Adopting a child and mom is taking methadone...

Debbie - posted on 06/20/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I've done some research and talked to a few doctors and we're not concerned about long term effects of the methadone. We just want to know what to expect after delivery and also what are the right questions to ask the doctors? What is an acceptable abstinence score before we even consider leaving the hospital? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Sarah - posted on 06/20/2014

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You might be limited to what questions you can ask the doctors. Since you are adopting and birth parent rights are not terminated until after birth the birth mother is the one who has legal control or the adoption agency (or social service). You can ask the doctor general questions, but you can't ask questions pertaining to that certain case unless birth mom gives permission. You should get the medical background of both birth mother and birth father. This also includes any alcohol use, drug use (both legal and illegal). As far as leaving the hospital with baby that is also the call of the adoption agency or the social service agency as well as the hospital. The hospital will not release baby if there is a medical concern that grants a longer stay. Once hospital gives the OK for discharge then it is the adoption agency or social service agency that does the discharge.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/20/2014

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I would be more concerned with the substance abuse that happened before the methadone.

Good luck with everything!

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