How Does Counseling For Birth Parents at Adoption Attorneys Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. (“Kirsh & Kirsh”) Differ From Adoption Agency Counseling?
We, at Kirsh & Kirsh, strongly believe in the benefits of counseling, especially for pregnant women considering giving their babies up for adoption or, more correctly, making an adoption plan or placing their baby up for adoption. Few decisions in one’s life are more consequential than that one, but Kirsh & Kirsh does NOT require expectant mothers or birth mothers to meet with a counselor, as some adoption agencies require. Another BIG difference in the counseling Kirsh & Kirsh makes available is that the counselors recommended by Kirsh & Kirsh are not employees of Kirsh & Kirsh. A counselor or social worker employed by an adoption agency has an inescapable conflict of interest. Adoption agencies get paid a placement fee if an adoption takes place. While a counselor employed by an adoption agency may subscribe to the highest standards of professional conduct and, probably, most of them do, their employer – the adoption agency — only collects a fee if the birth mother gives her baby up for adoption, or, more correctly, makes an adoption plan or places her baby for adoption. An agency employed social worker, mindful of the financial needs of the agency, would have to make a birth mother wonder if the agency counselor provided the birth mother unbiased advice based upon the birth mother’s best interests or if the financial needs of the adoption agency influenced the advice.
So what about Kirsh & Kirsh? Doesn’t it earn a fee if the adoption takes place? Yes. However, the big difference is that Kirsh & Kirsh does NOT have social workers on staff. Kirsh & Kirsh refers the pregnant women with whom they work to independent counselors. The Kirsh & Kirsh referred counselors get paid whether or not the birth parent proceeds with an adoption. Those counselors do not have a stake in the outcome of birth mother’s decision the way an adoption agency has a stake in her adoption decision.
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If you would like to explore adoption, contact us at Kirsh & Kirsh. We have helped numerous women with adoption plans over the last 35+ years. We have lots of wonderful, carefully screened, loving families who cannot wait to welcome a baby into their hearts and homes.
We will always treat you will care, confidentiality, kindness, and respect. Of the many pregnant women with whom we have worked over years, many, if not most, have needed help paying their living expenses while they were pregnant and during their postpartum recovery, which our prospective adoptive parent clients have gladly provided.
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