The Rights Of Birth Parents

A Big Decision

In court, adoption day is a happy day. In fact, the attorneys and judges in the court look forward to these days. It is the day that makes it all worthwhile because a child has been placed with a loving family and secure home. However, there is a lot that goes into a successful adoption.

Information Is The Key

Choosing to make an adoption plan for a child can be a difficult and life-changing decision. As with all big decisions what is most important is information. At Herrin & Leach we believe the more information you have, the better a decision you are able to make. That is why we offer birth parents free informational consultations that never involve a "pitch" but instead shed light on all of the options available.

Birth Parents Have Rights And A Say In Adoption

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, adoption is a great and loving option. We practice in this area of law because we love to see first-hand how a mother can take a situation that she did not necessarily plan for and turn it into a beautiful and unselfish gift to adoptive parents and the child. Under Indiana law, a mother who is considering an adoption plan for her child is able to receive reimbursement for medical expenses and certain amounts to assist with her living expenses while pregnant and for up to six weeks after birth. A birth mother is also allowed to be reimbursed for reasonable counseling costs expenses, if she desires.

And you don't have to decide right away. In Indiana your consent to the adoption can be given at any time following the birth. Speaking with an adoption only attorney who can answer all of your questions can provide you with a clear picture of your options, your rights, and the care and financial support and services that are available to you.

Making an adoption plan does not mean you do not have a voice. Your wishes for the child are heard and a match is made based on what is most important to you. In every conversation, we discuss the types of parents that you would like to adopt your child. It may be that the child is raised in a home that follows your religious or spiritual beliefs or that the child is raised with the opportunity for travel and has access to a good education, including college. We have been able to find great families for birth mothers who want adoptive parents who practice a certain religion, have a certain occupation, live in a particular geographic region, have no other children, or have multiple children already.

You can also choose whether you have an "open" adoption or "closed" adoption. If you desire to know the full identities of the adoptive parents and future communications and visits (i.e. an "open" adoption), we make sure that you and the family are on the same page. If you do not, that's fine too.

We Listen To Your Needs And Concerns

At Herrin & Leach we listen to what you want. We answer your questions. We ensure that you are well informed and supported and offer legal help for birth parents. Call our Indianapolis office at 317-566-2174 to set up a time to talk with a lawyer about your concerns or questions. Or contact us online. We are here for you.