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The Staff of Adoption Access
Counselor - Janet MarianiJanet MarianiIn December 1998, Janet began working for Adoption Access, assisting birthmothers and adoptive parents.She also oversees their foster parent program, in addition to being a certified foster parent herself.Janet received a degree in Psychology from SMU and completed a Master's in Social Work at UTA.She has worked in the counseling profession assisting adolescents, adults, and families at Pastoral Counseling and the Family Place.Her duties included working with runaway teens, incest survivors and aiding victims of drug and alcohol abuse.Furthermore, Janet is involved in civic and community organizations.She has raised two wonderful children and is very proud of being their mom.
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Adoption Access Inc. in Canton provides counseling before, during and after childbirth for mothers who need it, adoption counselor Janet Mariani said.She said most girls are very scared when they find themselves pregnant.They worry about parental disapproval and are not mature enough to handle the situation.Many have spontaneous abortions or miscarriages and don't know what to do with the fetuses. "We hear it all and see it all," Mrs. Mariani said."We are grateful when we see the girls come in (for help)."She said many counseling centers don't talk to the young mothers about the adoption alternative.She's heard nurses ask the mothers, "How can you give away your own flesh and blood?""Society doesn't make it easy for child moms," Mrs. Mariani said."No one gives adoption a good rap."She said most moms would take the child home and continue to live in poverty."They've accidentally gotten pregnant and they're punished for it."Once the girl takes the baby home and discovers the money isn't there, and family and friends aren't helping out, the girl has already bonded with the baby, she said."Whatever the circumstances, they still can't give up the baby because society doesn't support them."She said most girls who give up their babies are in their early 20s - most pregnant teenagers have abortions.Mrs. Mariani said Adoption Access has 60 families currently waiting to adopt a baby.The process of giving up a baby to adoption is easy.The mothers have a hand in helping choose the adoptive parents.The organization does a thorough home study and background check of the hopeful parents. A relinquishment can be obtained from the birth mom 48 hours after the birth. Mrs. Mariani said Adoption Access has been in business for 10 years and all adoptions are done legally - "ironclad."They are licensed in Texas and do 70 to 100 adoptions per year.The birth moms come from all over Texas and the adoptive couples come from around the United States."We help (the mothers) through the process, especially emotionally," she said.Files can be sealed and information stays confidential.The mother's parents don't even have to know about it.At Adoption Access, all children are told "from the get go" they're adopted, Mrs. Mariani said.If a child comes forward and wants to know their birth mom - when they are mature enough and the adoptive parents agree - we'll help them locate her.If they're 18 years old, they can look into the adoption registry if the mother is listed.She said most girls who get pregnant and have abortions don't realize what they've done."It's not real to them when it's a little speck inside them." Mrs. Mariani said adoption needs to be a consciousness-raising thing.There needs to be a real awareness to what it's all about.The holiday season officially began Thursday with Thanksgiving.The holidays for me have always been about family, especially the younger children in my family.Maybe the purpose of the Baby Grand tragedy happened to bring the community of Grand Saline and Van Zandt County together - to bring all of us who learned of the tragedy together to think about what we have and to be thankful for our family, especially the children.Hopefully it will bring awareness to the community and let people know of the options available for young mothers.
Janet Mariani, Counselor, Dallas, TX