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It is important to understand that if you are pregnant and in jail or prison, you can still make an adoption plan.  3% to 4% of women entering jail or prison are pregnant.  If you are pregnant in jail or prison, you can choose adoption and we are able to help!  Our adoption agency is located in Phoenix, Arizona.

You have the right to make the decision that you feel is best for you and your baby.  Studies have shown that when you are incarcerated, you have options to choose when you are making a plan for your baby after you deliver.

 

Placement options for your baby when you deliver your baby and remain incarcerated afterwards include:

  1. Placing your baby for adoption
  2. Placing your baby with a designated family member
  3. Placing your baby with a non-designated family member
  4. CPS/DCS taking your baby into state custody
  5. Prison/Jail Nursery (there are very few prison nurseries in the US)

Making a plan for your baby before you deliver is important because when you are incarcerated, if you don’t have a plan, the state may intervene and CPS/DCS may take custody of your baby and therefore you will have little to no control over where your baby goes or who he/she is with.

If you choose to make an adoption plan, make sure you reach out to us right away.  To assist you in beginning an adoption plan, we will need the following:

  1. Your full name
  2. Your date of birth
  3. The name of your prison or jail
  4. Your Department of Corrections number
  5. If you have a DOC Officer: their name

After you decide that placing your baby for adoption is the best choice for you and you have contacted us, we will assist you in beginning your plan.  You will get to make decisions for your adoption plan such as:

  • Choosing an open, semi open, or closed adoption plan; this is where you will choose how much contact you would like with the adoptive family and updates on your baby. You can communicate with the adoptive family through letters and maybe even phone calls.
  • Choosing an adoptive family; your adoption specialist will work closely together to find a family that matches any preferences you may have, such as what their family makeup is, where they reside and more).

When you deliver your baby while you are incarcerated, in most cases you will be moved to a nearby hospital.  Your hospital stay will be arranged by the hospital and your incarceration facility.  After you are discharged from the hospital, you will return to jail or prison, where your adoption case manager will continue to work with you for post-placement contact.  If you are in Arizona when you deliver your baby, most likely you will sign the final adoption consent paperwork after you return to jail or prison.  A lot of the adoption paperwork will have been completed earlier in your adoption process, but your adoption case manager will be there to walk you through the adoption paperwork.

After you’re released from prison, stay in touch with your adoption case worker for adoption aftercare services and we will assist you in continuing contact with the adoptive family.

If you or someone you know is in jail or prison and would like to make an adoption plan in Arizona, you or they can contact us by:

As an Arizona Adoption Agency, we are here for you, when you are ready to learn more about adoption or to make an adoption plan.

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