Blog by a new case worker
As a new birth mother case worker, this is my first time working in adoption. I was pleasantly surprised by what this job entails.
Before working for Heart to Heart, I knew little about adoption and the lengthy process involved.
I have been impressed by how much support and care our agency offers birth mothers.
As my compassion grew for these women making inexplicable hard decisions for their children, I appreciated the lengths the agency goes to help this vulnerable population even more.
Not only does Heart to Heart Adoptions find stable, worthy families for a birth mother’s child to be adopted into, but there is so much more.
When working with Heart to Heart, a birth mom is offered housing assistance, help with phone and utility bills, a weekly budget for food and personal items, transportation to doctor appointments, flights if necessary, and much more.
The agency has several apartments for women who are waiting to give birth. Before one birth mother was going to arrive, the women who had worked for the agency longer than me explained how to get a welcome basket prepared for her. This needed to contain the type of hair product she would prefer.
In addition to financial assistance, each client is offered counseling services. We work with wonderful counselors and social work professionals who meet with clients to make the adoption process as comfortable as possible. These services are offered before and after their baby is born.
The process of adoption doesn’t stop when a placement takes place. A birth mother will forever be attached to their child, making the “process” last a lifetime.
I love that Heart to Heart truly cares about its clients. This is shown by their continued service even after the placement of a child. I always knew placing a child was extremely difficult, but I now have a much better understanding of just how hard it is for these women, no matter their unique circumstances or situation.
Being a part of their process is an irreplaceable feeling of fulfillment in my life.