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Birth Parents - Voluntary Relinquishment Services

Published on: 5/21/2015 7:14 PM

Making An Adoptive Plan for Your Child (Voluntary Relinquishment)

If you are pregnant, or are already a parent and you are considering making an adoption plan for your child, the Social Services Agency’s Adoption Program can help you.


If you are under 18, parental   permission is NOT required for you to receive services relating to adoption.

The Social Services Agency’s Adoption Program provides a range of services to support you in your decision making process:

  • Free individual and family adoption counseling from culturally sensitive professional social workers to assist you in making the best choice for you and your child.
  • Referrals to health and social service agencies for medical and financial assistance whether you decide on a plan of adoption or choose to keep your child

If you are unsure about your decision, you can receive counseling to help you with your decision. You can also agree place your child temporarily while you decide, or the child can remain with you.

If you wish, you may provide input in the selection of the adoptive family for your child from the families that the Agency has already approved for adoption.

Services provided by the social Services Agency’s Adoption Program are Confidential. If you would like more information, or to speak with an adoption social worker, please call (408) 501-6301.

“Thank you for your support and assistance during a difficult time in our lives. We truly feel as though we made the best plan for our daughter.” (Birth parents making a plan of adoption for their child)

“……I want to thank you for giving life to Nicholas and for your courage in allowing me to adopt him….” (An excerpt from a note written by an adoptive mother to a birth mother)

“My (adoptive) parents were great…..” (An adult adoptee)

Is Adoption the Right Choice for You and Your Child? 
The Santa Clara County Social Services Agency’s Adoption Program can assist with adoption planning. We have experienced professional social workers on staff who can meet privately with parents to discuss adoption options for themselves and their child.