Expectant Parent

To speak with an options counselor, please call 801-656-8527  or toll free 1-800-839-7444

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We understand that an unplanned pregnancy may leave you feeling scared and confused.  We can help you through this with non-judgmental, ethical, options counseling- That means we will talk to you about ALL your options for your pregnancy, and help you decide what is best for you and your baby.  Services provided to expectant parents are always free of charge, and we will support you no matter what decision you make.  By contacting us, you are not committing to place your child for adoption.  You are only requesting more information about the services we provide.  We would love to help you navigate this emotional time.

Children’s Service Society is the oldest adoption agency in the state of Utah, and has been helping families with adoption services since 1884. We are non-denominational and welcome all individuals, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Our passionate adoption specialists are available seven days a week to answer your questions and discuss your options.  You can call, text, or email us for assistance.  You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to some of the common questions we get about adoption.

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    Positive Adoption Language

    We believe that the language we use for adoption matters.  Words don’t just convey facts, they also evoke feelings. Using positive adoption language shows respect for birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted children.  By using positive adoption language, we acknowledge the feelings of each party involved in adoption and educate others about the adoption experience and process.

    Here are some examples of positive adoption language:

    • Instead of real parent/mother/father or Natural parent/mother/father

    Use birth parent/mother/father, biological parent/mother/father, or first parent/mother/father

    • Instead of give my baby up for adoption, put my baby up for adoption, give away, or adopt out my baby

    Use make an adoption plan, choose adoption, or place my child for adoption

    • Instead of keeping my baby

    Use parenting my baby

    For more positive adoption language examples, see this list from the National Council for Adoption.


    • “I really appreciated how transparent CSS was about every aspect of the adoption process” (CSS birthmother).
    • “My counselor was a god-send during my adoption.  She helped me feel informed and confident about my decisions.  She also helped me process my emotions in a way that was helpful for me and my situation” (CSS birthmother).
    • “Meeting with my counselor was immensely helpful.  Having her there to explain the process, handle the legal stuff, and be an emotional support was invaluable for me” (CSS birthmother).
    • “The care and concern shown for BOTH me and the birth mother was the most helpful” (CSS birthfather).
    • “Knowing what to expect and how to work on my relationship with the adoptive parents was the most helpful to me” (CSS birthmother).

    Know an expectant parent or birth parent?  We offer free options counseling.  We can help with private, independent, and agency adoptions.  Call or text us at 801-656-8527.  Email at admin@cssutah.org.