"How To Put A Baby Up For Adoption In Texas"
If you're pregnant and considering adoption, the process can seem overwhelming at first. You might have fears that you’re “giving up” your baby. But the more you learn about adoption, the more you come to realize it doesn’t mean that at all. Adoption means you are making plan for your child’s future. It means you’re making a selfless choice to put your baby’s needs before your own. It means, in other words, that you’re a great mom.
Below, we provide you with an outline of the adoption process. You can take comfort knowing that you don’t have to go through it alone—because we’re here to help.
1. Consider Your Options
Before deciding on the path you wish to take with your pregnancy, consider all your options. Some of those options include parenting, adoption, or abortion. An adoption agency will work with you to explore all of your options to help you discover a plan that feels right. Or you can do your own research online, or talk with trusted friends and family. Pregnancy centers can also be a good resource. If you’ve decided that adoption is the right choice, the next step is to reach out to an agency.
2. Contact an Adoption Agency
You might want to consider an agency that is local. Having a local Texas adoption agency that provides in-person support will be very different than working with one that is out of state, where most of your interaction will be over the phone. You might also want to consider what type of financial and emotional support the agency can provide. It’s important to make sure you’ll like working with the Adoption Specialist—is she friendly and caring? Make sure she’s someone you’ll want by your side on your adoption journey.
3. Pick an Adoption Plan
Once you’ve selected the agency you want to work with, you can decide on what type of adoption plan you want: open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption. The type of adoption plan you chose will determine the kind of contact you will have with the adoptive family and the baby throughout the adoption process as well as in the future. Your agency will help you understand what the options are, so you can decide what feels right for you.
4. Pick a family (If You Want To)
Picking a family is an exciting part of the process! And the choice of a family for your baby is entirely up to you. If you would prefer not to choose the family, that’s up to you as well. But whether you decide to pick the adoptive parents or not, your baby will be matched with a wonderful family.
5. Plan For The Hospital
At this point, all of your big decisions have been made. Now it’s time to plan for the hospital, with the support of your Adoption Specialist. We’ll help guide you through the entire process, and we’ll be there to support you during your labor and delivery. Your Adoption Specialist can even be in the room with you during delivery. You get to decide what feels best.
6. Place the Baby for Adoption
You should feel proud of yourself! You’ve done a lot of work to ensure a wonderful life for your baby! Two days after the baby is born, you can officially sign the necessary paperwork to place the baby for adoption with the adoptive family. This usually happens at the hospital, with your Adoption Specialist, before everyone goes home.
7. Receive Support
Placing the baby for adoption is not the end of your adoption journey. Depending on what kind of adoption you chose, you may have ongoing contact with the child and adoptive parents. The adoption plan that you selected before the birth will continue. Regardless of what kind of adoption you chose, Texas Adoption Center will provide you with emotional support for life—we’re here when you need us.
Not all adoptions are arranged before the delivery. Even from the hospital or your home, you can still decide that adoption is the best choice—and we can help you make an adoption plan and move forward with it. Call us to discuss your situation!