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Voluntary Infant Adoption―Who ya gonna call when a newborn needs a family, stat*?

unplanned pregnancy

At Lutheran Social Services (LSS), we think the answer is obvious. You would call the child placing agency with the best track record and history of successful adoptions. You would call us, of course!

Surprisingly, when some hospitals and caseworkers in towns throughout the state are confronted by a new mother who has just delivered a baby and makes an on-the-spot decision that she wants to make an adoption plan, many are confounded.

When the hospital administrator and/or caseworker has an existing relationship with LSS, they recognize the win-win situation immediately, call the closest LSS office, and in a very short time (Texas law requires a birth mother wait 48 hours after the baby’s birth to sign legal adoption documents) the newborn is matched to a waiting, pre-screened, ecstatic family through the LSS Voluntary Infant Adoption Program.

You could call these “11th-hour” adoptions miracles of timing and serendipity. You could call them clear demonstrations of God’s hand and love. However you interpret them, they are happy reminders that the dedication and expertise of the adoption professionals at LSS are unsurpassed.

LSS has been providing services to children and families since 1881, and specifically to women with unplanned pregnancies since 1944. LSS has placed more than 7,400 children with loving families, and was the first agency in Texas to offer openness in the adoption process. Free post-adoption counseling for birth parents and adoptive families is always available.

So who ya gonna call? Call 800-396-4611 and ask to speak to the adoption worker for the Voluntary Infant Adoption Program. That’s the best place to start.

Note: LSS has 16 foster care and adoption offices throughout Texas: Amarillo, Austin, Bryan/College Station, Conroe/The Woodlands, Dallas/Richardson, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, Mesquite/Garland, Robstown, San Antonio, Tyler, and Victoria.

*’Stat’ in medical parlance is actually not an acronym; it’s short for statim, the Latin word for immediately.

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