16 Mar Is Counseling For Birth Parents at Adoption Attorneys Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. (“Kirsh & Kirsh”) Different than Adoption Agency Counseling?
Yes! Some adoption agencies REQUIRE expectant mother to meet with a counselor. Whether you live in Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, or Kentucky, Kirsh & Kirsh does NOT require counseling, although we strongly recommend that a pregnant woman who is considering giving her baby up for adoption or more correctly, making an adoption plan or placing her baby up for adoption, speak with a counselor. Few decisions in one’s life will be more consequential. It only makes sense to get as much guidance and insight as possible before making such a significant decision, but there is a big difference between seeing an independent counselor recommended by Kirsh & Kirsh and a social worker employed by an adoption agency. Adoption agencies get paid a placement fee if an adoption takes place. Therefore, a counselor or social worker employed by an adoption agency has an inescapable conflict of interest. While a counselor employed by an adoption agency may subscribe to the highest standards of professional conduct and, probably, most of them do, their employer – the adoption agency — only collects a fee if the birth mother gives her baby up for adoption, or, more correctly, makes an adoption plan or places her baby for adoption. A birth parent might wonder if an agency employed social worker, mindful of the financial needs of the agency, provided the birth parent unbiased advice based upon the birth parent’s best interests or if the financial needs of the adoption agency influenced the counseling the birth parent received.
Doesn’t Kirsh & KIrsh earn a fee if the adoption takes place? Yes. However, the big difference is that Kirsh & Kirsh does NOT have social workers on staff. Kirsh & Kirsh refers the pregnant women with whom they work to independent counselors. The Kirsh & Kirsh referred counselors get paid whether or not the birth parent proceeds with an adoption. Those counselors do not have a stake in the outcome of birth mother’s decision the way an adoption agency has a stake in her adoption decision.
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If you would like to explore adoption, contact us at Kirsh & Kirsh. We have helped THOUSANDS of women with adoption plans over the last 35+ years. We have lots of wonderful, carefully screened, loving families (married, single, Lesbian, and Gay) who cannot wait to welcome a baby into their hearts and homes.
We will always treat you will care, confidentiality, kindness, and respect. Of the THOUSANDS of pregnant women with whom we have worked over years, many, if not most, have needed help paying their living expenses while they were pregnant and during their postpartum recovery, which our prospective adoptive parent clients have gladly provided.
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