How to Place a Baby for Adoption in Iowa

And What it Really Means to Give a Baby Up for Adoption in IA

If you are a woman considering adoption in Iowa, it’s reasonable to assume you’re under a lot of stress at this point in your life. You’re facing a big decision, and it’s one that will impact not only your life but your child’s as well. However, we encourage you to remember two things, the first being that you are not alone. Many Iowa women have been in this position before, and many will be there in the future. It’s going to be okay. The second thing to know is that no one can ever tell you what to do with your unplanned pregnancy.

As an adoption agency, it’s our responsibility to make sure you have reliable information about giving a baby up for adoption in Iowa at your fingertips. However, that doesn’t mean the intent of this article is to push you toward any one decision; what you choose for your child is up to you and you alone. However, if you want to know what happens if you give a baby up for adoption in Iowa, see below.

How do I put my unborn baby up for adoption in Iowa?

If you’re thinking about “giving your baby up” for adoption in Iowa, it can be helpful to understand just exactly how the process will go. While each adoption is unique, you can expect to follow this general outline when you give a baby up for adoption in Iowa:

  1. Choose to pursue adoption. Adoption is not for everyone. This is an extremely important decision, and it’s not one that you should make lightly. And while your friends and family may mean well with their advice, it’s crucial that you are 100 percent confident in your decision to pursue adoption if that is what you end up choosing. To speak with a social worker about what adoption could look like for you, please feel free to call 1-800-ADOPTION at any time. 

  2. Make your adoption plan. After you have committed to choosing adoption for your child, you’ll be assigned to an American Adoptions adoption specialist who will help to make sure the process goes exactly as you want it to. You’ll work with her to determine what you’re looking for in the perfect adoptive family, the amount of communication you’d like to have with them, and much more.

  3. Find a family for your baby. As a pregnant woman considering adoption in Iowa, it’s your right to ensure that your child goes to the perfect family. This is why each American Adoptions family completes an adoptive family video profile, which helps you to get to know them before making the decision to reach out. It’s also important to know that we’ll never show you a family who hasn’t undergone home studies and background checks to ensure that they are able to provide a safe home for a child.

  4. Get to know your child’s adoptive family. After you’ve connected with an adoptive family for your child and made the choice to place your baby with them, you’ll be able to start developing your relationship with them. Whenever possible, American Adoptions recommends open adoption, which means that the adoptive family, birth family and adopted child share communication. This can happen through calls, emails, texts, or in-person visits — whatever you’re comfortable with.

  5. Make a hospital plan. Like all other pregnant women, you’ll want to prepare for your hospital stay. However, as a woman thinking about adoption in Iowa, you’ll need to include a few additional details. Do you want the adoptive parents in the room when you have your baby? Do you want time alone with your child? Who should hold him or her first? Your adoption specialist will help you to make sure your day goes exactly according to your preferences.

  6. Continue to work on your relationship with your child and their family. The relationship you’ve already begun to work on with your baby’s adoptive parents should be a lifelong one. This will continue to evolve and change, as all relationships do, but will grow to include your baby as well after he or she is born. Sometimes communication with them may be easier for you, while other times you may feel you need space to grieve. As time passes, this is something you will navigate with the adoptive family.

For more information about adoption for babies in Iowa, or to learn what putting a baby up for adoption could look like for you, please call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION or request free information online.

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