The decision to parent, abort, or place a child for adoption is one of the most important, difficult, and life-changing decisions someone will ever make. The staff of CAS is dedicated to helping expectant parents discern the plan they want to make for their child. When that plan includes adoption, we work to prepare them emotionally, walk them through the adoption process, give them loving and non-judgmental support. We offer them quality and well-screened adoptive families from which to choose, and help them create their own unique adoption plan.
Baby Simmon was adopted in 2020
Free, confidential education about the options available.
Decision-making mentoring for birth parents and their families.
Assistance in coordinating prenatal medical support and creating a hospital plan.
Assistance in developing a personalized adoption plan.
Help in finding the right adoptive family for their child.
Making sure all applicable laws are being followed.
Help in determining financial resources available, when needed.
Information about birth fathers' rights.
Emotional support throughout the adoption process.
Post-Adoption small group: please join us for a time to listen, share your story, and support one another in a safe & confidential space. Click here to read more or contact Case Manager, Emily at emily@CASfamily.org or 701-237-4473 with any questions.
If you aren't a birth parent, but you have contact with one who has made an adoption plan, please pass this along!
Misconceptions About Adoption
Birth parents who make an adoption plan must not really care about their child. The truth is that making an adoption plan is a very loving act of self-sacrifice, not an act of abandonment. In fact, birth parents who complete an adoption plan often are people who have the maturity to put their child’s needs above their own.
Birth parents who place a child for adoption cannot move on with their lives. It is true that this is one of the most difficult decisions a person could ever make. And of course, a birth parent who places a child for adoption will never forget the child they placed. They are choosing to hurt for the sake of their child. Any loss in life is accompanied by grief. Understanding the grief process and choosing to walk through one’s grief in a healthy way can also “enlarge the soul” of the one who grieves, leading to increased maturity and richness of life.
A child does not really need a two parent family. Research shows that having two healthy, involved, loving parents who support each other in their parenting roles contributes positively to a child’s self-esteem, relational health, financial well-being, and future educational and occupational achievements. Having a father as well as a mother provides a male as well as female role model.
Birth parents who complete an adoption plan will never know how their child is doing. Every adoption is unique, but most of today’s adoptions are more open than in the past. Today birth parents often have ongoing contact with the adoptive family through the years, with letters and pictures and sometimes visits that keep them informed about how their birth child is doing.