NJRTL supports the loving option of placing a child for adoption as an alternative to abortion. Because we understand that some women in crisis pregnancies will not make the decision to place her child for adoption unless her confidentiality is guaranteed, we believe that the birth mother should be the one to decide whether to have contact or no contact with the child she places for adoption. We also support mutual consent registries which allows both parties in an adoption to register with the state if they desire contact with one another.
IMPORTANT UPDATE TO NJ ADOPTION LAW – PLEASE READ!
If you placed a child for adoption in NJ, you need to know the law has changed.
Beginning January 1, 2017, adoptees and certain relatives will be able to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate without a court order. For more information, please read the following: doc01755820160831162404
List of Counseling Resources available to assist with the change in NJ adoption law:
1.NJ Mental Health Cares: www.njmentalhealthcares.org/
They can be contacted Mon – Fri from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at 866-202-4357
2.NJ Adoption Resource Clearing House (NJ ARCH): www.njarch.org
They can be contacted during regular business hours at 1-877-4ARCHNJ (1-877-427-2465)
3.Dealing with a difficult situation and need someone to talk to? There are specialists available for free and confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Please call to speak with a live person at: 1-855-654-6735
The New Jersey Catholic Conference will continue to operate the Adoption Helpline (609-989-4809) Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. to assist birth parents who missed the deadline to redact their personal information.