Are you pregnant, scared and considering adoption?
“Adoption is the hardest thing you will probably ever do in your life. You feel like your heart is being ripped out. But if you are doing it for all the right reasons your life will be truly blessed forever.”
Laura Gladden – Birth Mother
Chicks in Crisis (CiC) is dedicated to assisting pregnant teens and women (of any age) by creating a personalized adoption plan based on what is important to them. We respect you and your baby and understand that adoption is your choice and your decision to make.
If you do decide to partner with Chicks in Crisis, we promise your voice will be heard. We’ll create an adoption plan just for you and your baby’s future.
Our birth mother advisors are available 24 hours a day and are problem solvers who will put your wishes and your health first. They will be on your side every step of the way and can provide immediate assistance with living expenses, housing, medical care, legal problems and counseling needs while you prepare for delivery.
Chicks in Crisis has a long list of wonderful families waiting to adopt and love your baby. We promise that any family you consider from CiC will be an excellent choice.
Check out the FAQ’s below and call 916-275-6699 today to discuss your options with a birth mother advisor. We’re here to help you ~ no question is off limits.
“You have just done one of the most courageous acts ever, be proud of that. Use the strength you have earned to go forward and be a positive influence to others and the world around you. ”
Jenny Treanor – Birth Mother
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you’re searching for the perfect family for your baby, have questions about living expenses or post placement, look no further – we can help you overcome those fears by always answering your questions honestly.
- Does this cost me anything? No! There is no cost to you for the adoption. The adoptive family you select will pay for any costs related to the adoption process.
- What happens once I pick my adoptive family? Once you choose a family and you’re ready to move forward with your adoption plan, it is considered a “match.” If you choose to, you can speak with your adoptive family on a regular basis until the baby is born. We can arrange to meet with your adoptive family and spend time getting to know each other.
- What’s the difference between adoption and foster care? YOU! You have the opportunity to keep your baby from the foster care system by choosing your baby’s family. In foster care, you have no say, no contact – in open adoption, you have contact and the child knows how much you loved them by choosing a family to give them the future you know they deserve.
- Can I choose my adoptive parents? Yes, absolutely! Remember, it’s your baby, your adoption plan. You choose the adoptive parents and have contact throughout the pregnancy. You can tell us what is important to you in a family and we will present you with profiles of families that match your preferences.
- What if I have an open CPS case? If you have an open CPS case and they plan on taking your baby into custody, you can make an adoption plan before birth or before you leave the hospital. It’s your right to say where your baby goes, we can help you have that voice and make a plan you can be proud of. Pick your baby’s parents before the county picks them for you!
- Will my child go to the County or foster care? No! Your child will go home directly with the adoptive family you selected.
- Can the adoptive family help me financially? Yes, they can! California allows for adoptive parents to help with pregnancy related expenses. Our adoption attorney will create a budget and pay your expenses out of a trust account. If you are 7 months or further along, your rent, food, transportation, clothing and cell phone bill can be covered up to 6 weeks after delivery.
- What happens when I go into labor? Give us a call! If you need a ride to the hospital, someone will pick you up. If you have selected a family prior to going into labor, we will make sure they get to the hospital.
- Will I have contact with the adoptive family after I leave the hospital? It’s your choice, if you want to then YES, if not then we will respect your choice.Before the baby is born, we will sit down and create a post placement adoption agreement contract which will outline future contact regarding phone calls, pictures and letters – it will be filed with the adoption petition and becomes a valid contract.
- Will anyone find out about the adoption? No way! Adoption proceedings are confidential. Who you tell is your choice. It is not up to us to tell anyone your private business. Adoption records are sealed, therefore, no one can pay for a record search – they don’t exist to the general public.
Mission StatementTo provide classes and workshops that create a challenging learning environment and encourage high expectations for success. Our goal is to enhance, educate and motivate the lives of all young women and men to become responsible parents, financially independent and able to give back to their communities. This is accomplished by focusing on graduating high school, maintaining family size and continuing on to secondary education.
Project LIFT (Living Independently for Tomorrow) is designed to provide a supportive learning environment where pregnant girls, women and young men can begin to eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency and employment. All of the workshops are interactive and participants have the opportunity to practice and refine their skills.
Project LIFT covers the following six main themes:
- Knowledge is Power – Through our Teen Mom Program, we provide an overview of the future of public assistance and how pending legislation affects participants. Participants identify, develop, and create a plan to meet school, employment, and personal goals as well as learn about various areas of support and local resources to create a personal resource book.
- Employment – Participants will learn how to conduct a successful job search and complete job applications. Participants receive assistance creating a resume, cover letter, and list of references. This class also discusses professional work habits and etiquette including how to dress professionally and appropriately for interviews and while working on the job. Participants also receive an opportunity to practice job interviewing through mock interviews. Other areas of discussion include choosing and paying for child care. The program also helps participants to identify individual barriers to self-sufficiency and employ-ability.
- Finance – Topics covered include how to open and manage a checking and savings account, how to create and maintain a budget, and the pros/cons of credit cards and fraud.
- Legal Issues – Participants will receive information on laws pertaining to pregnant girls and women’s rights and responsibilities and how to avoid involvement from Child Protective Services (CPS). Landlord and tenant issues are also covered including Fair Housing and locating free or low cost legal services. Laws pertaining to domestic violence are also discussed. These services on provided one on one based on individual needs of the student.
- Healthy Living – This class teaches the importance of medical/dental care, hygiene, and provides information on infant medical issues including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), asthma, and the importance of immunization. A wide range of sexuality issues are also discussed. Students can participate in workshops that cover basic cooking skills, menu planning, creating shopping lists, and feeding your family on a budget. Lastly, participants receive information on various family support resources including Healthy Families, WIC (the special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children), Parents Anonymous, and WEAVE.
- Child Development – This class provides an overview of child development and identifies what is and isn’t age appropriate behavior and milestones. Participants also learn how to develop a healthy relationship with children’s fathers to support effective parenting.
Need diapers, wipes, formula and/or clothing? It is with great honor that we named the core program of CiC after this angel – Amber’s Closet.
Amber’s Closet is FREE to clients who are referred by other local agencies or walk-ins and provides diapers, wipes, formula and baby clothing as well as toiletries and other miscellaneous items.
You may only come to Amber’s Clothes Closet once every 60 days (every 30 days if in school). We help approximately 400 household members every month; therefore, we limit the number of times we can help to ensure other clients receive what they need. No appointment necessary, but check our office hours first to ensure we’re open.
Last year, CiC served 3,058 households, 1,467 children, distributed 32,298 diapers, 45,172 baby wipes, 32,287 clothing items and 1,198 cans of formula.
Adoptive Family Information
Are you an adoptive parent searching to adopt a newborn baby? Our team of adoption professionals are here to help you create a personalized adoption plan that is right for you! For over two decades, Chicks in Crisis (CiC) has been one of the premier domestic adoption facilitators in the Greater Sacramento area, specializing in both independent and collaborative agency adoptions.
Our resources are extensive, including direct outreach to birth parents, hospitals, clinics and physicians throughout the Greater Sacramento area. Birth parents can contact our staff 24 hours a day, via e-mail, texting, social media, or in person. Our case workers maintain a strong personal relationship with birth parents and provide exceptional resources for them throughout the adoption process and beyond.
Our dedicated team of professionals will guide you through every step of the adoption process. Our professional team is comprised of attorneys and case workers, trauma therapists, agencies, doctors, hospitals, and birth parent coordinators.
Together, we will create a personalized adoption plan that is right for you and then professionally manage every aspect of that plan. Families choose CiC for our dedication, passion, professionalism, pre – post birth mother placement and our overwhelming success rate in building families through adoption.
Birth parents must demonstrate a commitment to their adoption plan and are screened prior to our clients deciding to pursue a specific adoption plan. Our clients have the peace of mind to know that every detail of their adoption will be created and managed from within our program and that our team of adoption professionals will be involved from the beginning of their adoption journey to finalizing their adoption.
Contact our office at 916-275-6699 if you are interested in learning more about our open adoption facilitation services.