Potential adoptive parents have to go through a strict screening process before they’re approved to adopt a child. This is done to ensure that all children are placed into safe and prepared homes with a loving family.

But does a potential birth mom have to go through a similar screening process if she wants to place her child for adoption?

Here are some common questions asked by expectant parents who are considering adoption for their child:

“Can you get rejected for giving baby up for adoption?”

If you know for sure that placing your child is the best way to give them the future you want him/her to have, then you won’t be rejected by an adoption agency. American Adoptions welcomes anyone who has their child’s best interests at heart. We’ll help you create an adoption plan that you’re comfortable with.

“If you give your child up for adoption do you have to take a blood test?”

Not usually, no. Birth parents aren’t going to be prevented from placing a child for adoption if they’ve been using alcohol or drugs during their pregnancy, nor will you need to take a blood test to establish paternity unless you request one.

Blood tests may be administered by your doctor to monitor the health of you and your baby. Although being honest about everything that occurs during your pregnancy is extremely important for your baby’s health records, an adoption agency should never require you to take a blood test unless it’s medically necessary for your health and your baby’s.

“What are the legalities of giving baby up for adoption?”

Remember, you’re not going to “get in trouble” for placing a child for adoption. You’re the one who is responsible for his/her wellbeing, and if you decide that the best choice is to place them with a family who is ready and excited to care for them, then that’s your decision.

American Adoptions will provide you with legal counsel so that you’re always informed about each step of the adoption process. You’ll always know what’s happening and what your options are.

However, it is important to note that adoption should always go through formal legal channels. It’s never safe to place your baby with someone who hasn’t been properly screened, and you should only terminate your parental rights legally with the help of an adoption professional. This is critical for your safety as well as your baby’s.

“Are there any other things you need to put a baby up for adoption?”

Honestly, making an adoption plan is easier than you might think. You’ll need to call an adoption professional and go over all your choices in your adoption plan, but there aren’t any real requirements for placing a child for adoption.

The main thing you need if you’re adoption planning is support. Although the planning process of adoption is simple, the emotions that come with placing a child for adoption are much more complicated.

If you don’t feel like you have much emotional support at home from your family or friends, then don’t be afraid to turn to your adoption specialist for support. Your specialist can walk you through the requirements for placing a baby for adoption, as well as the emotions you may be facing.

Call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak to someone about adoption now. We’re here 24/7 and we can answer any questions you may have about adoption requirements, the adoption process and more.