Pregnant? Considering placing your baby for adoption?
HELPING PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS
You are entitled to receive legal guidance that is free of judgment from a compassionate attorney who can empower you to understand the full range of options available to you and your child. The decision to place your child for adoption can be agonizing and there may be few people in your life that understand. Please know that you do not need to make this decision alone.
I have represented many birth parents like you who wanted to make the best plan for their future and that of their child. Placing your child for adoption is a courageous and selfless act. It is also a lifelong decision that warrants careful consideration and candid discussion with a professional who can help you understand your options and advocate for your rights.
I will answer your questions and listen to your concerns at no cost to you. Here are some common questions/concerns:
Can I choose the adoptive family for my baby?Yes, you have the right to choose the adoptive family for your child. I can help you decide on the factors that are important to you. You may also interview and meet the adoptive family or speak with them by phone, text, or email.
Do I have to live in NY?No, if you live in another state, you can choose New York adoptive parents. I will coordinate efforts with another attorney in your state to provide you with the best services possible and I will make sure that the adoptive parents are qualified under the laws of their state
Can I request money for expenses related to the pregnancy?The adoptive parents can pay for your living, medical, counseling, and legal expenses. I can help you obtain assistance with your expenses during your pregnancy and recovery.
I cannot afford to pay a lawyer, who will pay?"You and the adoptive parents are each entitled to be represented by your own separate attorneys. This will ensure that your rights are protected and that you are fully informed of your rights. The adoptive parents will be responsible for all of your legal fees.
Do I need the consent of the father of the baby?New York law requires birth fathers to provide financial and emotional support to the birth mother during her pregnancy and after birth. A birth father cannot interfere with an adoption unless he can show a court that he is willing and able to raise the child himself.
Is counseling available for me?You have the right to counseling about your adoption decision with a licensed social worker or therapist. I can help you obtain counseling with a caring professional who can address your emotional concerns.
Can I get information about the baby after I place him/her for adoption?Many adoptions involve agreements under which the adoptive parents provide updates and photos of the child at a set time each year, typically on birthdays. Typically updates and photos are be shared via email, texts, or a confidential website.
WORK WITH THE LAW OFFICE OF JEANINE CASTAGNA
I understand that you may be feeling very overwhelmed and that this time in your life may be difficult. You deserve and are entitled to consult with an attorney who is familiar with the legal and emotional issues involved with considering alternatives to parenting. With the guidance of an experienced adoption attorney, you can make an informed decision regarding your future and the future of your child.
Let's work together to make a plan that suits your needs. If you are considering adoption, or if you have any questions, please feel free to call me to discuss your situation.
I can be reached 24/7 by calling toll-free 1-800-379-0650 or 516-495-7906.