What You Need to Know About Adoption

Get the answers to most common adoption questions

Am I committed to anything if I contact Rainbow of Love?

At the time you call, Rainbow of Love is here to listen and to best help you. All birth mothers will receive an informative packet and when you say you are ready Rainbow of Love will move forward. You can contact Rainbow of Love at any time during the pregnancy, the day of birth, and even after. Rainbow of Love is committed to you!

When is it too late to make an adoption plan?

It is never too late, if you decided to place the baby up for adoption the day of birth, after birth. An adoption plan always can be set up. This can be made in the earliest weeks of your pregnancy as well.

Should I “give up” my baby for adoption?

Rainbow of Love aims for “great parents, great life”. Many of our birth mothers are young or aren’t ready to support another life. Adoption is a blessing to a family that can’t have children of their own. As a birth mother, you are not thinking for yourself, you are deciding that giving your baby up for adoption is the best thing because you want the baby to have a better life than you can provide for them.

Is it really all that helpful to meet with a counselor during my pregnancy?

We offer counseling services during and after, at no cost. Most birth mothers will experience different emotions and it is helpful to seek help if needed. Rainbow of Love wants to help the birth mothers who need it during all the process of adoption.

How do I choose a family?

Perspective adoptive parent(s) have book profiles made for birth mothers to choose from. You will be able to go through their profiles and select the family that matches your expectations.

How are adoptive families screened?

Rainbow of Love is very selective when it comes to adoptive families. They need to be financially stable, healthy, cleared of all background checks (FBI, Fingerprint and DFPS) and have been certified for all training requirements.

What is an “open” adoption?

An open adoption is a form of adoption in which the biological mother and adoptive parent(s) have access to varying degrees of each other’s personal information and have an option of contact, it maintains a significant ongoing contact after a placement. Rainbow of Love has little involvement in this agreement. Learn more about open adoption process.

What is an “semi-open” adoption?

A semi-open adoption is similar to an open adoption but the relationship does not include the sharing of identifying information and typically involves the agency as an intermediary for ongoing contact. After child placement, many semi-open adoptions include mailing photos and letters between adoptive families and birth families, with a program we have called Child Connect. Semi-open adoption is Rainbow of Love’s most successful type of adoption.

What is an “closed” adoption?

Also called “confidential” adoption (and sometimes “secret” adoption), a closed adoption means you will not have any contact with or know anything about an adoptive couple. Rainbow of Love will select the adoptive family for the biological mother based on desired wishes requested. Records of both parties are kept sealed. Learn more about a closed adoption process.

How do I know the family is who they say they are and will keep their word?

If you decided to have a semi-open adoption, you can select the family based on profile books Rainbow of Love provides to you through the process. Once you have selected a family, you, your case manager, and the perspective adoptive
parent(s) will set up a conference call and a face-to-face meeting. There after you can agree on the hospital plan. During these meetings, both parties will be able to get to know each other, future plans, an agreement can be set it place, and Child Connect will be offered.

What if I do not know the identity or whereabouts of the baby’s father?

It is okay if no information on the biological father is identified. Rainbow of Love will work with the available information, if any.

Will I be able to communicate with my adoptive family after placement?

Depending on what adoption was selected and agreement was made. Communication can be done through Child Connect or Rainbow of Love third-party involvement.

Can medical and other bills be covered?

To an extent, usually pregnancy is covered through insurance or Medicaid with birth mothers. Rainbow of Love can help to an extent, but it is not guaranteed that Rainbow of Love will be able to cover all expenses.

What about my bills if I can’t work?

Rainbow of Love can offer financial assistance to a certain extent. A financial assessment can be done and Rainbow of Love will help the best way we can.

Can I change my mind about adoption?

In Texas, before signing your rights away, you have 48 hours to decide. If you wish to change your mind during the pregnancy, you can.

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