As the father of the baby, you are important to us and to the adoption process. We recognize that this is a difficult and emotional process for you as well as for the expectant mother. Our Adoption Specialists are happy to meet with you and talk through the process and answer any questions you have. We want you to feel like you have a voice in the process and desire to support you through the placement and beyond.
What are my rights?
- You have the right to be treated with respect and dignity throughout the process
- In Oklahoma, you have the right to notification of the adoption plan
- You have the right to legal representation if you desire
- You have the right to pre- and post-placement counseling and support
Can I know about my child?
Yes! We want you to be able to maintain a relationship with the child and the adoptive family. We call this an open adoption and will work with you to see what can work best with your specific situation. Our adoptive families are often able to send pictures and updates to you and visits can be arranged at the office. We will work together to make a separate openness agreement from the birth mother that lines out what is agreed upon regarding contact.
What do I have to do?
In all reality, nothing is technically required of you. In the State of Oklahoma, we are required to provide you with notification of the adoption plan and you can choose to respond to that notification or not. Depending on your marital status or whether or not you have Native American heritage, that notification may happen before the baby is born or after birth. In some situations, it is also possible for you to sign a consent to the adoption before or after the baby is born.
You can be of much help to your child in providing a non-identifying medical and social history that will give them information about any health conditions or genetic issues to be aware of.