Guest Author - Brandii Lacey
Every hospital has different rules and regulations regarding infant adoption. In fact, if you are making an adoption plan for your child, or hoping to adopt, you need to make sure you are 100 percent sure of the hospital’s procedures.
Parker Adventist Hospital, located in Parker Colorado, is helping birth and adoptive families navigate this emotional time through a program called Family to Family Adoption Support.
The staff at is trained in infant adoption, including the differences between open, semi-open and closed adoption. In addition, the hospital has its own Adoption Liaison, Rebecca Vahle. Between her and the rest of the staff, support and kindness is offered to birth families, adoptive families and everyone else involved.
The Family to Family Adoption Support Program offers classes for adoptive parents. This is incredibly refreshing, as many parenting and child care classes do not cover adoption. Parents who are adopting have as many questions as those having a child biologically. Having classes geared for adoptive parents is a welcome change, and a place where parents adopting can feel welcome, and not out of place.
The hospital also offers classes for those thinking about adopting. Taught by Vahle, those attending the classes have the chance to speak with someone who’s been through the process three times—she’s an adoptive mom herself.
As if this wasn’t impressive enough, the hospital offers a list of adoption friendly OB/GYN offices. This is crucial for those needing support and sensitivity from their OB/GYN when making an adoption plan.
It’s wonderful to see a hospital take such a natural and positive approach to helping all families going through adoption. They should be commended for guiding families through this life changing time. More hospitals across the United States should follow their lead.
The Family-to-Family Support program has upcoming workshops and support groups. For the latest information on these, visit Parker Adventist Hospital’s website: www.parkerhospital.org/adoptionsupport