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Unplanned pregnancy? Need to figure out how far along you are? Call us for help arranging prenatal care. Need a place to stay? We can arrange that, too.
If you need answers to questions right away, find some here: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. We don’t uproot expectant parents or require anyone to move to another state in order to use our services, and we’ll come to you, if you wish. At Abrazo, this really is all about being there for you (and your child.)
- Abrazo is state-licensed, nonprofit and nationally-recognized, handling safe, legal, ethical adoptions since 1994.
- Abrazo can help you make a safe, confidential adoption plan any time before or after birth.
- Every mom at Abrazo gets the free services of her very own private caseworker.
- Abrazo will help you find an awesome family for your child.
- Abrazo empowers placing parents to know their rights and own their choices.
- Abrazo understands that even the best of plans can change, sometimes.
- At Abrazo, we don’t believe adoptions end with placement, because that’s just the beginning!
As allowed by law, Abrazo can help, during pregnancy & afterwards (if needed) with:
- Housing/rent assistance
- Obtaining Medicaid or medical coverage
- Finding you a doctor
- Groceries and nutrition
- Maternity clothes
- Open adoption options: keep in touch if you wish
- Private counseling before & after the adoption
- Transportation to/from maternity-related appointments
- Relocation if you need to live closer to Abrazo’s weekly support services
- Utilities (electricity & telephone)
Placing A Child For Adoption
What does it mean to “give up” a baby, or as we say it, place a child for adoption? It means a responsible parent is surrendering parental rights, whether for newborn or for a small child they are already struggling to parent. It means that parent is putting their child first, and arranging a brighter future for their child, when that child needs more than the parent can possibly provide on their own. (And trust us, there’s no such thing as an unwanted baby. We have loving homes waiting for each and every child!)
Throughout history, responsible parents have turned to adoption when they wanted their child/ren to have security and stability in life than the parent themselves could offer, due to their lifestyle or age or economic circumstances. Baby Moses‘ first mom entrusted her infant son to a princess and adoption saved his life. Calamity Jane got pregnant by Wild Bill Hickok, history tells us, and adoption provided him the stable home life her lifestyle could not afford him. The world’s greatest thinker, Albert Einstein, and the woman he later married placed their firstborn daughter for adoption, shortly after he completed college. Singers Joni Mitchell and David Crosby are birthparents of children placed for adoption. Actress Kate Mulgrew became pregnant while working on the soap opera “Ryan’s Hope” and her pregnancy was written into the show until she left to give birth and place the baby for adoption. Comedienne Roseanne Barr had an unplanned pregnancy in her teen years, and adoption planning gave her child a more stable set of parents with whom to grow up. Rock star Ted Nugent has had both a son and a daughter who were each placed for adoption, and in 2011, soap star Jack Wagner reunited with his daughter, placed for adoption as a baby. Late computer guru Steve Jobs‘ birthparents married after his placement, and raised their next child (author Mona Simpson) together.
The point is that good people DO make adoption plans, just like you. To learn more about open adoption options at Abrazo, look over the topic. Or check out some of our waiting adoptive parent profiles, here. Or call us, at 1-800-454-5683. We’re here for you, and we’re ready to help.
Available Adoptive Families
Answers To Your Common Questions
What makes Abrazo the best agency choice for me?
Abrazo is an agency that advocates for openness because we know that children who are adopted need both roots and wings. The birthparents we work with are no where in life that we ourselves could not be; for this reason, our staff tends to be highly protective of the expectant parents with whom we work. We want all of Abrazo’s birthparents to feel at peace with the adoptions they do with us; free of judgement and fully informed, before, during and after placement.
What if I want my child to be adopted by someone of my own race?
We welcome expectant parents of all racial backgrounds, and respect your right to make your own best decisions for your child/ren’s future. If you want your child to grow up in a same-race home, just let us know and we’ll do our best to help you find an adoptive family of your own race.
What kind of financial help does your agency offer?
According to state law, Abrazo can assist with what’s called “maternity related expenses” during the pregnancy and up to eight (8) weeks afterwards. These vary depending on your needs and resources, but generally include such things as medical care, housing, transportation to/from appointments, clothing, food, childcare during labor & delivery, etc. These costs are paid by the agency and covered by the adopting family, so please be reasonably sure of your intentions before requesting financial help. While there’s nothing that has to be paid back if a prospective birthparent decides not to place, seeking maternity support if you know you won’t end up placing OR accepting financial assistance from more than one agency at a time may constitute fraud, a felony offense that is punishable by law.
Does my baby’s father have to sign papers giving consent for an adoption to occur?
Under the laws of Texas at the current time, an attorney would probably tell you that the only time a father’s signed consent is needed is if you are married at the time of placement or if the baby’s father has already gone to court to prove paternity of the child being placed. Call us and let’s get Abrazo’s attorney to explain, if you’re worried about the father’s rights, but the short answer is that mothers who feel adoption is best can usually make this choice without the father’s involvement (except in very specific circumstances.)
Making Your Adoption Plan
Available Adoptive Families
My wishes for an adoptive family were considered and I was consulted on every option. Abrazo has always made me feel special!
– Robin P., Wichita Falls, TX
Abrazo has a very special place in my heart. Without Abrazo, I would never have found such a wonderful couple for my baby (and I know they are the right parents for him!).
– Melissa T., Fort Worth, TX.
When you talk, they really listen. I trusted them to help and they did. I am glad I picked Abrazo for my adoption agency!!!
– Krystal M., San Antonio, TX.