An unexpected pregnancy is one of the biggest challenges a woman can face, and the decision that follows is one of the most difficult. It’s not something that anyone takes lightly. The first step you should take when you’re pregnant and not sure what to do is to educate yourself fully about your three unplanned pregnancy options in Texas:
There’s no one “right” answer. The choice is one that you need to make on your own. But as one of the leading adoption agencies in the U.S., we’re most qualified to provide you with judgement-free information about placing a baby for adoption in Texas.
To understand more about this option, here’s a basic overview for those who are pregnant and considering adoption in Texas:
You’ve probably heard of people “giving a baby up for adoption” or “putting a baby up for adoption” in Texas. But this way of speaking and thinking makes adoption seem like a negative for women who are choosing adoption for their children.
The decision of giving your baby up for adoption is something that takes a great deal of thought and love for your child. No matter the reason why you’re considering adoption, you’re always doing so because you want to give your baby the best life they can possibly have with loving parents who are ready and excited to raise them.
When considering their unplanned pregnancy options, other pregnant women thinking about adoption in Texas have asked questions like:
“Will the baby’s father need to get involved in the adoption?”
“Is adoption free?”
“Will I be able to keep in contact with my child and their adoptive family if I want to?”
Remember, if you have a question you can call 1-800-ADOPTION 24/7 for free information with no obligation to choose adoption.
First, you need to know that you’re always in control of your adoption plan when you’re giving your baby up for adoption in Texas. You’ll be calling the shots, including:
Choosing the adoptive parents and family you picture your child growing up with
Deciding the details of your hospital and delivery plan
Determining how much post-adoption contact you want to keep with the family afterwards
Every decision that’s made in the adoption process is yours, first and foremost. We’ll simply be here to educate you about your options and counsel you through the legal and emotional steps of putting your baby up for adoption in Texas.
Most pregnant women considering adoption in Texas find that choosing adoptive parents to raise their child is a surprisingly reassuring stage of the adoption process. Many women find that when they see the “right” family’s adoption profile, they feel a greater sense of peace with their adoption decision.
Every adoptive family with American Adoptions is:
Approved by the state of Texas and on a federal level via a home study, various background checks and more
Committed to creating their family through adoption and excited and ready to raise a child
Equally eager to know and have a relationship with you through email, phone exchanges, and more before and after the adoption, with post-adoption contact determined by your own level of comfort
Here’s how you find the right adoptive parents when you’re giving baby up for adoption in Texas:
You and your American Adoptions specialist talk about the kind of life you envision for your child and consider how you picture their family, including siblings, pets, travels, education, religion, hobbies and more.
Your TX adoption specialist presents profiles of prospective adoptive parents that match what you’re envisioning. If you want to get to know the family before placement, your adoption specialist will arrange a conference call with the families that feel right to you so that you can all talk.
You’ll talk to and get to know your child’s potential parents; ask questions, talk about the dreams you share for your baby and how you’d like the adoption to go.
When you’ve chosen your baby’s parents, you can keep communicating until the delivery and then if you place your baby, you’re free to remain in regular contact after the adoption is finalized throughout your baby’s life to whatever level you feel comfortable with.
The relationship you create with your child’s adoptive parents after giving baby up for adoption can be a unique lifelong bond. Many women find it’s similar to gaining extended family!
Knowing how you want your stay in the hospital for the delivery to go when you’re considering adoption in Texas can help you feel more prepared and relaxed. Together with your adoption specialist, you’ll create a birth plan that works for you. You’ll consider:
Who you want to be there in the hospital and/or delivery room for support
To what extent you want the adoptive family involved in the birth of the baby
Who will hold your baby first and at what times
Any gifts, letter, photos, or special mementos you’d like your baby to have to mark the important day
After the delivery, Texas adoption law requires that you wait a minimum of 48 hours until you can give your adoption consent. When you give consent to adoption, it means that you’re voluntarily terminating your legal parental rights, which places your child in the care of their adoptive parents.
Following adoption finalization, you are officially a “birth parent.” As a birth parent, you can play a special role in your child’s life.
Post-adoption contact after giving up a baby for adoption in Texas can take whatever form you want. An open adoption is entirely what you make it! This can include:
Or any combination of these and more— it’s all about what makes everyone feel comfortable and happiest
If you don’t feel comfortable talking directly with your child’s family, don’t worry; American Adoptions can help mediate communication for up to 18 years after the adoption. Every post-adoption relationship is different; some birth parents have very open relationships with their child and their parents. Other birth parents prefer to exchange the occasional email or have a more closed adoption. It’s simply another aspect of placing a baby for adoption in Texas that’s up to you!
Giving your baby up for adoption in Texas doesn’t mean saying “goodbye” forever. You can learn more about the Texas adoption process and the ways in which you can create an adoption plan that’s tailored to your adoption vision by calling 1-800-ADOPTION now for obligation-free information.
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