Questions About Adoption

Can You Give up a Baby at the Hospital?

If you have just given birth and decided parenting isn’t for you, last-minute hospital adoptions are always an option. 

Contact an adoption agency now to receive the necessary services and support you need today. For immediate assistance, you should call a 24-hour hotline, such as 1-800-ADOPTION.

Can You Give up a Baby at the Hospital?

Yes, last-minute hospital adoptions occur more than you might think. Many pregnant women don’t consider adoption until right before or after delivery. An adoption agency can still help you create an adoption plan, choose a family and receive adoption financial assistance.

You can even choose adoption weeks or months after bringing your baby home. Connect with an adoption agency today to learn more information about giving your baby up for adoption at the hospital.

How Do I Put My Baby up for Adoption at the Hospital?

The process of giving your baby up for adoption at the hospital is similar to choosing adoption earlier in your pregnancy. It just moves along quicker. You will follow the five basic steps of the adoption process when you first decide that adoption is right for you.

Although every adoption process is unique, last-minute hospital adoptions usually consist of five steps:

Step 1: Choose Adoption

You should be absolutely confident in your adoption decision before you move forward. There are a lot of emotions you may experience just in your hospital stay alone.

But, you are in complete control of your adoption journey. Only you know what is best for you and your child, so no one can make this choice for you.

If you are ready to begin the next steps of giving your baby up for adoption at the hospital, then you should contact an adoption agency today to confidently move forward with your hospital adoption plan.

Step 2: Connect with an Adoption Agency

Having professional help alongside you is crucial, especially when you’re giving your baby up for adoption at the hospital.

For this step, we recommend working with a national adoption agency that has decades of experience with last-minute hospital adoptions. When you work with a national adoption agency, you will have access to a wide range of adoption services.

Also, working with an adoption professional that already has relationships with several hopeful adoptive families will make the process as smooth as possible. Many of these families are willing to travel to you immediately to complete a hospital adoption.

Step 3: Choose Your Baby’s Adoptive Parents

Just like in every step of the adoption process, you are in charge. You will get to choose your child’s adoptive family.

Through an experienced, trusted adoption agency, you can browse waiting adoptive family profiles and choose the parent(s) that feel right for your child, all from your hospital room.

Your birth parent specialist will set up a call so that you can talk to the hopeful adoptive parents (if you choose). If all goes well, then the adoptive family will immediately travel to you so that you can all complete the process of giving your baby up for adoption at the hospital.

Step 4: Finalize the Adoption at the Hospital

How the hospital adoption goes is completely up to you. Ahead of the adoptive parents’ arrival, you can speak with your birth parent specialist and create your adoption hospital plan to determine whether you want to meet the family in person or not.

If you need space and do not wish to see the adoptive family, then this is an option for you.

When the adoptive family arrives and your state’s minimum waiting period has passed, you can grant your official consent to the adoption.

This process varies depending on what state you live in, but you’ll be signing away your parental rights and responsibilities to the adoptive parents. This can be a difficult time, but you are making an incredibly selfless decision to give your child the best life possible.

Step 5: Adjust to Your Post-Placement Life as a Birth Parent

Maintaining some degree of openness after completing last-minute hospital adoptions can help build a relationship with your child and their adoptive family. In an open adoption, finalization is never “goodbye.” It’s simply “see you later.”

You can all stay in touch in so many ways over the years through:

Finding a reputable adoption agency is crucial in completing all these steps with one professional. Once you connect with an adoption agency, you’ll work with a trustworthy, experienced birth parent specialist that will help you:

Can You Give up a Child at Any Age? 

Giving your baby up for adoption at the hospital and even months after is possible. But, the adoption process will get harder and services will be more limited as the child gets older. Contact an adoption agency today to see how you can create an adoption plan.

In other words, it is never too late to decide that adoption is the best choice for a bright future for you and your child.


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