, an adoption plan is a blueprint for achieving a pregnant woman’s goals during the adoption process. Many of the women we work with have strong feelings about:
- Selecting the right adoptive family, including where they live, what they look like, what they believe, what they like to do and why they hope to adopt.
- Having a future relationship with their child, whether through picture and letter updates or even yearly visits.
- Getting to know the adoptive family before the baby is born, whether through a mediated conference call, emails, or a personal meeting, or a combination of them all.
- Receiving support throughout this adoption process, whether it’s direct contact several times per week or simply during the important steps of this journey. In addition, some mothers like to take advantage of the use of a private, confidential counselor at no expense to them.
- Choosing the people in their life who will be a part of the support team, whether it’s parents, a sister, a close friend, a pastor, or even the birth father, if he is supportive.
- Deciding what the hospital stay will look like, whether the adoptive family is very involved in the process or it is a more private experience solely between the birth family.
Each of these decisions makes up an expectant woman’s adoption plan.
As you can probably tell, no two adoption plans are ever alike. Every pregnant woman has her own idea of what the perfect adoption looks like. And that’s where our social workers can help.
How to Start an Adoption Plan in South Carolina
If you choose to pursue adoption with our firm, you will work with one of our trusted social workers throughout this process. She will get to know you, your goals, your comfort levels and everything in between to understand how best to achieve your ideal adoption.
Then, we will take your adoption plan and put it into action. Here’s how:
- Step 1: Decide Adoption is Right for You: Before we even start making an adoption plan, we want to ensure you are 100 percent confident with your adoption choice. We’ll counsel you through the pros and cons of your decision and remind you that you are never obligated to choose adoption in South Carolina.
- Step 2: Determine Your Adoption Preferences: If you’re ready to move forward, your social worker will ask you about your desires for the adoption journey, including everything mentioned above. You are in charge of this process, and you have the right to make the adoption plan that is perfect for you.
- Step 3: Review Your Adoption Plan with Your Social Worker: Using an adoption plan template, we’ll review every aspect of your adoption and ensure it meets your expectations. You’re probably new to adoption, and you may be unaware of all the parts involved. We’ll review your plan with you to make sure every “what if” is covered.
- Step 4: Update Your Adoption Plan as Often as Needed. Your thoughts and feelings may change during your adoption process. And that’s okay — until you decide to sign a consent for adoption, you’re not “locked in” to the decisions you made at the beginning. Keep your social worker updated so she can adjust your adoption plan
As a woman begins exploring her adoption plan, and as she begins to piece together the puzzle of her ideal adoption and future for her child, a sense of control begins to come back into her life. We hope the same for you, whichever decision you ultimately make.
If you are in a difficult spot and would like to learn more about making an adoption plan in South Carolina, we would love to hear from you. Remember, contacting us doesn’t obligate you to do anything, and your information is completely confidential.
To learn more about how to create an adoption plan and how we will ensure your goals are met, contact us today.