Getting Started With Adoption

When you are pregnant and considering counseling and adoption, LSS can help. Here’s how:

Step One: Pregnancy Counseling

  • Set up an appointment, contact LSS by phone at 800-201-5061 or online. LSS pregnancy counselors will travel to your home or meet you at a convenient location. Services are available throughout South Dakota.
  • Meet with a trained counselor who will assist you in looking at options.
  • Make sure to maintain good prenatal care.

Step Two: Make a decision that is right for you and your baby.

If you choose to parent:

  1. Get connected with resources.

  2. Continue your counseling appointments.

If you choose adoption:

  1. Select and adoptive family. Adoptive Parent Profiles

  2. Meet the adoptive family if you choose.

  3. Decide together on the level of contact you would like.

  4. Continue your counseling appointments.

Step Three: Follow through with your adopting decision.

  • Complete the required forms.
  • Meet with other birth mothers who have made adoption plans.
  • Create a memory book for your child.
  • Call your counselor when you enter the hospital for delivery.
  • Fill out all legal papers.
  • Go to court to complete relinquishment (no sooner than five days after the baby is born).
  • Continue to participate in post-placement counseling.
  • Continue to build relationship with adoptive family.
  • Consider becoming a mentor for other birth mothers.

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