How to Place a Baby for Adoption in Arizona
And What to Expect When 'Giving Baby Up' for Adoption in AZ
If you are reading this, you are brave. It takes incredible strength, courage and love to even begin to consider “giving a baby up” for adoption in Arizona. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t want the absolute best for your child, and it’s great that you are taking the time to learn about all of your options.
Many pregnant women considering adoption in Arizona have asked questions like:
“Is adoption free?”
“Can I get paid for adoption expenses in Arizona?”
“Does the baby’s father need to be involved in the adoption?”
“Can I stay in touch with my child and their adoptive family if I want to?”
To start answering these questions, you can call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION, or request more information online for free and with no obligation to choose adoption.
The idea of putting a baby up for adoption in Arizona might be overwhelming, but we are here to answer any questions you have and help you better understand the process. In the meantime, you can also learn more about the adoption process by reading the following overview of how to place a baby for adoption in Arizona:
Step 1: Decide if Adoption is the Right Path for You
Facing an unplanned pregnancy is daunting, and the decision that follows is most likely one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make. The first step you should take is to educate yourself about your three unplanned pregnancy options:
Nobody can tell you which option is right for you. This decision needs to be made on your own, and you need to completely understand the options available to you.
You’ve probably heard of people “putting a baby up for adoption” or “giving a baby up for adoption” in Arizona. This way of speaking and thinking makes adoption seem like a negative choice for an unplanned pregnancy. It tends to suggest a mother is abandoning or “giving up” on her child. This is not the case.
The decision of putting your baby up for adoption is not one that is made lightly. It takes a great deal of thought and love for your baby. Adoption is selfless, and it is a choice you make because you want to give your baby the best life they can have, with loving parents who are able to raise them.
Step 2: Make Your Arizona Adoption Plan
The most important thing to understand is that you are always in control of your adoption plan when you’re giving your baby up for adoption in Arizona. You are calling the shots in every aspect of your adoption, including:
Choosing the adoptive family you envision your child growing up with
Deciding how much contact you wish to have with the family before and after the adoption is finalized
Determining the details of your hospital and delivery plan
Every decision throughout the adoption process is made by you. As one of the leading adoption agencies in the United States, American Adoptions is here to educate you about your options and help make your plan happen in Arizona.
Step 3: Choose the Adoptive Family
Many pregnant women considering adoption in AZ worry that choosing an adoptive family will be difficult, but most find it to be a reassuring stage of the adoption process. Many women find that when they see the “right” family’s adoption profile, they feel more at ease with their adoption decision.
Every adoptive family with American Adoptions:
Has been home-study approved by the state of Arizona and has had background checks and clearances in AZ and on a federal level
Is fully committed to adoption and is excited and ready to raise a child
Is excited to get to know you and have a relationship with you through phone calls, email and more, both before and after the adoption is finalized, to whatever extent you are comfortable with
Here’s how you find the right adoptive parents when you’re putting your baby up for adoption in Arizona:
You and your American Adoptions specialist talk about the kind of family you picture your family growing up with, including location, pets, siblings, religion, education and more.
Your Arizona adoption specialist will share with you the profiles of potential adoptive parents that match what you have envisioned for your child. If you choose to do so, they will arrange calls with the families you like so that you can all talk.
You’ll be able to ask potential parents questions and talk about the shared dreams you have for your baby and how you’d like your adoption to go.
After you’ve chosen your baby’s family, you can continue communicating with them until the baby is born. If you place your baby for adoption in Arizona, you’re able to remain in contact with them after the adoption is finalized and throughout your baby’s life, to whatever extent you are comfortable with.
Many women who have placed their child for adoption feel as if they’ve gained an extended family. It can be a unique lifelong bond built through love.
Step 4: Make Your Birth Plan
Creating a clear plan for your stay in the hospital for the birth of your baby can help you feel more prepared and relaxed. When you’re considering adoption in AZ, you will work with your adoption specialist to create a birth plan that works for you. You’ll decide:
Who you want to be with you in the hospital room and/or delivery room for support
How much you’d like the adoptive family to be involved in the birth of the baby
Who will hold your baby first and when
How much time you’d like to spend with your baby and the adoptive family
If you’d like to give your baby a little gift, such as a letter, photo, or other memento to mark the special day
Arizona adoption law requires you to wait at least 72 hours before giving consent to the adoption. All consent must be given in writing. When you give consent to adoption, it means you are voluntarily terminating your legal parental rights, which places your child in the care of their adoptive parents.
Step 5: Adjust to Post-Adoption Life
Following the birth and placement of your baby, you are officially a “birth parent.” Birth parents can play a special role in their child’s life.
Post-adoption contact after giving up a baby for adoption in Arizona can be whatever you want it to be. This can include phone calls, texts, letters, emails, video calls, visits, or whatever you want it to be! Open adoption is completely what you make it.
However, if you don’t feel comfortable talking directly with your child’s adoptive family, American Adoptions can mediate communication for up to 18 years after the adoption. Every post-adoption relationship is different. It is entirely up to you.
“Giving up” a baby for adoption in Arizona doesn’t mean saying “goodbye” forever. You can learn more about the Arizona adoption process and the ways in which you can create an adoption plan that’s right for you by calling 1-800-ADOPTION now for obligation-free information, or you can request more free information online.
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