Domestic Violence and Adoption in Arizona
By Tyra Watts
Domestic violence is an extremely serious issue in society, and unfortunately, in the United States. Victims should not suffer and endure harm at the hands of their abuser. Domestic violence becomes an entirely different level of evil when the victim is a pregnant woman. The abuser is not only harming the birth mother, but he is also harming the child. If you are a birth mother experiencing domestic violence and would like to begin your adoption plan, then Adoption Choices of Arizona is the adoption agency for you. Our adoption agency takes domestic violence seriously and will do what we can to help you, the birth mother, and your child with your needs.
What Do I Do If The Birth Father is Abusive or Violent?
If the birth father is abusive or violent, adoption is an option that you can choose. By placing your baby for adoption, your child will be placed into a safe and loving family so that he can grow and thrive. Once you pick your adoption agency, such as Adoption Choices of Arizona, you can start the adoption process. The adoption journey is unique to each person, and we are always here to help you.
You will meet with the birth parent counselor and complete some paperwork. You’ll also meet with a doctor and start looking at potential adoptive families. Depending on the type of adoption you choose (open adoption, closed adoption, and semi-open adoption), you’ll be able to meet the adoptive family. At some point, you’ll approach your due date, and when the baby is born, the baby will leave the hospital with the adoptive family. You’ll have to go to court to give your consent. Adoption agencies in Arizona will make sure that you are financially supported (depending on your financial situation) during and after the adoption, up to one month after delivery.
Do I Need The Birth Father’s Consent To Pursue The Adoption Process?
It all depends on the situation that you’re currently in. It is important to be honest about your situation and explain it to the adoption counselor. Usually, the birth father has parental rights, even if he is abusive or violent, as long as he’s married to the birth mother leading up to the pregnancy. If he is not married to the birth mother, another way that he can obtain parental rights is if he is proven to be the birth father through a paternity test, has signed the birth certificate, or if there’s a legal document stating that he is the birth father.
Despite this, there is a good possibility that the birth father’s parental rights can be taken away from him if he is violent or abusive. This decision, however, is determined by a judge, which makes it a legal matter. Adoption agencies in Arizona can help with this legal matter through the usage of our legal services. An adoption attorney will walk you through the legal process steps to make sure that you understand everything that’s going on. This is completely free. By our adoption agencies doing this, we are making sure that you have the legal protection and support to fight this case in hopes of you putting your child up for adoption.
We Are Here To Help
At Adoption Choices of Arizona, we take domestic violence seriously. Nobody should have to go through the pain and suffering at the hands of the abuser, especially those who are birth mothers. If you are experiencing domestic violence and would like to place your baby for adoption, our adoption agencies in Arizona can help you get started. We can provide free consultations for pregnant moms and birth mothers considering adoption for their baby, as well as financial assistance, medical care, a safe place to stay, supportive counseling, and much more. We do everything in our power to ensure that the birth mother, the child, and the adoptive family are satisfied and their needs and wants are fulfilled.
Pregnant and due soon? 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!