Your Shutterfly profile will be shown to expectant parents whose background matches your child characteristics checklist. All profiles that match the birth parents social and medical history will be shown, either electronically or via a hard copy of your Shutterfly book after you have completed this PROFILE DISTRIBUTION WAIVER OF LIABILITY
The expectant parents will choose the family that they wish to meet. After that meeting, staff will coordinate with both the adoptive family and the expectant parents to determine if everyone is interested in moving forward with the match.
Once you have been matched, please keep your cell phone closeby, as much as possible. Our staff will provide you with updates at least monthly via email, text message or phone call. Updates will become more frequent whenever something new occurs and will likely take place following medical appointments. You will be notified if the expectant mother requests living assistance and/or when additional contact is requested.
Ohio law enables up to (and no more than) $3,000 in living expenses to be available to expectant mothers who are planning to place a child for adoption. Click here to watch a video created by Phill regarding how funds are handled and when they are refunded. Please consult with Phill or Jennifer if you have any questions about this process.
Once you have been matched with expectant parents, you will need to pay the Adoption Coordination fee. Once your fee is received, your online profile will be marked as Matched. In addition, you will need to submit a check to Spirit of Faith Adoptions for the birth parent living expenses.
What is this process like for the expectant/birth parents?
Expectant parents become "birth parents" once they have placed their child with his/her adoptive family. They are required to undergo a birth parent assessment which is conducted by a licensed adoption assessor. This is an impartial person from Spirit of Faith Adoptions who provides expectant parents with information about their rights in Ohio. In addition to receiving information about their rights, they will also complete forms acknowledging that they understand the laws and have received materials related to adoption. Finally, they will complete a social and medical history that provides biological background information to the adoptive parents.
The assessment must take place face to face, and has to occur at least 72 hours prior to signing the adoption consent. In the event that a baby is born and the assessment has not taken place, the adoption consent can not occur until 72 hours after the assessment is completed.
Click here to watch a video created by Phill about birth father rights.
Click here to watch an interview between Stacy and Jennifer Mae. This video is used in pregnancy center trainings to help pro-life advocates understand how to talk with pregnant women about the option of adoption. Jenn's decision to give her parental rights to her daughter's adoptive parents is one she feels very proud of.