When you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy, it can be difficult to know where to find judgement-free information about putting up your baby for adoption in Pennsylvania. If you’re still not sure about choosing adoption, take time to educate yourself about all of your three unplanned pregnancy options in PA:
When assessing their unplanned pregnancy options, many women want there to be one “right” answer. But the answer is simply the one that’s right for you! Only you can decide what that is.
However, as one of the foremost adoption agencies in the U.S., we’re best-qualified to educate you about how to give up baby for adoption in Pennsylvania safely. The following information will be helpful if you’re pregnant and considering adoption in PA:
First, put aside the negative stereotypes of adoption that include phrases like “giving a baby up for adoption” or “putting a baby up for adoption.” Women who choose adoption for their children are making a conscious, thoughtful and loving choice that they feel will improve their child’s life.
It’s not an easy choice to make, and adoption is not the right path for everyone. But if you’re considering adoption, it means that you want your child to have the best life possible with loving parents who are prepared and excited to raise them.
Adoption is free for expectant mothers, and includes covering all costs associated with your pregnancy and birth
You’re in full control of your adoption plan, including choosing adoptive parents
After placement, you will be able to keep in contact with your child and the adoptive family through open adoption
You’re always in control of your personal adoption plan when giving your baby up for adoption in Pennsylvania. This includes:
Choosing your child’s adoptive family
Establishing the details of your birth plan
Deciding how much contact you wish to have with the family after the adoption
We’ll be there every step of the way to ensure that you have all the information you need to make the right decisions for you. While your personal adoption specialist will guide you throughout the legal and emotional processes of putting your baby up for adoption in Pennsylvania, the decisions in the process remain yours. We’re here for whatever counseling and advice you may need throughout your adoption process.
One step of giving baby up for adoption in PA that many women considering adoption are eager to learn more about is choosing adoptive parents for their baby. Some expectant parents considering adoption worry that they won’t know how to choose the “right” family for their child. Chances are, when you see the “right” family’s adoption profile, you’ll simply know it!
Here’s how to find adoptive parents when you’re placing a baby up for adoption in Pennsylvania:
You’ll describe the kind of life you picture for your child to your American Adoptions specialist, such as where they might live, if they’d have siblings, pets, religion, etc.
Your PA adoption specialist will gather adoption profiles of adoptive parents that match what you described for you to look through. If you find a family that feels right to you, you can all talk through a mediated conference call.
If you choose that couple to be your child’s parents, you can continue to talk to and get to know each other leading up to the delivery.
If you place your baby, you can stay in touch regularly after the adoption to whatever extent you all prefer.
You can have the relationship you want to have with your child and their adoptive parents after giving baby up for adoption with an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption. The amount of contact you wish to have post-adoption is your choice!
If you’re thinking about adoption in Pennsylvania, establishing a plan for your time in the hospital can make you feel more prepared and comfortable when it comes time for you to deliver. You and your adoption specialist can create a birth plan that feels right to you, factoring in things like:
Who you prefer to have with you as your support system in the hospital or delivery room
If and when you’d like the adoptive family to be involved in the birth
Who holds your baby and when
If there are any letters, photos, or special mementos you’d like to give to your baby to remember the day by
Once the baby is born, Pennsylvania adoption law states that you must wait at least 72 hours before you can offer your consent to an adoption. By consenting to adoption, you voluntarily terminate legal parental rights and place your child with their adoptive parents. Up until you give your consent, you’re under no obligation to choose adoption; you can change your mind and discontinue the adoption process at any time.
Birth parents can play a very special role in their biological child’s life long after an adoption is complete. How much post-adoption contact you wish to have after giving up a baby for adoption in PA can take any form you want. Open adoptions often include:
Or any combination of these, depending on whatever makes everyone feel happy, comfortable and loved
Not all birth parents feel comfortable communicating directly with their child’s family — and that’s perfectly fine. American Adoptions can mediate contact between birth and adoptive families for up to 18 years after the adoption.
Remember that every adoption relationship is unique. Some birth parents prefer a very open relationship with their child and their family. Others feel more comfortable with the occasional letter or email and have a more closed adoption relationship. This is just another part of placing a baby for adoption in Pennsylvania that can be whatever you want to make it!
If you’re considering adoption, call 1-800-ADOPTION now. It’s free, it’s confidential, available 24/7 and you can get answers to any questions you may have about adoption in Pennsylvania with no obligation to choose adoption.
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