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How to Give a Baby Up for Adoption in AR In 7 Simple Steps

Why You’re Not “Giving Up”

If you’re pregnant and considering adoption in Arkansas, you’re facing one of the hardest decisions of your life. Whatever you may have thought about giving a baby up for adoption before, the situation looks so much different when it’s you facing this impossible choice.

The bottom line is that you have three options in this situation: parenting, abortion or adoption. Please know that no one can tell you what to do about your unplanned pregnancy. The decision is up to you and you alone, and no one should be attempting to sway you in any direction. You know what’s best for you and for your baby.

As adoption professionals, we simply hope to provide you with information about what would happen should you choose to give a newborn up for adoption in Arkansas. This information isn’t meant to persuade you in any way, but rather to educate you if you’re thinking about adoption.

Remember, no one can tell you how to decide whether or not you want to put your baby up for adoption, now or after your baby is born. American Adoptions is simply here to help.

Our specialists are always available 24/7 to answer your questions about giving a baby up for adoption in Arkansas. Don’t hesitate to reach out anytime at 1-800-ADOPTION or request free information with our online form.

Oh, and don’t forget — we have a local Arkansas office to assist you, too:

103 S. 3rd Street
Rogers, AR 72756

How to Give Up a Baby for Adoption in Arkansas

Before you decide putting a newborn up for adoption is the right answer for your unplanned pregnancy, you should first understand what this process involves. Although each adoption journey is unique, there are a few general steps you can expect if you choose this path.

Step 1: Choose to place your baby for adoption in AR.

Before you do anything else, you must decide that placing your baby for adoption in Arkansas is the right decision for you and your child. Fortunately, we offer confidential, free unplanned pregnancy support to get you the information you need.

When you first form a relationship with your adoption specialist at American Adoptions, she’ll make sure you feel confident in your adoption decision and that you understand what this whole process entails. She’ll talk to you about how adoption is free and how you may receive financial assistance along the way. She’ll also explain how you’ll create an adoption plan, as well as who must consent to the adoption.

Before you take this path, it’s important to be 100% committed from the start. Understanding some of the benefits of the process can help you feel confident — and help you understand that this process is not “giving up” your child for adoption in Arkansas.

Instead, it’s giving your child a life of opportunities and love.

Step 2: Create your adoption plan.

Your adoption specialist will help you create a personal plan for your adoption journey. You’ll talk about what you’re looking for in an adoptive family, how much contact and in what form you want to have with them and your baby, how you want your hospital stay to go, and more.

You are always in the driver’s seat of the adoption process with American Adoptions. And, you always reserve the right to change your mind about placing your baby for adoption at any time, even after you give birth. We will always respect your decision, no matter what.

Step 3: Choose an adoptive family.

 American Adoptions works with hundreds of families who are waiting to adopt a baby. They have all completed home studies, as well as background checks, and are excited to get to know you. You will always have the final choice of who you will place your child for adoption with.

As a national agency, American Adoptions works with families in Arkansas and across the country, so if it’s important to you that your child stay in your home state, that can be accommodated. You’ll be able to look through adoptive family written profiles, as well as adoptive family video profiles, to learn more about each family before deciding to talk to any of them.

Step 4: Get to know the adoptive family you’ve chosen.

At American Adoptions, we recommend open adoptions. This means you’ll share some degree of contact with the adoptive family and your baby until he or she turns 18, should you choose to. This could mean occasional pictures and letter updates, or it could mean regular phone calls and visits. It’s entirely up to you.

But, what does this mean during your pregnancy? It means you can get to know a prospective adoptive family before you place your baby for adoption with them. Together, you can choose an open adoption agreement that works best for everyone involved. Adoption is a relationship, and it will continue to grow and evolve as time passes.

If you’re considering adoption in Arkansas, you will get as much time as you need to choose the perfect adoptive family. Whether you are thinking about adoption early in your pregnancy or after you’ve given birth, you will have the same right to make the best decision for your child, however long that may take.

Step 5: Prepare your hospital plan.

When you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption in Arkansas, planning for your hospital stay can be a little complicated. In addition to your labor and delivery plan, you’ll need to think about factors like who should hold your baby first, how much time you want to spend with the baby and the adoptive parents, who you want in the room with you, and more.

Fortunately, when you work with American Adoptions, your specialist will guide you through this planning process.

In Arkansas, you can consent to your child’s adoption at any point after you give birth. If you’re thinking about giving a baby up for adoption at this time, we will provide you a lawyer, who will explain your rights to you during this legal step.

Step 6: Maintaining an adoptive relationship.

Just because you put a baby up for adoption in Arkansas doesn’t mean that your adoption experience is over. On the contrary, the majority of adoptive parents will be honored to continue sharing contact with you as the months and years go by. Maintaining your open adoption relationship with the adoptive family will help you to stay updated on your baby’s life, and you can participate as much (or as little) as you feel comfortable with.

Remember: No one should every try to tell you what to do with your unplanned pregnancy. That decision is yours and yours alone. If, however, you want to talk about the possibility of placing a newborn for adoption in Arkansas, don’t hesitate to call American Adoptions anytime at 1-800-ADOPTION. You can also request free information here.

We will be happy to get you the counseling and education you need to make the best decision for you.

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