Finding out that you are pregnant and not ready or able to provide for a child can be an overwhelming discovery. You may be feeling ashamed, alone, rejected. Millions of different thoughts and fears may be filling your head, leaving you clueless about what to do, who to trust and where to turn for help. But remember, you are not alone.
For more than 30 years, attorney Raymond Godwin has been helping women just like you conquer their fears, discover hope in their unexpected situation, and find peace and acceptance in their decision to consider adoption. As an adoptive father, Ray understands the fears and concerns many birth mothers have regarding adoption.
Working as an adoption attorney, Ray Godwin has completed more than 2,500 successful adoptions by helping birth mothers just like you. These birth mothers worked closely with Ray and his staff throughout the adoption process and even chose which caring adoptive couples their babies were placed with. Ray believes that choosing adoption must be a “win-win” for you, your child and the adoptive couple.
How We Can Help
Our firm works closely with birth mothers, assisting with:
- Locating possible resources for living expenses (housing and utilities)
- Transportation to/from doctor appointments, grocery stores, etc.
- Maternity clothing (if needed)
- Matching with a supportive family
- Maintaining an open adoption
- Counseling services
- Firsthand support from our office staff
Is Adoption The Choice For You?
Like many women facing an unexpected pregnancy, you are probably unsure what to do or whether adoption is the right choice for you and your baby. The thought of choosing to place your baby with strangers involves questions, concerns and fears that are normal for you to have.
For this reason, it is important that you have as much information as possible about adoption. Part of our mission is to answer questions and provide information for women who are considering adoption or who have decided on an adoption plan. We encourage you to read our FAQ page.
In addition, there are different types of adoption plans that you and the adoptive parents will have to choose from. Choosing an adoption plan is not easy because it must meet the needs of you, your child and the adoptive couple. We explain the adoption process to you and help you make the best decision for you and your baby. We also collaborate with other adoption lawyers, counselors and social workers who assist birth parents in their decision to place a child for adoption.
Despite their doubts about choosing adoption, many women have found peace and confidence in their decision to work with Ray.
Your Legal Rights
At this point, you might be asking yourself, “What exactly is the adoption process?” or, “What would my rights in an adoption plan include?”
Well, you may be relieved to hear that in today’s adoption world, you as the birth mother have a right to choose the adoptive couple whom you believe would be the right fit for your child. That means you have the right to reject any couple presented to you by an attorney or adoption agency; it is critical that you are comfortable with the couple who will adopt your child.
In the state of South Carolina and many other states, you are, by law in your adoption plan, entitled to various forms of financial assistance including reasonable living expenses, counseling fees, medical expenses and attorney fees. After your child is born, you can also insist that he or she be taken straight into an adoptive couple’s home, rather than having him or her placed first in foster care. And remember, you will have your own attorney or adoption professional who will be your advocate during your pregnancy and after.
Need More Information?
We understand that adoption can be an intimidating and confusing process. It can be difficult making such a big decision without knowing much about adoption. For this reason, we believe that one of the best ways we can help you is by providing the information you need to make a good decision. In addition, we are here all week long to help answer your questions.
To explain a little bit more about the adoption process and help make it a little less intimidating for you, Ray poured his experience and knowledge as co-author into The Complete Adoption Book, an adoption guide that has grown from his personal experience, fears and frustrations from adopting children. The Complete Adoption Book contains valuable information that you as a birth mother should know, including a description of the different types of adoption, legal rights of birth parents and how to care for your unborn child.
To help answer your specific questions, please consider reading through our FAQs or portions of Ray’s book. We are more than willing to send you a free copy of The Complete Adoption Book. As always, please contact our office to have your questions answered directly.
If you would like some more information about the services we can provide or if you feel that you are ready to place your child with an adoptive couple, please contact us by phone or complete our online form.Your personal information will be kept completely confidential and we will do our best to answer any of your questions or concerns.