How to Place a Baby for Adoption in Ohio in 5 Simple Steps
And Why You're Not "Giving Up"
When deciding how to handle an unexpected pregnancy, you have three options to consider: parenting, abortion and adoption. There will never be a single “correct” answer — there can only be the option that’s right for you.
And only you can decide what that is.
Here at American Adoptions, we understand the situation that you are in — and we empathize with what you are currently feeling. As one of the leading adoption agencies in the nation, we can provide you with judgement-free education about placing a baby for adoption in Ohio. And, whatever decision you choose to make, we will always support your right to do so.
If you’re considering placing a child for adoption in Ohio, the following information will give you a general understanding of what this process is really like:
How to Put a Baby Up for Adoption in Ohio
Step 1: Decide if Adoption is the Right Path for You
Again, adoption isn’t going to be the right unplanned pregnancy option for every woman. But maybe it is for you.
Here’s what you should know first: Phrases like “giving a baby up for adoption” or “putting a baby up for adoption” in Ohio don’t take into account the serious amount of thought and love that go into an adoption decision. Every pregnant woman considering “giving a baby up” for adoption in Ohio will have a different reason for doing so, but there is a common thread— anyone considering adoption is doing so because they want the best for their baby.
They’re not “giving up”; they’re giving a life they cannot provide themselves.
You may have some questions at this stage. That’s completely normal. Other pregnant women thinking about adoption in Ohio often ask us questions like:
- “Is adoption free?”
- “How do I put my unborn baby up for adoption?”
- “Does the birth father of the baby have to be involved in the adoption?”
- “Can I stay in contact with my child if I wanted to?”
- “Can you pick who adopts your baby?”
We’re here to answer all these questions and more. Call us at 1-800-ADOPTION now. It’s free, confidential, available 24 hours, and there’s never any obligation to choose adoption.
Step 2: Establish the Details of Your Adoption Plan
If you choose to pursue adoption, you’re in full control of the process. You’re in charge of all the decisions when you’re giving your baby up for adoption in Ohio, including:
- The adoptive parents and family your child grows up with
- Where you give birth and receive medical care, and who is there to support you throughout your hospital stay
- How much post-adoption communication you want with the family and your child
- And more
Your American Adoptions specialist will be there to educate you about your adoption options, to offer counseling and support, and to guide you through the process of putting your baby up for adoption in Ohio.
Step 3: Choose Your Child’s Adoptive Parents
Often, when pregnant women considering adoption in Ohio see their child’s potential adoptive family in their adoption profile, they have a sense of “rightness.” You can find that peace of mind, too.
When viewing adoption profiles, know that all adoptive families with American Adoptions are:
- Already approved on a federal level (as well as in Ohio) through home studies, background checks and more
- Excited to grow their family through adoption
- Just as excited to get to know you and have a relationship with you through contact before and after the adoption, to whatever extent you’re comfortable with
Here’s how to find adoptive parents when you’re giving a baby up for adoption in Ohio:
Step 1: You’ll talk with your American Adoptions specialist about the kind of family you picture your child having, including where they’ll live, what the parents will be like, if they will have siblings and more.
Step 2: Your Ohio adoption specialist will give you profiles of potential adoptive parents that are similar to what you were picturing. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know adoptive families that interest you through conference calls.
Step 3: Once you’ve selected your baby’s parents, you can continue communicating until the birth and then, if you place your baby for adoption with them, you can stay in regular contact throughout your child’s life.
The bond between birth and adoptive parents can be an important, strong, lifelong relationship. When you place a baby for adoption in Ohio with our agency, you can know that you’ll always be connected to your child, in whatever manner works best for you.
Step 4: Create Your Birth Plan
Having an established plan for your time in the hospital during delivery can help you feel calm and prepared. When you’re pregnant and considering adoption in Ohio, you and your adoption specialist will create a birth plan that suits you.
You’ll consider factors like:
- How much or little you’d like the adoptive family to be involved during the birth of the baby
- Who you want to be with you at the hospital or in the delivery room as your support system
- Who holds your baby and when
- If there are any letters, gifts, or photos you’d like your baby to have as a reminder of this special day
Ohio adoption law requires you to wait at least 72 hours after giving birth before you can offer your adoption consent. By giving consent to adoption in Ohio, you’re voluntarily terminating legal parental rights. This places your child with their adoptive family.
This can be the most difficult step in the adoption process, but know that your specialist and adoption attorney will be there to support you and answer your questions about your rights, the birth father’s involvement and anything else. No matter how long you’ve worked with our agency, you will always have the right to change your mind about your adoption plan at any time.
Step 5: Form a Post-Adoption Relationship that Meets Your Needs
If you’re interested in maintaining a relationship after giving your baby up for adoption, you can absolutely do that through an open adoption in Ohio. No two open adoptions are alike; each will have different levels of communication and openness.
You can communicate with the adoptive family through:
- Video chat
- Phone calls
- Any combination of these — frequently, occasionally, or somewhere in between
An open adoption is simply about whatever makes everyone happy and comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable with direct communication with your child’s family, American Adoptions can mediate contact for up to 18 years after giving your infant up for adoption in Ohio.
Placing a baby for adoption in Ohio means that you can customize an adoption plan that you’re comfortable with, so that you can do what you feel is best for both you and your baby. If you’re ready to learn more about creating an adoption plan with our agency, please call us at 1-800-ADOPTION to talk with an adoption specialist or request more free information about adoption online.
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