Dear Health Care Professionals,
♥ OUR SERVICES TO YOU: Full Circle Adoptions provides health care professionals with up-to-date information about adoption anytime you call 24/7. We’d like all health care professionals to feel knowledgeable about this area – we’d like you to feel comfortable and confident if your patient shows an interest in considering an adoption plan. We’re prepared to answer your questions 24/7 – feel free to call: 1.800.452.3678 to ask for any information you might need related to adoption that may be relevant to your patient care.
♥ ON THE SPOT VIDEO CONFERENCE: If you call the office (1.800.452.3678), Full Circle Adoptions’ director (Marla Allisan JD, LICSW) can make herself available by Skype (full.circle.adoptions) or Facetime (413.427.8701) if you and your patient would like to ask some questions about adoption, as it pertains to the patient, before considering scheduling an in-person appointment with a private and adoption-experienced social worker. The agency makes every effort to be responsive in time sensitive situations.
MATERIALS TO SHARE WITH PATIENT: On this page are three brochures which you can click and print from your computer:
(1) The Expectant Parent Flyer(“Unplanned Pregnancy”) trifold – This two sided brochure provides information about the agency’s services, availability and clinical staff
(2) Expectant Parent Information Flyer:- This two sided flyer provides further detailed information regarding agency services to expectant parents
(3) Prospective Adoptive Parents Flyer – This two sided flyer provides information for patients who might be considering adopting a baby.
YOUR PATIENT CAN GET ANSWERS:
FAQ’s: Feel free to encourage your patient to see if the following Frequently Asked Questions section helps address their concerns: Click here for Frequently Asked Questions
*YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION: There may be times when your patient feels the need to consider adoption, but, you may be worried about her options or the availability of support for her as she considers her circumstances. Our agency provides neutral, non-judgmental and non-pressured options counseling. The decision is the patient’s choice – our job is to help them consider their full range of choices and to help them decide what they feel is best for their expected child and their family.
Your Questions that May Come Up and Which We Are Prepared to Answer
* My patient wants to parent but is also wondering about adoption given her circumstances; how can she receive information and have her questions answered?
* My patient feels the need to consider adoption, but, she’s not sure the father of the child will support that idea. Can she still make an adoption plan?
* Can our office give you her phone number and ask that you call her? She’s feeling too scared to call.
* Could a social worker from your company come to meet with our patient at our office at her next appointment?
* She just gave birth and told the nurses at the hospital that she wants to make an adoption plan? What should we do?
*: I worry that my patient may make an adoption plan now, but, regret it later. How can I support and protect her in this vulnerable time period?
* In addition to the birthing mother, we are concerned about the father of the baby. What services can be provided to him?
* If my patient makes an adoption plan, what services are provided to her and the father of the baby after the baby is placed with an adoptive family?
* Can my patient meet and choose the prospective adoptive family?
* What’s the language to use, these days, when referring to a pregnant woman (and man) who are considering adoption or someone who is already a parent and who is considering adoption?
* My patient has used drugs and/or alcohol during the pregnancy – will there be a good selection of prospective adoptive parents who will be open to adopting her baby?
* My patient has a mental health diagnosis and took psychotropic medications during the pregnancy – will adoptive parents consider her child?
* My patient doesn’t want to tell her family she’s considering adoption because she’s afraid of their judgment – how would the agency support her with respect to the plan she wants to create?
* Are there enough prospective adoptive families who would consider adopting my patient’s child who has (a certain ethnicity, family medical background etc.)?
*My patient has service needs unrelated to adoption – needs for housing, mental health referral, assistance applying for medical insurance and/or financial benefits, referrals for drug/alcohol treatment, assistance replacing state identification cards, accessing child care for her other children – can Full Circle’s social workers help her with these other needs?
These and other questions are easily answered. Feel free to reach out to us for information, video-conferencing, facilitating a meeting with a private, adoption-experienced social worker or other services you and your patient believe would be helpful.