The DNA Revolution – Part 3, Surprise!

September 16, 2019

I’ve been hearing from more and more adoptees telling me that they have found close relatives and even birth parents by using DNA services like Ancestry or 23andme. Read the rest of this entry »


A Reminder of the Best Advice

August 16, 2019

When we see someone struggling, our natural response is to try to help them. There is no moment more true to that than when we see someone we know or love facing an unplanned pregnancy. The first response is to offer them advice. The problem is, often they are inundated with several “helpers” who want to offer their advice, all with various opinions. It’s very difficult to be struggling with a decision and have people all around you giving conflicting advice but not really providing any resources to follow through with that advice. “You’d be a great mom, I’ll help you!” while someone else says, “but what about college, you’ll never be able to go,” or “whatever you do, don’t just ‘give it up.’” The best advice you can truly give them is to refer them to an LSS Pregnancy Counselor, because everyone around them might have an opinion on what they should do, but a Pregnancy Counselor helps THEM decide what THEY should do. Read the rest of this entry »


Is Adoption Right for You?

May 15, 2019

Is Adoption Right for You? Hope Comes in All Sizes. Picture of a happy toddler with outstretched arms. When you are thinking about adoption, there are a lot of opinions. Lutheran Social Services Adoption Services is experienced. We are based on a long tradition of caring in the best interests of children. When it’s time to discuss adoption, we’re here. We are a licensed agency in South Dakota. Lutheran Social Services can help guide you through the entire process.

Understanding all your Adoption Options

Adoption is a huge decision for any woman. When faced with a pregnancy, you are not ‘giving up’ by choosing adoption. You are actually giving your child a generous gift. You are also giving a gift to their future family. It helps to see adoption that way.

Lutheran Social Services knows the details. We also know the differences. Our job is to help you understand your options and not be overwhelmed. We offer counseling with care and expertise, no matter where you are at in your decision making process.

Birth moms and dads, and adoptive parents should know all their options:

  • Domestic adoption
  • International adoption
  • Identified adoption
  • Contract adoption services

Domestic adoption has a wide range of options. Both parties can determine their level of contact together. Lutheran Social Services domestic adoption services includes:

  • Pre-adoption counseling
  • Home studies
  • Meeting birth parents
  • Placement services
  • Post placement services

International adoption can take place with agencies around the world. Why do some adoptive families choose this type of adoption? Many areas of the world suffer greatly with overpopulation, lack of resources, war and poverty. Adopting internationally is a wonderful way to help a child. Of course, it is also a great gift to an adoptive family with love to share.

Identified adoption is another choice. Identified adoption is when a birth family identifies the adoptive family. It could be a grandmother, family friend or someone else. This decision is usually made prior to coming to Lutheran Social Services. We can help both the birth family and adoptive family. We provide home studies, support and post placement services. We also assist with the laws that apply to a child who is born in a state other than South Dakota.

Contract adoption services are coordinated through various agencies, public or private or attorneys. Because LSS has years of expertise, we can assist in this process. We partner with you to assure the process goes smoothly.

Adoption is not merely open or closed anymore. There are many ways adoptions can take place. We want you to feel comfortable with your choice. We also aim to give every adopted child a home.

The Benefits of Adoption and LSS

Adoption has many benefits. One is providing a loving home to a child. As a birth mother, you can give a great gift of a family to your child with the peace of mind that you are making the best decision. All adoptive families with LSS go through a rigorous home study process. LSS supports you in forming relationships with the family and your child.

It’s important to know that Lutheran Social Services stays involved. We provide ongoing support and guidance. We are there before, during and after an adoption. We also host educational and support meetings throughout the year.

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, or a family looking to adopt, contact LSS today at 888-201-5061 or online. LSS is here to help.


Are You Pregnant and Considering Adoption?

May 9, 2019

When you are pregnant, you face many choices. It can be a scary time, especially if the pregnancy is unplanned. Lutheran Social Services offers pregnancy counseling to help in this difficult time.

Pregnancy Counseling

I'm pregnant, but I have hope. Picture of young woman contemplating.Our trained pregnancy counselors can be reached online and will travel to your home or a convenient meeting place. Our services are available throughout South Dakota. When you meet with your counselor, you can discuss all your options.

If you choose to parent, your counselor will connect you with the resources you need. It is important for pregnant women to maintain prenatal care for both the mother and the baby. In addition, our counselors will continue appointments with you throughout your pregnancy.

Choosing Adoption

The choice of adoption is a wonderful gift. While adoption should never be taken lightly, the options for adoption have changed a lot. You may select an adoptive family from our book of profiles. You can meet the adoptive family if you wish. Together, you can both decide the level of contact you would like.

Your counselor will assist you every step of the way. We will walk you through the decision making process and all your options. Our goal is to help you make the decision that is best for you and your baby.

Following Through on Your Decision

While adoption can seem overwhelming, Lutheran Social Services is here to help. We will guide you through the various forms and legal papers that are required. We can also introduce you to other birth mothers who have made adoption plans.

As a birth mother, you do have the option to build a relationship with your adoptive family. In addition, you can mentor other birth mothers with your experience. Your pregnancy counselor will continue to work with you throughout and provide post-placement counseling.

The Outcome of Adoption Services

 Adoption services are based on doing what is in the best interest of children – and in the best interest of birth parents. We understand there are many difficult decisions to be made. But Lutheran Social Services treats every individual with patience, compassion and professionalism.

If you are pregnant and considering your options, contact LSS today at 888-201-5061 or online. LSS is here to help.


Top 10 Things Birth Mothers want YOU to Know

May 6, 2019

The day before Mother’s Day is recognized as Birth Mother’s Day (May 11, 2019) . Here are ten of the ten thousand things birth mothers want the world to know. Read the rest of this entry »


Is Adoption Right for You?

January 16, 2019

Is Adoption Right for You? Hope Comes in All Sizes.When you are thinking about adoption, there are a lot of opinions. Lutheran Social Services Adoption Services is experienced. We are based on a long tradition of caring in the best interests of children. When it’s time to discuss adoption, we’re here. We are a licensed agency in South Dakota. Lutheran Social Services can help guide you through the entire process.

Understanding all your Adoption Options

Adoption is a huge decision for any woman. When faced with a pregnancy, you are not ‘giving up’ by choosing adoption. You are actually giving your child a generous gift. You are also giving a gift to their future family. It helps to see adoption that way.

Lutheran Social Services knows the details. We also know the differences. Our job is to help you understand your options and not be overwhelmed. We offer counseling with care and expertise, no matter where you are at in your decision making process.

Birth moms and dads, and adoptive parents should know all their options:

  • Domestic adoption
  • International adoption
  • Identified adoption
  • Contract adoption services

Domestic adoption has a wide range of options. Both parties can determine their level of contact together. Lutheran Social Services domestic adoption services includes:

  • Pre-adoption counseling
  • Home studies
  • Meeting birth parents
  • Placement services
  • Post placement services

International adoption can take place with agencies around the world. Why do some adoptive families choose this type of adoption? Many areas of the world suffer greatly with overpopulation, lack of resources, war and poverty. Adopting internationally is a wonderful way to help a child. Of course, it is also a great gift to an adoptive family with love to share.

Identified adoption is another choice. Identified adoption is when a birth family identifies the adoptive family. It could be a grandmother, family friend or someone else. This decision is usually made prior to coming to Lutheran Social Services. We can help both the birth family and adoptive family. We provide home studies, support and post placement services. We also assist with the laws that apply to a child who is born in a state other than South Dakota.

Contract adoption services are coordinated through various agencies, public or private or attorneys. Because LSS has years of expertise, we can assist in this process. We partner with you to assure the process goes smoothly.

Adoption is not merely open or closed anymore. There are many ways adoptions can take place. We want you to feel comfortable with your choice. We also aim to give every adopted child a home.

The Benefits of Adoption and LSS

Adoption has many benefits. One is providing a loving home to a child. As a birth mother, you can give a great gift of a family to your child with the peace of mind that you are making the best decision. All adoptive families with LSS go through a rigorous home study process. LSS supports you in forming relationships with the family and your child.

It’s important to know that Lutheran Social Services stays involved. We provide ongoing support and guidance. We are there before, during and after an adoption. We also host educational and support meetings throughout the year.

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, or a family looking to adopt, contact LSS today at 888-201-5061 or online. LSS is here to help.


Mary’s Unexpected Pregnancy

December 17, 2018

In 1992, the song Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant came out. I was six years as a birth parent, and the first time I heard it, it hit me hard. I think I sat and cried for about an hour. That song always puts tears in my eyes because it so accurately portrays the fear of facing an unexpected pregnancy and the need for help, love and support. Read the rest of this entry »


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