Frequently Asked Questions
- How can you help me?
- Do I have to decide about adoption before contacting Hope’s Promise?
- Does it cost anything?
- Is there someone I can talk to? Will you come to me?
- What if I decide to parent?
- What is adoption?
- What is open adoption?
- Do you do open adoptions?
- What is semi-open adoption?
- What is closed adoption?
- Can I choose what kind of adoption I want to have?
- Can I choose an adoptive family?
- When can I choose a family?
- How do I select an adoptive family?
- How do you screen adoptive families?
- Do I have to sign a contract to work with Hope’s Promise?
- Do I need a lawyer?
- My family doesn’t know I’m pregnant; will you help me talk to them?
- Do my parents have to know?
- What rights do grandparents have?
- Can I see my baby after he or she is born?
- What services do you provide after my baby is placed for adoption?
- I think my parents may struggle with my adoption decision, can you help them?
- Do I have to tell the birth father?
- What if I’m not sure who the birth father is, can I still make an adoption plan?
- I don’t have medical insurance; can you help me?
- Can you help me with financial assistance?
Our compassionate staff will give you accurate information on all your options so you can make the best decision for you and your child. We can also help you with pregnancy related expenses, counseling and support throughout your pregnancy. If you choose adoption, we can help match you with a wonderful adoptive family.
No. Our job is to give you accurate information about all of your options. We are here to help you sort out your feelings and make a plan that is right for you.
No. All services to pregnancy clients are free.
Yes! We can meet you at a place convenient for you or you can come to our office. Call (303) 660-0277 to speak with a pregnancy counselor and schedule a free appointment. Trained counselors are on call 24 hours a day to serve you. You can also email or text (303) 596-7268. If you have an after-hours emergency please contact us by phone or text.
There are no obligations. We want to help you make an intentional choice about your future and your child’s future. We understand adoption is not right for everyone so if you choose to parent, we can help find community resources to help you.
Adoption is the legal transfer of parental rights and responsibilities from the birth parents to another individual or couple who is willing to assume them. It is a permanent decision.
Open adoption is an adoption where full identifying information is shared between the birth family and adoptive families (last names, addresses and phone numbers). Open adoption varies based on the degree of openness the birth and adoptive parents want but typically involves some level of contact.
Yes, most of our domestic placements are open. The degree of openness, however, is mutually agreed upon between the birth and adoptive families.
Semi-open adoption means identifying information is not shared and ongoing contact between the birth and adoptive families goes through a third party, such as an adoption agency.
Closed adoption means that no identifying information is shared between the birth and adoptive families, and they do not plan to meet or have any further contact.
Yes. Open, semi-open, and closed adoptions are all options in Colorado. This is a personal decision.
Yes. We have wonderful, qualified families to choose from. You can see some of these waiting families here. If you have already selected an adoptive family, we can help you complete a designated adoption.
You choose a family whenever you are ready. One of our pregnancy counselors can help you with this.
We think it’s best to discuss this with your Hope’s Promise counselor. She knows you, and she knows the adoptive families in our waiting pool. We have profile books of wonderful families from which to choose. After selecting a family, a match meeting can be scheduled so you can meet them and decide if they are right for you.
We complete a state required homestudy on each family. That means we compile a detailed, confidential file on the family which includes references, employer verification, financial information, criminal records checks, family background information, and other documents that help us determine if they are able to provide a safe and stable home for a child. We also conduct extensive personal interviews and visit their home. We also provide each family with a minimum of 16 hours of adoption education.
No. In fact, we do not believe it is ethical for any agency to ask you to sign a contract to work with them. We are here to serve you and help you make a good decision for you and your child.
No, in most cases you do not. Colorado is an “agency state” which means you must go through an adoption agency like Hope’s Promise. We will complete all legal steps necessary for your adoption. However, in the event of unusual or complicated legal issues, Hope’s Promise may also use the services of an attorney.
Of course. We know this can be a very scary time. We will work with you to determine the best way to tell your family about your pregnancy.
Legally they do not. However, if you are under 18 years of age, some Colorado judges require that your parent or legal guardian be advised and consent to your adoption plan. We are not required to notify parents and will keep your case completely confidential.
In the state of Colorado, grandparents have no rights if you make a voluntary adoption plan for a newborn baby.
Absolutely! Whether you see and hold your baby in the hospital is completely up to you. We will work with the hospital staff to ensure that your wishes are met.
We are here for you as long as you need us. We provide on-going counseling, referrals, and overall support to you and your family for as long as you need us.
Yes we can. We offer counseling services to all members of your family. The counseling is free, and we will come to them (in Colorado). We understand that many family members struggle and grieve, both for you and the child. Their issues may be different than yours. We can counsel with them independently, or with you, whatever your family prefers.
The birth father must be notified that you are making an adoption plan for this child. However, if you do not wish to have contact with him, your counselor can notify him on your behalf. We have no obligation to any of his family members. We will work very closely with you to make this notification process as easy and safe as possible. Colorado laws have been established to protect all parties.
Yes, and this is more common than you might think.
Yes. If you do not have medical insurance we can help you submit a Medicaid application. If you are not eligible for Medicaid, and if you make an adoption plan, your medical expenses can be paid by the adoptive parents.
Yes. In Colorado, we can help with pregnancy related expenses.