We provide information regarding abortion and other pregnancy decisions. In order to know the type of abortion you could seek, or if an abortion is medically necessary, you should have an ultrasound exam to confirm viability and determine the gestational age of your pregnancy. Citrus Pregnancy Center provides ultrasound services at no cost to you. We do not perform abortions or place children for adoption. We do provide valuable and important pre-termination information if you are considering abortion. We inform, you decide.
Questions about abortion:
Citrus Pregnancy Center provides information on adoption but is not involved in the legal adoption process. We can connect with adoption experts and be a source of support for you is you decide to pursue adoption. We do not have partnerships with any adoption agencies – so we are objective in our adoption information and guidance.
Questions about adoption:
- How can adoption be good for me and my baby?
If you are not ready to be a parent, choosing adoption is another alternative that is a win/win for you and your child. You can plan for your baby’s future by selecting a stable, loving family to care for him or her. After birth you can see your baby, name your baby and spend time with your baby, or not. If you so choose, you may be able to get updates on your child’s progress or have ongoing visits throughout your child’s life while you continue your education or career goals.
- Can I choose a family for my baby?
Yes, most adoption agencies have many different families from which you can choose. These families have been screened and approved. There are additional options such as choosing a friend or someone who has been recommended to you. Your agency will discuss these options with you.
- How much contact can I have with my baby after birth and after adoption?
You may have as much contact with your baby at the hospital as you desire. When planning your child’s adoption, you can choose an open adoption plan that allows ongoing visits with your child, or you can choose a less open adoption that keeps you informed about your child’s progress through letters and photos. Adoptive families respect your need to know that your child is loved and happy. If you prefer not to have any contact with your child or the adoptive family, confidential adoption plans are also possible.
- How soon after birth can my baby go to the parents I choose?
The timing of your child’s placement depends on three factors:
- Many birthmothers want their baby placed with the adoptive family directly from the hospital. Some women prefer to place their baby in temporary care while they consider their adoption decision. Your agency can help with either option.
- Legal aspects of adoption, which may vary from state to state.
- The cooperation of the birthfather, if he is known and involved in the adoption process.
- How much will my child know about me?
That depends on what type of adoption you choose – open, semi-open, or confidential.
- Does the birthfather have any rights?
Both you and the birthfather have rights. If you disagree about adoption or you no longer have a relationship with him, your agency will work with the birthfather and/or the courts to determine if his rights can be terminated.
- Can my child find me if he/she wants to search someday?
The laws in your state, and the type of adoption you choose, determine when and how your child may have access to information.
- How can I be sure my child will be well cared for?
Adoptive families approved by your agency must meet standards that are shared with you. Your agency will make every attempt to complete a thorough assessment of potential adoptive families. Prior to finalizing the adoption, a caseworker will make home visits to ensure the child’s well-being. In an open adoption, you will see for yourself how well your child is cared for and how much your child is loved.
- Do I need an attorney or do I pay my agency to assist me with the adoption?
In most states, you do not need an attorney and there are no costs to you. The adoption agency will handle all of the legal details for you and birthfather.
- Does the agency offer assistance with medical and living expenses while I am making an adoption plan?
Assistance with medical and living expenses is available through many agencies. The agency you choose will tell you how this is handled.
Health Insurance, medical care, baby items, financial aid, and housing may be available to you should you decide to parent. During your first appointment, Citrus Pregnancy Center will provide you with a list of resources based on your needs.
Citrus Pregnancy Center also offers a parenting support program that can assist you should you decide to parent. While in this mentoring program you recieve individual support. You may also bring the father of the baby or another support person with you for each visit. You earn points that allow you to shop for things you need for your baby. Some women stay in this program for a year or more and their feedback has been very positive on how it helped them in their parenting plan.
Citrus Pregnancy Center does not provide birth control, as it is not 100% effective against unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease. Depending on individual circumstances, we may refer you to consult with your family physician or other medical professional.