Choosing Adoption in an Abusive Relationship in Arizona
For those facing domestic violence, fear can dictate many of life’s most important choices. As rates of domestic abuse rise globally, there is an increased need to create support systems and safe spaces for those who fall victim. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that twenty individuals are abused by their romantic partners every minute. This horrifying statistic is one of the many reasons why Adoption Choices of Arizona aims to provide all of our birth parents with a secure and supportive environment to place their children up for adoption, no matter the specifics of their home life.
Protecting Your Child With An Arizona Adoption
While many victims of domestic abuse may struggle with keeping themselves safe, this does not mean that they cannot protect their children. One of the greatest ways to ensure your child’s safety while in an unsafe environment is to relocate them entirely. While it is possible to place the child under the care of a close relative, this is not always an option for every birth parent. Also, the maintained connections that would be present in a familial placement could still leave your child at risk of being harmed by an abuser. The important thing to remember is any parent is eligible to put their child up for adoption for any reason. Our team of caring adoption specialists will ensure that your child is safeguarded against any violence or harm throughout the adoption process.
We understand that the prospect of relocating your child, especially in the midst of domestic abuse, can lead to intense emotional turmoil. You are not alone. Dozens of parents in similar situations as you tend to deeply grieve the loss of their child. This is why Adoption Choices of Arizona offers all birth parents of varying circumstances and backgrounds free professional counseling. All of our emotional counselors have the training and tools to help you cope with your child’s adoption. Although it may be a difficult period, know that the adoption process with Adoption Choices of Arizona is developed specifically to ensure that you feel as supported and empowered in your decision as possible. With the aid of our adoption experts, you will get to decide:
- The best adoptive family for you and your child
- How to craft your personal adoption plan
- Which type of adoption (open, semi-open, or closed) will provide you and your child optimal safety and comfort
- Whether or not you are eligible for financial assistance
Although so many aspects of your life feel unsure and frightening, adoption should not be one of them. We aim to make our agency a place of reprieve and mindfulness, walking you through each step of the process, so you know exactly what to expect. Throughout the hundreds of adoptions we have fostered, we have gained the experience and knowledge required to make your adoption effortless.
What If I Am A Birth Mother Facing Abuse From The Child’s Father? Can I Still Adopt Without His Consent in Arizona?
In the state of Arizona, a man is considered the legal father of a child if he has been married to the birth mother in the ten months leading up to the birth of the child. He is also considered the father if he is proven to share ninety-five percent paternity with the child through a paternity test or has signed the birth certificate or other legal document stating that all parties acknowledge him as the father. While traditionally, the father of a child is given equal rights over the child a the mother, and therefore equal say in the matter of adoption, extenuating circumstances can potentially invalidate this.
If the birth father is abusive to either the birth mother or the child, there is a strong possibility that their right to consent to the child’s adoption may be stripped. However, this jurisdiction is made on a case-by-case basis. In order to learn more about the possibility of putting your child up for adoption without the father’s consent, reach out to Adoption Choices of Arizona, which will put you into contact with a local adoption attorney. The state, just like our agency, wants to make sure every Arizona citizen is kept safe.
Receiving Support As A Victim of Domestic Abuse
If you are suffering from violence in your relationship, it is important to seek help. Despite the fear that you inevitably feel, it is crucial that you do not remain silent and speak out against your abuser. After all, your child is not the only one who deserves the security of loving a violence-free life. Any of our team members at Adoption Choices of Arizona has the ability to connect you with the proper individuals to provide you legal protection and remove you from your abusive environment. If you or any of your loved ones are in a hostile and unsafe atmosphere, utilize these national and local resources:
- Arizona 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- National Domestic Violence Hotline & Chat Line: 24 hours: 800-799-7233 (SAFE)
- Arizona Coalition to End Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence: various domestic abuse resources available
For adoption resources or to begin your adoption journey, birth parents can visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or call or text us at 1-480-900-5520. If you are a prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!
Meet the Author: Peter is a writer and editor based in New York. Currently studying at Binghamton University, Peter is majoring in English Literature and Rhetoric. Whether working with Marketing Choices or the mental health blog, Runaway, Peter seeks to provide comfort and warmth to those around him through his writing. A huge advocate for change, Peter looks to promote adoption, mental health awareness, disability awareness, and environmental improvement. Forever looking to make meaningful connections, Peter can be found with a group of friends or going on walks and waving to anyone he passes.