Christian Family Services, Inc.

Missouri: (314)-968-2216
Illinois: (618) 397-7678
Fax: (314) 968-2335

7955 Big Bend Blvd
Webster Groves, MO 63119

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Pregnancy Support

Life does not always happen as planned.

 

You may be feeling frustrated, hopeful, angry, surprised, or confused.  Your pregnancy may test you but it doesn’t have to break your sprit, your goals, or your dreams.

If you are considering making an adoption plan, we will give you all the information you need to make that decision.  Adoption is not for everyone.  We can talk about it so you can decide if it is in your and the child’s best interests.

 

Being pregnant changes you, no matter what you choose.  Talking with a counselor for support, guidance, and direction is a great first step.  You can contact us at any point in your pregnancy, and even after the birth of your child.

 
I Want To Make an Adoption Plan

Each pregnancy is unique, and the same is true for your adoption plan.

 

Your needs and desires may be different from other expectant parents, so each plan is individualized.

You will have social workers who will listen and help you through this important decision.  We will give you the necessary information and support to make the best choice for you and your child.

Start By Contacing Us

 

When you are ready, contact us in the way you are most comfortable.  You can e-mail, call, or text us directly.

Missouri: (314) 968-2216
Illinois: (618) 397-7678
Toll Free: (800) 264-2216

Text Message

(314) 326-1268

We will schedule to meet you at a location that is convenient and comfortable for you.  This could be at a restaurant or our offices.  We will not pressure you to make one particular choice.  Our role is to share information about your choices, rights, and responsibilities.  We will talk about the different types of adoption.  If you decide that this is what you want, we will work with you to make your own unique adoption plan.

Choose an Adoptive Family

 

You will complete an Ideal Adoptive Family Profile which will tell us what you want in an adoptive family.  Based on your preferences, we will show you some family profile books that match what you want in a family.  If you want to meet them, we will set up a meeting to do so.

If you do not want to meet or do not want to choose the family, we will respect your wishes and make your adoption plan suited for you and your needs.

 

Hospital Plan

 

We want to make this time as comfortable for you as possible.  To accomplish this, we will need to discuss and determine who you want to be present, how much time you want to spend with the baby after the birth, whether you want the adoptive parents to be there, and how much time you would want them to have with the baby.  Be sure to let your social worker know what you want and we will honor your requests.

 

Decide If You Want To Continue With Your Adoption Plan

 

After the baby is born, your worker will check in with you to find out if you want to continue with your adoption plan.  You have to decide if adoption is right for you, before and after the birth of the child.

If you need more time to decide and you do not want the baby at home with you or placed with an adoptive family, we have ConnectCare Families available to help care for your baby until you reach your final decision.

 

Paperwork

 

Based on your decision, your social worker will provide the legal paperwork for you to sign that will be submitted to the court to make the adoption plan legal and permanent.

 

Post-Adoption Support

 

Your social worker will be available for continued support even after the adoption is finalized.  The relationship does not have to end after your child is with the adoptive parents.  The choice is yours.

 
HELP, I'm in an Emergency!

Get help now.

CFS is an outpatient service agency and our therapists are not available after hours.

If an emergency arises and you need immediate help, call 9-1-1 or one of these 24-hour crisis lines:

 

See Our

waiting

families

We have several loving families who are ready and excited to welcome a child into their hearts and homes. 

 
I'm a Minor

Finding out that you are pregnant when you are a teenager can be extremely stressful… You have to think about if and how to tell your parents/guardians as well as your feelings about the actual pregnancy.

 

You do not have to do it alone. You can talk through your options in a non-judgmental environment.

We want to remind you especially at this time of your rights, when you feel like your world is spinning.

Some questions you have may be in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Contact us if you have any other questions​

Missouri: (314) 968-2216
Illinois: (618) 397-7678
Toll Free: (800) 264-2216

Text Message

(314) 326-1268

Your Rights as a Minor

 

These are some of the basic rights you have that we want you to remember.  You have:

 

• The right to be treated with respect and dignity.

• The right to receive services regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or medical disabilities.

• The right to confidentiality (unless mandated otherwise by Missouri and/or Illinois) or directed by court order.

• The right to make decisions about your pregnancy free from coercion or pressure.

• The right to have copies of all documents that you sign.

• The right to include or exclude family and friends in any meetings if you so desire.

 

 

 
Adoption "Dictionary"

Let’s start by understanding each other.

 

We do not want the words we use complicating the process.  Here are some common words and phrases that we often use when discussing adoption:

 

Adoption – The legal process of the transfer of parental rights from one set of parents to another.

 

Adoptive Parents – A person who has been granted parental rights to raise and nurture as one’s own a child that was not biologically born to them.

 

Biological Parent – The parent who gave birth to a child or genetically conceived a child (often referenced as Biological Mother or Biological Father).

 

Birth Parent – The same person as a Biological Parent.

 

Closed Adoption – An adoption in which there is little or no contact ever facilitated between birth parents and the adoptive family.

 

ConnectCare – Our name for Foster Care.

 

Expectant Parent- Parent who is expecting a chil and is considering an adoption plan.

 

Final Surrender – See Termination of Parental Rights (TPR).

 

Foster Care – The process in which a child temporarily lives with and is cared for by a licensed (foster) family until that child can be returned to the care of his birth/legal parents or until that child’s legal and/or physical custody is transferred to another set of parents.

 

Loss – A feeling of emotional deprivation that is experienced at some point in time.  For a birth parent, the initial loss will usually be felt at or subsequent to the placement of the child.  Adoptive parents who are infertile feel a loss in their ability to bear a child.  An adopted child may feel a sense of loss at various points in time; the first time the child realizes he is adopted may invoke a strong sense of loss for his birth family.

 

Non-Identifying Information – General social or medical information about a person that does not include full or last name, address, employer, phone numbers, or other data which might be used to identify or locate the individual.

 

Putative Father – Legal term for the alleged or supposed father of a child.

 

Relinquishment – The term used in some states to signify the legal act (usually a signed document) of birth/legal parents to voluntarily cease or terminate their parental rights over a child.

 

Semi-Open Adoption – An adoption in which some contact is maintained between birth family and adoptive family, usually without the exchange of identifying information and often facilitated by an adoption agency or other third party.

 

Surrender – The same term as Relinquishment.

 

Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) – The legal determination that parental rights, custody, care and control shall be revoked or removed (may be enacted voluntarily by birth/legal parents or may be done involuntarily based upon governing law and individual circumstances).

 
Adoption FAQs
 
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Ask us anything

 

We want to give you the information you need to let you make the best decision for you.

 

Contact Us

 

When you are ready, contact us in the way you are most comfortable.  You can e-mail, call, or text us directly.​

Missouri: (314) 968-2216
Illinois: (618) 397-7678
Toll Free: (800) 264-2216

Text Message

(314) 326-1268