LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Although abortion laws have varied in all 50 states since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade last Friday, adoption has been and remains an option for would-be parents.
Julie Erwin, owner of Kentucky Adoption Assistance, a mother of five adopted children, wants parents to see adoption as a viable option.although Abortion in the Commonwealth It’s now illegal, except in certain medical circumstances, such as the mother’s high risk of death, and Owen told Spectrum News 1 she doesn’t expect more parents to opt for adoption. However, she is planning to increase her agency’s education on the choice so parents know what that choice looks like.
For more than two decades, Owen has been helping families in Kentucky with adoption.In fact, the company’s owner and executive director adoption assistanceA nonprofit that promotes adoptions in Kentucky and Tennessee told Spectrum News 1 that her agency has organized 3,800 adoptions in Kentucky since its founding nearly 23 years ago.
“We always want biological mothers to have options, and when they make adoption plans, we want them to feel in their hearts that they have found the best family for their children. They are at peace because they have done a great job for their children. choice,” Owen explained.
Adoptions today don’t look like they did decades ago, she told Spectrum News 1.
“You can of course choose the family you want the child in, and that’s what many adoptive families are willing to accept if you want a future connection,” she added.
Everyday Adoption Assistance receives several “Profiles” from families wishing to adopt a child. Profile books are essentially photo books that describe everything about the family and what it would be like for an adopted child to be part of that family.
“So there’s no right or wrong, but every book is different, and every woman and man chooses for different reasons,” Owen explained.
Expectant parents may choose a home for their children because they like the energy the home releases, the activities they do, such as traveling, or whether they have children or not, she said.
“So there is no right or wrong, but everyone who wants to make an adoption plan tends to flip through these books to choose their family. Of course they don’t have to. Some families and women just say choose the family with the longest wait. And Others are very specific about what kind of family they want, and we always respect what they’re looking for,” Owen said.
Owen said her agency doesn’t expect a big jump in adoptions after Kentucky’s Roe v. Wade case, because women may travel to other states to get abortions or get the abortion pill. However, her agency does plan to have more education with any clinics and organizations that will host her agency. Owen has previously trained in Kentucky hospitals, doctors’ offices, pro-abortion pregnancy centers and Planned Parenthood.
“It’s all about education, and, like I said, [adoption is] It’s not for everyone, but for women who feel this is their best option, they need to know how to do it, what the law is and what we can do to help,” Owen said.
Most adoption agencies also offer counseling and resources for women during and after pregnancy because childbirth costs money, Owen said.
“It’s very important that we support women who maintain their pregnancy and have resources like prenatal vitamins, maternity clothes, doctor visits and healthy foods that can impact the lives of their babies,” she said.
There are also resources available, including safe housing and transportation to appointments, Owen said. In addition, Owen said her agency works with mothers after giving birth to help them get back on their feet.
While Erwin told Spectrum News 1 she doesn’t expect much change in parents opting for adoption, since abortion is illegal in Kentucky, she’s seen an increase in the number of parents opting for adoption given the rising cost of living this year due to inflation to higher natural gas prices.
Adoption is primarily regulated by state laws, which vary from state to state, according to Child Welfare Information Gatewaya service under the U.S. Administration of Children and Families,
according to Kentucky law, There is a 72-hour waiting period after the birth of the child before adoption is granted or consent to adoption becomes effective. This means that no adoption papers can be signed until 72 hours after the child is born.
In addition, after 72 hours of giving free and informed consent, another 72 hours until the adoption becomes final and irrevocable after signing, which means that in most cases the biological parents have 6 days after the birth of the child . Their children change their minds about infant adoption.
Owen chose the profession because she said it was life-changing, but it also changed her life as an adoptive mother of five children: one from South Korea and Taiwan, and three from Guatemala.
“I feel like in our world we know some kids are suffering and their parents need help and we have other families who really want to be parents. It would be a beautiful thing if we could put them together matter.”