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Our blog covers topics on adoption, assisted reproduction, and surrogacy.  You can read articles, personal stories, and commentaries written by our staff and our clients.  A complete listing of all blog postings appear in chronological order below.  To sort entries based on your interests, select one of the categories to the right under “categories.”

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Choosing surrogacy? Look for a program that provides high quality support.

You’d love to add to your family, and you’re excited that you believe you’ve found the perfect surrogacy program. But wait: before you leap into a surrogacy agreement, make sure that your excitement hasn’t led you astray. When you’re considering surrogacy as a way to grow your family, it’s important that you choose the right program to help your family get a good start.

What is Surrogacy?
Surrogacy is a way to grow your family by having a surrogate mother carry your child. In traditional surrogacy, a surrogate mother not only carries the child for that child’s future family, she also provides the eggs to create the child. In gestational surrogacy, parents’ eggs or sperm may be used to create an embryo that’s implanted into the surrogate, or the surrogate may carry a donated embryo.

Avoiding Surrogacy Scams
In order to avoid surrogacy scams you will need to do your due diligence. You should only work with dedicated and experienced professionals that will guide you through the process. Choose a team that is caring and compassionate, but also one that is experienced and that can take care of necessary legal paperwork and other details. Remember, too, that the term “agency” doesn’t necessarily mean that the “agency” is licensed. There is not state entity that licenses or regulates surrogacy “agencies.” That said, an attorney-run surrogacy program is regulated to the extent that an attorney is licensed by the state bar.

Unfortunately, where there is a deep desire for a family, there are also people who’d like to take advantage of that desire. Surrogacy scams have been in the news in the past few years. Experiences such as the ones at Planet Hospital have led to painful losses of funds and hopes for families who’d decided to pursue surrogacy. When you’re considering a surrogacy program, keep in mind that a program or agency that promises cut-rate costs and a speedy path to surrogacy might be completely fraudulent, or it may not support surrogate mothers and families in a way that leads to a healthy child and a well-supported surrogate mother and family. How can you avoid surrogacy scams?

Look at the Program’s Track Record
Surrogacy agencies can help you achieve your dream, but it’s important to take a serious look at the track record of the program you choose. Ask good questions.

Where is the program or agency located? Connecting with a local program or agency will help you get an in-person understanding of the people behind the program.

What is the program or agency’s history? Look for one that’s licensed and that has an established and visible track record. Speak with people who’ve been through the program – ask the program for references.

Who will be your surrogate mother, and what do you know about her background, health, and the support that the program provides? A surrogacy is a partnership, and helps solidify this relationship if you and the surrogate mother can choose to work together.

How will they help you create a plan to ensure that transitioning your child to your future family goes smoothly? Make sure that the program has the background and legal experience to facilitate surrogacy.


A surrogacy agency with a proven track record will help you add to your family.

Choosing a Surrogate
Why are these questions important? They not only protect you financially, they also protect your child. Many legal issues should be considered.

When you choose surrogacy, you invite another partner into your child’s life: the woman who gives birth to that child. You want to make sure that your surrogate mother is healthy and supported during this special time. Working with established legal professionals can help you ensure that you’re working with a mother who’s interested in helping you build a healthy family, someone who will make healthy choices throughout her pregnancy.

Smoothing the Transition
You and your surrogate need support during the surrogacy process to help make the process easy for everyone. Like adoption, surrogacy is a choice that is full of emotion. It’s amazing and challenging to see someone giving life to your child. Surrogacy is also an emotionally-moving process for the surrogate mother, who can feel a wide range of emotions as she grows a new family. It’s important to have clear support for your surrogate mother, good communication and a well-thought-out transition plan for the time when the baby is born. A high quality firm will have high standards, they will provide extensive information and support to both the surrogate mother and prospective parents.

You want to create a family, and surrogacy is one way to achieve your dream. Look for a superior program that will work with you and the surrogate mother to help you have a healthy child and a smooth transition into parenthood. If you sign up for a surrogacy scam, your arms may be empty, and so will your bank account. You need good advice and an agency with a solid reputation. Contact us at (925) 945-1880 to talk about your desire to build a family and we’ll help you decide if surrogacy is right for you.

Sources:

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2014/5/14/desperate-for-a-babyscammedinglobalsurrogacysnewestfrontier.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/us/surrogacy-agency-planet-hospital-delivered-heartache.html?_r=0

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Looking at adoption? We can help you build your family.

Do you want to bring a child into your life? If you live in California, you’re in good company. California is our country’s adoption capital, with the most adoptions of any state. If you’d like to adopt, how do you embark on the California adoption process?

Many Roads to Adoption
Just as every child is unique, so is every adoption situation. Some birth parents want to choose the child’s adoptive parents, while others place the child in the care of an agency that will match the child with adoptive parents. Some families wish to adopt internationally, while others adopt older children from the foster care system. There are many ways to adopt a child and many organizations that can be involved.

Pursuing Domestic Adoption
If you’d like to adopt within the USA, licensed private or public agencies help parents adopt, as does the California Department of Social Services (DSS). Every adoption requires a home study which can be completed by DSS or a private agency. A home study a criminal record check, reference letters, and a history that shows that your family can provide a safe and loving home for a child. After the child is placed, DSS or the private agency will supervise the adoption placement. After the supervision is complete, usually about six months, the supervising agency will prepare a final report for the court, and the court will set a hearing date to meet with you and then grant the adoption.

Maintaining a Connection
Sometimes, birth parents want to maintain a relationship with the child and the child’s adoptive family or simply get information about the child. In that case, they may enter into a Post-Adoption Contact Agreement that may be filed with the court and enforceable by that court. This agreement sets out parameters for information-sharing and future contact with the child and the adoptive family. These agreements can be really helpful in setting everyone’s expectations and in creating the building blocks to a positive and trusting relationship with the birth family.


You’re ready to adopt – call us to support you on your journey.

Whatever pathway to adoption that you choose, it’s important to have a guide through the legalities of the adoption process. We’re not only legal professionals – we’ve also experienced the adoption journey. Are you considering adoption in California? Call us at (925) 945-1880 for a free consultation and learn how we can help.

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Your daughter’s pregnancy may be a shock, but know you’ll both get through it.

Hearing the life-changing news that your teenage daughter is pregnant is never easy. It’s not something you could have predicted ahead of time, so it is understandable that you are unsure about what to do or say. In the blink of an eye, you have gone from seeing your daughter as a little girl to realizing “my daughter is pregnant” and seeing her as a mother with her own child on the way. It is understandable that you may be feeling a wide range of emotions from disappointment to anger and maybe even fear.

Taking the first step

According to the Mayo Clinic, the first step after receiving this type of information is to acknowledge your emotions and accept them. You may find that you are angry and you should say so. Tell your daughter that you need time to process the information that she has told you and that you need some time to put a little distance between what you are feeling and her news. You can then plan to sit down and have an actual productive discussion – after you have your emotions in check.

As you begin this journey both you and your daughter will, no doubt, have views about what she should do about her pregnancy and the baby. The father of the baby, as well as his immediate family members, may also have opinions about this. It is important to remember that your daughter and the father of the baby are ultimately responsible for their choices and need to own these decisions. They need to understand their options, whether they choose parenting, terminating the pregnancy or making an adoption plan, and make informed decisions.


Once you process the information a productive conversation becomes easier.

Contacting an adoption agency

If your daughter decides to make an adoption plan, your first step should include calling an adoption professional, either a law firm or agency. Since not all adoption professionals are created equally, you need to research the options and choose one that will work for your daughter’s best interest by creating an adoption plan around her specific needs.

The adoption law firm or agency can explain the plans available to your daughter and assist in helping make the important decisions that your family will face. They can provide information that will help your daughter decide whether she will meet the adoptive parents before the birth of the baby and how much of a relationship she wants to have with the adoptive parents after the adoption takes place.

The adoption process

As part of the adoption process, the law firm or agency can provide access to counseling services that could help your daughter both during the pregnancy as well as after the adoption. In most states, adopting parents can provide financial assistance to birth mothers that may need it. If permitted by the state, the adoptive parents may also help your daughter by providing maternity clothes, paying medical expenses and assisting with transportation.

Final thoughts

Regardless of what your daughter ultimately decides, remember to take the time to really listen to her. Understand that she is dealing with a lot. She needs your support. Let her know that you are there for her and no matter what, together you will get through it. She will always be your daughter no matter what she decides.

Making an adoption plan requires a lot of decision making. We’ve been there, and we want to help. Contact us today. There is never any obligation.


Becoming a surrogate mother can be a rewarding experience.

Modern families come together in many different ways. While surrogacy was once unusual, uncommon and even sometimes looked down upon, today, it is recognized by many as a way a woman can give the most precious gift of life to another family. In fact, becoming a surrogate mother is considered one of the most generous things a woman can do.

If you are interested in becoming a surrogate mother, below is a summary of the steps you may go through.

Contact a surrogacy agency or law firm. Working with a professional surrogacy program not only helps prospective families that want to become parents, but also assists surrogate mothers through all of the steps that are involved in becoming a surrogate and throughout the pregnancy. During the initial contact, the program will ask that an application is completed. This will include information about your age and overall health. The surrogacy process should also be explained. It is important that you understand all of the conditions you must adhere to during the pregnancy. As an example, some states have laws that will not permit a surrogate mother to leave the state once she becomes pregnant.

Meet with the intended parents. After you have completed the application and it is accepted by the program (pending a screening process), the program creates a profile of you that includes your photo and a bio about you along with your interests, personality and hobbies. The program then works to match you with the intended parents.


Your profile is helpful to intended parents.

Undergo a physical and psychological examination. Once you are matched with the intended parents, expect to meet with the fertility doctor to receive a complete examination. During this exam, the doctor draws some blood from you and takes an ultrasound of the uterus. The results of this test typically take one to two weeks to come back to the doctor. As part of the examination process the doctor will generally also ask you some questions to evaluate your mental state and ensure that you are a good candidate to become a surrogate. Most fertility centers will require that you meet with an outside mental health professional for a complete psychological evaluation. Pending a positive outcome of this testing and your physical examination, you are then approved to begin.

Accept and sign the contract. The program will either have an attorney on staff or will refer everyone to outside legal counsel to begin the contract process. The contract will include an agreed upon payment amount that you receive as a surrogate as well as the conditions that both you and the intended parents must agree upon. Since surrogate mothers should always have a say in the terms of the contract, and in some states, a surrogate is mandated to have her own attorney. If your state does not require this, it is a good idea to request it so you can thoroughly review and understand the terms of your contract. It’s also your opportunity to request changes to the contract before you sign it.

Prepare for the IVF process. After the contract is signed by all parties, you generally begin to receive medications that are tied to your cycle calendar and the embryo transfer begins. Once it is deemed a success by the fertility doctor and you are pregnant, your care is transferred over to an OB/GYN who continues to monitor the progress of your pregnancy from that point all the way through to delivery day.

Sources:
Leaving the state: http://www.babble.com/pregnancy/be-a-surrogate-mother-surrogacy-story/
Surrogacy Process: http://www.familyformation.com/learn-more-about-the-surrogacy-process/

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Will you be able to care for your child’s medical, financial and other needs?

Giving a child up for adoption is an act of love, kindness and the ultimate in selfless sacrifice. Remember, too, that making an adoption plan for your child is not giving up. If you’re considering a decision like this, you are sure to have questions, and finding answers to those questions will help in the decision-making process.

First, Ask Yourself

The first questions you’ll have are the ones you need to ask yourself:

Do you feel ready and able to meet your child’s emotional, financial and physical needs?

If you are on your own, you will need a job that pays enough to cover rent or mortgage, electricity and heat, food, formula (if you decide not to breastfeed), diapers and transportation. You will also need childcare, health insurance and funds to cover deductibles and any over-the-counter medications.

Some women do qualify for The Women, Infant and Children food program and you may qualify for state health insurance and/or childcare. Programs are very state specific.

Work on determining your budget so you can figure out what you would need and whether supporting yourself and your baby is feasible.

If you already have children, will another baby make it more difficult to care for the children you have?

Does your plan to keep your child depend on other people? It’s not always a bad thing if it does, but do you have back-up plans for things like financial support and childcare?


Find out what it will cost to raise a child in your area, what expenses you will be responsible for, and whether assistance is available.

How Does Adoption Work

Once you have answered all your own questions, if you still feel that adoption is right for you and your baby, you may have questions about the process itself.

If you are under 18, do you need your parents’ permission to give your baby up for adoption?

No, you don’t need their permission legally, but you should certainly consult with them for emotional and financial reasons.

If you decide to give your baby up for adoption, who will cover your maternity expenses?

If your medical insurance does not cover you, the agency and prospective parents usually do. Work with an adoption legal firm who incorporates this into your contract.

Does the birth father have to agree to adoption?

Legally, the biological father has the same parental rights that you do. He should be consulted.

Can a birth mother stay in touch with her biological child after adoption?

In an open adoption, yes. Details and guidelines should be worked out in a contract in advance.

Senior staff at Family Formation includes a birth mother, an adoptive mother, an adoptive sibling and a surrogate mother. We have been in your shoes and we understand. Contact us today with any lingering questions you may have. There is never any obligation.

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Knowing the rights of the birth father can help ensure an adoption goes smoothly.

When most people think about adoptions, they tend to focus on the birth mother or the family that is adopting the child. In many cases, an adoption will take place without the birth father’s involvement. Regardless of whether he participates in the adoption process or not, however, he may still have some of the same legal rights as the birth mother. Below are some adoption questions and answers that may help to explain the rights of the birth father.

What rights does a birth father have in an adoption proceeding?

The rights of the birth father vary from state to state. A baby is not legally available for adoption unless both parents have terminated or relinquished their rights. In the cases of unmarried couples, however, the circumstances are slightly more complicated, because in some cases the woman may not know who the father is, she may choose not to say who the father is, or a man may not know he is a father until the adoption process is underway. When this is the case, the birth father’s rights become more limited since the courts may decide that he does not meet the definition of a father and therefore has no rights in the decision of the birth mother to put her child up for adoption.

What is the legal definition of a father?

Interestingly, the definition of “father” or “parent” varies from state to state. In several states, a man is considered a father if one of the following criteria is met:(1)the man and the child’s mother are married when the child was born or the child was born no more than 300 days after the end of the marriage,(2) the birth father’s name is on the birth certificate, or (3) the man has acknowledged that he is the father in writing. If the birth father has not met one of these criteria, it is important to realize that he may still have parental rights if he has established himself as a putative father.


Signing a Putative Father Registry may allow a birth father to keep his parental rights.

What is a putative father?

A putative father is a definition used by many states to define a man who is not yet established as the actual father of a child, but who alleges or claims that he is, although he and the birth mother were never married. There are 13 states that acknowledge the term putative father in their statutes and 25 states have actually established Putative Father Registries for men that allows them to register as putative fathers. This registry gives certain rights to unmarried birth fathers and ensures that they will receive notices of adoption proceedings, petitions to terminate parental rights and petitions for adoptions.

Working with a legal firm that assists adoptive families who want a solid and legal adoption process can help ensure that the rights of all parties are protected. Call us today at (925) 945 1880 or (800) 877-1880 with questions or comments or please visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

#1 Image courtesy of [David Castillo Dominici] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

#2 Image courtesy of [Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Source:

https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/putative.pdf

 

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The number of same-sex couples using a gestational carrier has tripled in recent years.

Using a gestational carrier – a surrogate – is becoming more and more common place in the United States. In recent years Jimmy Falon, Elton John and Sarah Jessica Parker have all gone public with their use of surrogates to have children.

Changing Faces

The most well-known type of couple to use surrogacy has long been the couple who is experiencing infertility or other issues that interfere with a healthy pregnancy. A wide variety of medical issues can make it difficult for women to conceive or carry a child, or to do so safely.

Among the most common causes of infertility are endometriosis, anovulation, blocked tubes, polycystic ovaries, damaged eggs and hormonal issues. Rh factor, chronic conditions or genetic factors can sometimes interfere with a healthy outcome as well. Increasingly, women of advanced age are also using surrogates, to ensure safer pregnancies and outcomes.

But the faces of surrogacy are changing in other ways as well. Today, gay couples throughout the country are using surrogates at dramatically increasing rates. And same-sex and infertile couples from abroad are flocking to the United States to make their dreams of becoming parents come true.


The United States has become the go-to country for finding a gestational carrier.

A Global Dream

In recent decades the dream of becoming parents has sent Americans overseas to adopt babies from China, Russia, Guatemala, African and other countries. Now, foreigners are heading to the U.S. to find surrogates.

This is because there are only a few countries in which it’s legal to use a gestational carrier. The United States has the most open, accessible and legally secure surrogacy options. For those who can afford the best and who want to minimize the risks, the U.S. is first choice for pursuing parenthood through surrogacy.

Aspiring parents from states and countries where the practice is not yet legal follow their dreams to the progressive states that have come to understand the value of surrogacy.

The Process

In gestational surrogacy, either the intended mother or a donor provides the egg, which is usually fertilized by the sperm of the intended father. If the intended father has fertility issues, a sperm donor can be used as well. The resulting embryo is then implanted in the surrogate, who carries and delivers the baby.

Agencies and law firms work together to identify good matches between surrogate and intended parents. They work through all the details, from health care to payments, to all the legal what-ifs. They counsel clients on the laws and procedures they will face during their journey, based on the state or country of the surrogate and intended parents alike.

At Family Formation, we have built hundreds of families through surrogacy, and our team includes an experienced surrogate mother. We get it, and we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more.

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Megan is a "Rising Star"

Megan is a “Rising Star”

Our own Megan Cohen, managing attorney of Family Formation, has been honored with Super Lawyers’ Rising Star recognition for the second year in a row.

Megan is passionate about open adoption and surrogacy. She is one of the only adoption attorneys in the country who is also a birth mother, which gives her an intimate connection with her clients and the process. This is evident in comments provided by clients.

Joe and Sherry in Califiornia told Family Formation that their “adoption would not have been possible without your professional, proactive and caring approach.”

Another adoptive parent said “My surrogate delivered our son in January 2014, and we are so thankful we found Megan and Family Formation to lead us through this process!”

Megan’s Background

Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley in 1990. She graduated magna cum laude and first in her class from JFK University School of Law in 2009. There, she was valedictorian, and garnered the best oral argument award in appellate advocacy.

She also won multiple awards for academic excellence in criminal law, wills and trusts, evidence, civil procedure, business associations.

Megan was admitted to the bar in January 2010 and began her career with Diane Michelsen, a pioneer in adoption and surrogacy law. She made partner within the year, and managing partner in 2012.

Since 2012, she has taken on more than 100 assisted reproduction and surrogacy cases and more than 50 domestic adoptions. She practices in adoption, surrogacy and assisted reproduction law.

Megan works hard for win-win solutions.

Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers practicing in more than 70 different areas, who have a notable number of achievements and have been widely recognized by their peers.

Independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations all go into the process of selecting super lawyers.

Up to five percent of the lawyers in a state can be named to Super Lawyers, but no more than 2.5 percent can be named as Rising Stars.

Family Formation provides caring, non-judgmental support, information and options to women and couples who are coping with unplanned pregnancies; to women who want to become surrogates; and to those who want to adopt.

We’ve been there and we understand.

To talk to someone who can help, contact Family Formation today.

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Look for an adoption agency and legal firm that responds to your concerns as a birth mother.

Most of us never think we will ever need the help of an adoption agency or adoption law firm. We assume we will only get pregnant if it’s planned. But life happens. It takes us by surprise, and we find ourselves in situations we never could have imagined.

When that happens, how do you choose which companies to trust with the adoption services you need?

What to Look For

When an agency or adoption law firm makes you uncomfortable or is overly aggressive in their efforts to provide you services, you are probably not with the right agency or firm.

Do they offer housing for birth mothers?

While support is a wonderful thing, it can be suspect if you are offered living quarters right off the bat. This kind of arrangement can seem like overkill, especially if you already have adequate housing. Moving may isolate you from your real-world support network.

Accepting this type of assistance could also make you feel indebted to the adopting parents who provide the money to cover these costs. You don’t want to feel obligated to place your child for adoption just because you accepted this help. The choice needs to be from your heart, free and clear of any other influence.

Do they offer ample support to birth mothers?

Good agencies and law firms will acknowledge that seeking adoption services can be very difficult for birth mothers. They won’t pretend it’s all roses, and they will either offer support themselves, or send you to those who do. You should be offered helpful advice on how to cope with various issues.


It’s always a good sign when the agency or law firm you deal with offers a variety of options, personalized to each adoption situation.

Do they offer multiple perspectives?

Similarly, does the agency or law firm let you know that while you may have a really good experience, you might also have a hard time? You want honesty when you look for adoption services. Full disclosure about the emotions you may experience shows integrity.

Does the agency or law firm discuss different options (such as open adoption, if you so choose) and advise of your legal rights?

Anyone you work with to secure adoption services should have your best interests at heart. A positive experience has to be best for all involved, including your baby, not just the adoptive parents.

One Experience

Meagan is just one of our many birth mothers, but she is one who chose to reach out to other birth mothers, to share her experience.

“My name is Meagan and I am a 21 year old birth mother. I found out I was pregnant when I was 21 weeks. I freaked out and didn’t know what I was going to do. I found Family Formation through a family friend who’s son’s birth mother had used Family Formation. I first talked to Megan Cohen on the phone who was absolutely amazing. She eased my mind about the adoption process and held my hand every single step of the way.

“Megan sent me several families within a couple of days, and I felt in my gut that one of them was the right fit for me without even meeting them. That’s how amazing Megan is at her job.

“I couldn’t be happier with the service I got and continue to get from Family Formation. I have formed an intense bond with Megan. She has also helped me connect with other birth moms around my age and in my area so I have formed a community of young women who know what I am going through. Adoption isn’t an easy choice, but Family Formation helped me to be strong. I am so incredibly thankful and grateful for their ongoing services to help me and my beautiful daughter and her family.”

One of the reasons that Family Formation evokes this type of response is that we’ve actually been in your shoes, and we understand. The attorney who owns our law firm, Megan, who Meagan refers to, is a birth mother herself. We understand the process and the emotions from the inside out.

To find out how we can help, contact Family Formation today. There is never any obligation.

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Look for an adoption agency and legal firm that responds to your concerns as a birth mother.

Most of us never think we will ever need the help of an adoption agency or adoption law firm. We assume we will only get pregnant if it’s planned. But life happens. It takes us by surprise, and we find ourselves in situations we never could have imagined.

When that happens, how do you choose which companies to trust with the adoption services you need?

What to Look For

When an agency or adoption law firm makes you uncomfortable or is overly aggressive in their efforts to provide you services, you are probably not with the right agency or firm.

Do they offer housing for birth mothers?

While support is a wonderful thing, it can be suspect if you are offered living quarters right off the bat. This kind of arrangement can seem like overkill, especially if you already have adequate housing. Moving may isolate you from your real-world support network.

Accepting this type of assistance could also make you feel indebted to the adopting parents who provide the money to cover these costs. You don’t want to feel obligated to place your child for adoption just because you accepted this help. The choice needs to be from your heart, free and clear of any other influence.

Do they offer ample support to birth mothers?

Good agencies and law firms will acknowledge that seeking adoption services can be very difficult for birth mothers. They won’t pretend it’s all roses, and they will either offer support themselves, or send you to those who do. You should be offered helpful advice on how to cope with various issues.


It’s always a good sign when the agency or law firm you deal with offers a variety of options, personalized to each adoption situation.

Do they offer multiple perspectives?

Similarly, does the agency or law firm let you know that while you may have a really good experience, you might also have a hard time? You want honesty when you look for adoption services. Full disclosure about the emotions you may experience shows integrity.

Does the agency or law firm discuss different options (such as open adoption, if you so choose) and advise of your legal rights?

Anyone you work with to secure adoption services should have your best interests at heart. A positive experience has to be best for all involved, including your baby, not just the adoptive parents.

One Experience

Meagan is just one of our many birth mothers, but she is one who chose to reach out to other birth mothers, to share her experience.

“My name is Meagan and I am a 21 year old birth mother. I found out I was pregnant when I was 21 weeks. I freaked out and didn’t know what I was going to do. I found Family Formation through a family friend who’s son’s birth mother had used Family Formation. I first talked to Megan Cohen on the phone who was absolutely amazing. She eased my mind about the adoption process and held my hand every single step of the way.

“Megan sent me several families within a couple of days, and I felt in my gut that one of them was the right fit for me without even meeting them. That’s how amazing Megan is at her job.

“I couldn’t be happier with the service I got and continue to get from Family Formation. I have formed an intense bond with Megan. She has also helped me connect with other birth moms around my age and in my area so I have formed a community of young women who know what I am going through. Adoption isn’t an easy choice, but Family Formation helped me to be strong. I am so incredibly thankful and grateful for their ongoing services to help me and my beautiful daughter and her family.”

One of the reasons that Family Formation evokes this type of response is that we’ve actually been in your shoes, and we understand. The attorney who owns our law firm, Megan, who Meagan refers to, is a birth mother herself. We understand the process and the emotions from the inside out.

To find out how we can help, contact Family Formation today. There is never any obligation.

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