Open adoption is a wonderful and compassionate way for expectant moms and potential adoptive parents to agree on how they will interact after the adoption. With open adoption, you can choose the family for your child. With Cradle of Hope’s guidance and support, you can...

Placing a baby for adoption can seem like a complicated process, especially when you’re already facing an unplanned pregnancy. When you consider adoption, you will always have certain undeniable parental adoption rights. As a prospective birth mother, you will always have the right to do what...

Unplanned Pregnancy Options Getting pregnant by accident can come as a shock, but unintended pregnancies are more common than you might think. In fact, approximately 45% of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended pregnancies. This simply means that these were accidental or unexpected pregnancies; 27% of...

Over the past 30 years, Cradle of Hope has helped numerous expectant mothers and birth mothers, throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, find loving, secure, happy homes for their precious, newborn babies. Making an adoption plan for your baby requires tremendous LOVE, courage, faith,...

Every adoption must be approved by a judge and every judge knows that a child has two parents.  Even if the baby’s father is no longer in your life, or has been unsupportive or out of touch, he has parental rights that must be addressed....

As your due date approaches, your Cradle of Hope counselor will work with you to develop your hospital plan, which sets out your desires and expectations for your time in the hospital.  You will choose who gets to visit you, who will be with you...

Making the decision to place your baby for adoption is a difficult one. It is a decision that takes great strength, deep inner reflection and the courage to trust in yourself. Women start down the path to adoption for different reasons. Some may choose adoption...

These are some of the questions to consider when creating your adoption plan: What is best for your baby? Most pregnant women consider adoption because they are putting their baby’s needs ahead of their own. Adoption gives a child a wonderful mom and dad who are eager...