I don’t think I can do this! Can I still place my baby up for adoption after birth?
It is not uncommon for new mothers to feel anxiety or nervousness around their new baby. Many new parents overcome this fear with proper education, support, and bonding time with the child.
But, for unique situations, the birth mother may determine that adoption after delivery is the best option for her and the baby.
Adoption after birth is possible.
The process is similar to adoption that is organized before birth; nevertheless, we’re here to give you the adoption process rundown.
In this article, we’ll explain how to give a baby up for adoption after birth.
How to Give a Baby Up for Adoption After Birth: A Step-By-Step Guide
As said before, adoption is perfectly legal after the birth of the child.
This goes for if you’ve named the child, taken the baby home, or even cared for them for a few days or weeks.
If you feel unprepared to take on parenthood, or have other outstanding circumstances, adoption is an option.
Keep reading to learn how to give a baby up for adoption after birth.
1. Contact a Local Adoption Agency
To get started with the adoption process, you will need to contact a local adoption agency.
When you meet with or call the agency, an adoption specialist will ask you questions about your unique situation to gain a better idea of how they can help you.
Many women are surprised alternatives that may work better with their situation.
Also, they can direct you to the appropriate resources if you’re still undecided about whether adoption is the best option for you.
2. Choose the Adoptive Family
If, with the help of an adoption specialist, you determine that adoption is the best option, you can begin the next stage of adoption.
Through an adoption agency, you have the opportunity to choose the potential family that is best for your child. Often, agencies have a waitlist of excited families waiting to adopt a deserving child.
You’ll be given the opportunity to browse through informative family profiles, to help you make an informed decision about your child’s future home.
Next, you’ll decide whether or not you want to stay in contact with your baby and her new family after the adoption. There are three types of adoption you can choose from, and each one allows a different level of contact with your child.
Keep reading to learn about the different types of adoptions.
Open adoptions are quite common. With open adoption, you choose the family your baby is placed with, you get to know the family, and you can have direct contact with the family after the adoption is finalized.
Semi-open adoptions are similar to open adoptions because you can choose the family your baby is placed with. In contrast to open adoption, though, after the adoption is finalized, you cannot have direct contact or visit the family. However, you may receive pictures and letter updates about your child.
Closed adoptions are less common nowadays. With a closed adoption, the adoption agency chooses the adoptive family. You won’t be able to receive pictures or letter updates about your child throughout their life. Still, even with this option, you can decide how “closed” you want the process to be.
In the end, you are in control. You make decisions every step of the way. Our job as an adoption agency is to support and guide you every step of the way!
3. Finalize the Adoption
The adoption agency will handle all legal aspects of your adoption, but you will need to finalize the adoption by giving legal consent.
Of course, before this happens, the adoption agency should provide access to an unaffiliated adoption attorney so you can learn about the binding power and obligations around your agreement.
Once you have given final consent for adoption, the adoptive family you chose will take custody of your baby. Once this happens, you no longer have parental rights of your baby—you can not get your baby back after adoption.
Want to Learn More? Contact Texas Adoption Center
Texas Adoption Center will work with you wherever you are in your decision-making process and pregnancy. We can help place your baby in a loving adoptive family as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Whatever you decide, we can help you take charge of your situation. You can have peace of mind knowing you have done everything in your power to make your baby happy.
Adoption is beautiful but can be emotionally challenging for everyone involved. We welcome all of your questions and are happy to answer them and provide you with the resources you need. We will support you and help you create a plan for your baby.
Texas Adoption Center is here to support and assist you every step of the way! Give us a call at (512) 893-7943 to speak with an adoption specialist and get more information.