An unplanned pregnancy can flood you with a sea of emotions.
You may be experiencing fear, sadness, or confusion. We want to assure you that these feelings are quite normal. We also want you to know that millions of women who have chosen the gift of adoption experience feelings of hope and positivity for their children and for themselves.
At Moore Law for Children, you will be treated with respect, compassion, and integrity. Home to a birth mother, an adoptee, and an adoptive mother, our team cares about adoption and recognizes the true sacrifice and ultimate gift that it is. We practice in this area of law because it is personal to us; it is our passion. There is no pressure when you contact us; just a caring team to listen to your needs, answer your questions about adoption, and support you and your decision.
What to expect when you contact us
When you call the adoption lawyers at Moore Law for Children, you will be connected with an adoption professional. She will listen to you and learn about your situation, your concerns, and your questions. She will also explain the process of working with our team. She will describe the difference between adoptions through an adoption lawyer, a private adoption agency, or a state adoption agency (social services and foster care). She will then explain your rights and introduce you to the hopeful adopting families we work with. While working with us, you will have this adoption professional throughout the process as a consistent support person.
You have many rights in making an adoption plan. These include the right to a lawyer at no cost to you, financial assistance for necessary pregnancy-related and living expenses during and after the pregnancy (within the parameters of California law), counseling, to choose the adopting family that is right for your child, to change your mind, and to choose an open or closed adoption. We will also explain what rights the birth father has. Every situation is different. We want you to be fully informed when making this decision. There should be no surprises.
We can show you adoptive parent profiles, which include birth mother letters and photos of families waiting to love a child. These profiles are an initial step in getting to know about the families who are waiting to be parents. When you find a family that feels right to you, we can make an introduction where you can communicate directly to that family or through the lawyers, whatever you are comfortable with. When you are ready to make a decision, we will handle the legal adoption process, so you don’t have to worry about it. This is your decision, and your adoption plan will be designed around your wishes. You have the right to know your options, to decide what and who you want, and to do this in a way that feels right for you. You may meet some of our waiting families here: Parents Seeking to Adopt.
The adoption industry does not always have the best reputation. It can be thought of like a money-making business that buys and sells babies. That is not only unethical and repulsive; it is illegal. That kind of behavior is disrespectful and treats women as commodities and babies as a profit instead of showing respect for birth mothers and babies as human beings in need. Even calling it an “industry” is wrong; we are dealing with human lives: yours, your child’s, and the lives of hopeful adoptive parents holding a place in their hearts for a child.
At Moore Law for Children, we are not in the industry of adoption. We are in the practice of adoption law, where we bring to it personal adoption experiences, compassion, integrity, and a commitment to do what is right for the people that are involved. We know this is possibly the most important decision you will ever make, and it is one that will affect you, your child, and an adopting family for the rest of your lives. We do not do this lightly. We are honored to be a part of this journey, and we are committed to the ethical practice of adoption law in all of California as well as all of the United States as long as one party (either the birth parent or adopting parent) resides in California.
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Only a birth mother in an independent adoption or a licensed agency in an agency adoption may place a child for adoption. Moore Law for Children is a law firm, not an adoption agency. Moore Law for Children does not place children for adoption or accept, supply, provide, or obtain children for adoption. Nor do we advertise, solicit, request, or ask for any child or children for adoption. Moore Law for Children invites birth parents to meet hopeful adoptive parents. We can assist in an introduction, but it is the birth mother’s decision to place any child for adoption. (California Family Law Section 8609.)