When Can You “Give a Child Up” for Adoption?
How to ‘Give’ Your Unborn Baby Up for Adoption
If you’ve just found out about your unplanned pregnancy, and you’re considering adoption, you’re probably going to have a lot of questions. The most pressing, of course, will probably center around what it’s like to make an adoption plan for your unborn baby.
We know that this process can be scary. After all, putting an unborn baby up for adoption is a huge, life-changing decision. But no matter how you’re feeling, we want to reassure you that an adoption professional will walk you through the process from start to finish.
If you’re thinking about putting your unborn child up for adoption, whether that’s early on or later in your pregnancy, here’s what you need to know. But if you have any questions while you’re reading this article, please fill out our free information form to be connected to an adoption professional today.
How Do I Put an Unborn Baby Up for Adoption?
Logistically, the adoption process is fairly simple. To make your experience easier, here is a brief overview of the five steps to adoption so that you can be prepared ahead of time:
Step 1: Contact an adoption professional
This will be the first and most important step when it comes an unborn baby private adoption. The adoption professional you choose will be one of your closest advisors during the adoption process. As such, it’s important to find one that you feel comfortable with. You should also make sure that the one you choose offers essential services, like 24/7 adoption counseling and unplanned pregnancy education, that every prospective birth parent needs to have for their adoption.
Step 2: Make an adoption plan
The next step after finding an adoption professional is making your adoption plan. It might be easy to think of it as the blueprint for your entire adoption. Here, you’ll fill out a form where you can decide what you’re looking for in an adoptive family, the level of post-placement contact you’re open to, what you want your hospital stay to look like, and more.
Step 3: Choose an adoptive family
Many women ask, “How can I start looking for someone to adopt my unborn baby?” It’s easier than you might think. After you’ve made your adoption plan, your adoption professional will help you find an adoptive family who fits your idea of the perfect family. To start off, they will send you a packet of adoptive family profiles to look through. When you find one that you like, you can start getting to know them. But if you don’t see a family that stands out from that particular group — don’t worry. Your adoption professional will keep sending you more profiles until you find what you’re looking for. No matter how long it takes, you will find the perfect family for your unborn baby.
Step 4: Get to know the family
Once you’ve picked the perfect family for your unborn baby adoption, it’s time to start getting to know them. This process is known as “open adoption.” The first time you speak will be through a mediated phone call with your adoption professional. But after that, you can keep getting to know them through phone calls, emails, and even in-person visits. We know this step can be pretty nerve-wracking, so don’t be afraid to take it at your own pace.
Step 5: Prepare for the hospital stay and post-placement contact
Before you arrive at the hospital, your adoption professional will help you fill out your hospital plan. There, you can decide how much time you want to spend with your baby, if you plan to nurse your baby, and much more. Once your baby is born, you’ll normally have to wait between 24 hours to a few days before you can complete the adoption paperwork. We know that you will have a lot to think about before you sign these papers, so don’t be afraid to reach out to your attorney if you have any questions.
And that’s it! Hopefully, this gave you an idea of what to expect when you get ready for an unborn baby private adoption. If you have any questions, don’t forget that you can always reach out to your adoption professional.
Can I Put My Unborn Baby Up for Adoption at any Time?
It is never too early or too late to learn about how to put an unborn baby up for adoption and create an adoption plan. Every woman needs time to think about if adoption is the right choice, and there’s nothing wrong with considering all of your options. The important thing is making sure that you’re ready for the journey ahead, whatever that may be.
That said, there are some benefits to making an adoption plan early on in your pregnancy instead of after the birth. For example, a woman who is “giving” an unborn baby up for adoption early on in her pregnancy will have more time to:
- Pick a family
- Receive financial assistance for pregnancy-related expenses
- Get to know her adoption professional
- And more
Another nice thing about making an adoption plan early on in your pregnancy is that a lot of the work will already be done once the baby arrives. When you have a clear plan in place, all you have left to worry about is making your final adoption decision and signing the adoption paperwork.
Even if you decide that you’re not ready to make an adoption plan at this very moment, don’t forget that you have plenty of time if you’d like to speak to an adoption professional.
Can I Change My Mind About Putting My Unborn Baby Up for Adoption?
Yes, it is possible to change your mind about the adoption. However, there is one big exception that you should know about.
As we mentioned earlier, you will be able to sign your official adoption paperwork once the baby is born. Once you have signed away your rights, and the period of revocation has passed, you won’t be able to change your mind about the adoption and get your baby back. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that adoption is exactly what you want before putting your unborn baby up for adoption.
Choosing adoption is a huge, life-changing decision. You might not know if it’s right for you until after your baby is born, or until you’ve had some more time to think about your decision. If you are experiencing any doubts, be sure to let your adoption professional know about how you’re feeling as soon as you can.
I Want to Give My Unborn Child Up for Adoption. How Can I Start?
If you’re ready to make an adoption plan for your baby, we’d be more than happy to help. When you reach out to us, you’ll be connected with an adoption professional who can walk you through the process and provide information on your unplanned pregnancy options.
Ready to get started? Contact an adoption agency now to get free information.