Giving up a baby for adoption at birth is a lovely decision that affects both the mother and the child. First of all, we should start by noting that you are not, in any way, "giving up". Rather, you are making a selfless and courageous decision to give your baby a beautiful life.
Second, we would also like to mention that there is no right or wrong choice. Because of this, all women deserve to know the options available to them so that they can make an informed decision and decide what is best for themselves and their baby.
With that being said, regardless of what stage you are in your pregnancy, adoption can be an option for you. The earlier you can get in touch with an Adoption Specialist, the better; however, we are able to meet you where you are and help in whatever way we can. So, let's get started!
Step #1: Reach Out
Whether you are currently pregnant or have already delivered, the first step looks the same – reach out to one of our loving and supportive Adoption Specialists. If you decide on adoption, we will begin working with you to determine your hopes and dreams for yourself and your baby.
Step #2: Your Vision
A natural starting point for us is to simply listen to you – what goals and aspirations have you set for yourself? What hopes and wants do you have for your baby? What vision do you have for the family that your baby will be placed with? These are all questions that we take very seriously. The happiness of you and your baby are always our focus.
Step #3: Find a Family
Now comes the fun part – finding a family! We have many approved families who have waited a long time to be parents who will be overjoyed to welcome your baby into their lives. Of course, if you decide that you would rather us find a family for you, we would be happy to. However, most mothers enjoy hand selecting the perfect family for their baby.
We will supply you with an endless amount of pictures, information, and stories about each family to help you make your choice. Once we find a family, we can move on to the next step – open or closed adoption?
Step #4: Design an Adoption Plan
After choosing the adoptive family, you now have the chance to decide on the level of communication that you wish to have with the family. You can meet the family ahead of time, see them at the hospital after you deliver, and even schedule visits to see the family after the adoption!
Another option is communicating solely through phone calls, text, emails, or letters. However, some mothers also choose to not have any contact with the family before, during, and after the adoption. The great thing about designing an adoption plan is that it's all up to you! These same options are available to mothers who are currently pregnant or have already delivered.
Step #5: It's Time!
After months of planning, finding the perfect family for your baby, and executing on your adoption plan, it's finally time!
When it comes to the technicality of placing your child for adoption, Texas law states that mothers must wait 48 hours before an adoption can legally take place. In this time, you can choose to be with your baby or the adoptive family, or let the adoptive family spend time with your little one.
Texas Adoption Center
When all is said and done, if you have asked yourself, "How can I go about giving up a baby for adoption at birth?", you're at the right place. We care about you, we care about your baby, and we care about you being well represented, listened to, and supported throughout the entire adoption journey.
“Whatever you choose, we will continue providing you with support for as long as you need us. We’re here for you. We always will be.”
-- Texas Adoption Center
If you’re seeking support and understanding, reach out to chat with one of our Adoption Specialists. We're excited to hear from you!