When you are thinking about adoption, there are a lot of opinions. Lutheran Social Services Adoption Services is experienced. We are based on a long tradition of caring in the best interests of children. When it’s time to discuss adoption, we’re here. We are a licensed agency in South Dakota. Lutheran Social Services can help guide you through the entire process.
Understanding all your Adoption Options
Adoption is a huge decision for any woman. When faced with a pregnancy, you are not ‘giving up’ by choosing adoption. You are actually giving your child a generous gift. You are also giving a gift to their future family. It helps to see adoption that way.
Lutheran Social Services knows the details. We also know the differences. Our job is to help you understand your options and not be overwhelmed. We offer counseling with care and expertise, no matter where you are at in your decision making process.
Birth moms and dads, and adoptive parents should know all their options:
- Domestic adoption
- International adoption
- Identified adoption
- Contract adoption services
Domestic adoption has a wide range of options. Both parties can determine their level of contact together. Lutheran Social Services domestic adoption services includes:
- Pre-adoption counseling
- Home studies
- Meeting birth parents
- Placement services
- Post placement services
International adoption can take place with agencies around the world. Why do some adoptive families choose this type of adoption? Many areas of the world suffer greatly with overpopulation, lack of resources, war and poverty. Adopting internationally is a wonderful way to help a child. Of course, it is also a great gift to an adoptive family with love to share.
Identified adoption is another choice. Identified adoption is when a birth family identifies the adoptive family. It could be a grandmother, family friend or someone else. This decision is usually made prior to coming to Lutheran Social Services. We can help both the birth family and adoptive family. We provide home studies, support and post placement services. We also assist with the laws that apply to a child who is born in a state other than South Dakota.
Contract adoption services are coordinated through various agencies, public or private or attorneys. Because LSS has years of expertise, we can assist in this process. We partner with you to assure the process goes smoothly.
Adoption is not merely open or closed anymore. There are many ways adoptions can take place. We want you to feel comfortable with your choice. We also aim to give every adopted child a home.
The Benefits of Adoption and LSS
Adoption has many benefits. One is providing a loving home to a child. As a birth mother, you can give a great gift of a family to your child with the peace of mind that you are making the best decision. All adoptive families with LSS go through a rigorous home study process. LSS supports you in forming relationships with the family and your child.
It’s important to know that Lutheran Social Services stays involved. We provide ongoing support and guidance. We are there before, during and after an adoption. We also host educational and support meetings throughout the year.
If you are pregnant and considering adoption, or a family looking to adopt, contact LSS today at 888-201-5061 or online. LSS is here to help.