How to Place a Baby for Adoption in Arizona
And What to Expect When 'Giving Baby Up' for Adoption in AZ
There are many benefits of adoption to think about:
Adoption is always free.
Through adoption, financial assistance for pregnancy-related expenses is available.
An adoption professional can help you navigate the role of the birth father in an adoption.
An open adoption gives you the opportunity to create a life-long bond with the adoptive family and your child.
The best way to make sure you experience those benefits is by working with the right adoption agency.
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.
To start answering these questions, you can call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION, or get more information online for free and with no obligation to choose adoption.
Prospective adoptive families looking for more information on how to adopt a child can fill out our online contact form here.
Step 1: Decide if Adoption is the Right Path for You [Adoption is Always an Option]
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. The first step you should take is to educate yourself about your three unplanned pregnancy options:
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.
If you are pregnant and know that parenting isn’t an option, and you still want to give your baby an amazing life, then adoption could be right for you. Lindsey, a birth mother who placed a child for adoption through our agency, knows she made the best possible decision for her and her child, and did so out of love.
“[Some people] were not nice to me; they told me I ‘gave my baby away,’ that I didn’t love her, that this was the easy way out. This was not the easy way out,” Lindsey said. “This was way harder than people would think, because you form that connection with that baby, you deliver them, and 48 hours later, essentially, they’re gone. Not gone forever, but it’s just different. I knew that what I was doing in placing Charlotte for adoption was 100 percent out of love. I loved her so much that I had to be selfless.”
Step 2: Make Your Arizona Adoption Plan [You Get to Make Every Decision for Your Adoption]
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
You make every decision throughout the adoption process. 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.
Sara, a birth mother that placed her baby for adoption through our agency felt scared and unsure of what to do with her unplanned pregnancy, but found adoption and is grateful for her experience.
“I didn’t know what to do, so I got on the internet and searched ‘adoption.’ I was trying to convince myself it was the right thing to do. The next day, I called American Adoptions and left my information. I had never known anyone who’d been through adoption, and I had a lot of questions. Social worker Erin immediately returned my call. She answered my questions, and we discussed the concept of adoption. When I hung up the phone (crying), I knew this was the right choice for me and the baby. It was what my child deserved.”
If you’re ready to speak to an adoption professional about putting your baby up for adoption, or to get information on your adoption options in Arizona, call us for free at 1-800-ADOPTION, or fill out our online form here.
Step 3: Choose the Adoptive Family [Hundreds of Hopeful Adoptive Families are Waiting]
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.
Our agency will provide you with:
24/7 counseling and educational support throughout your adoption journey and beyond.
Our national size and scope brings available adoptive families from across the country to your fingertips as you begin searching for the perfect adoptive couple.
Your adoption plan is created to fit your personal needs and visions for your adoption.
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 [You are in Control of Your Hospital Stay]
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 , which will take place when you complete your adoption paperwork. Once your paperwork is complete, you’ll voluntarily and officially place your child with the adoptive family.
Step 5: Adjust to Post-Adoption Life [You Can Build a Life-Long Bond]
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.
Birth mother Randi, like most women, chose an open adoption and can’t imagine not having an open connection with her child and the adoptive family.
“I love still being able to have that connection with Juniper,” she said. “I get all jittery thinking about it because it’s going to blow my mind when she’s five and she starts talking, and I can actually talk to her and have a conversation with her.”
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.
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Michelle, a birth parent specialist and a birth parent herself, is ready to answer any questions you have about adoption.
“I am available to answer any questions that arise, particularly from birth moms, as I have been in your shoes and know how you are feeling,” Michelle said. “It was most helpful to me when I had someone to talk to who would just listen to me without making any judgments or conclusions about who I was as a person.”
You can ask Michelle questions about the Cape Coral, FL adoption process online. You can also call us toll free at 1-800-ADOPTION, or get free information with our online contact form for prospective birth mothers considering adoption here. Adoptive families wanting more information on adopting a child can click here to get more information.
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