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"I Want to Give My Unborn Child Up for Adoption"

Why It's Never Too Early or Too Late to Consider Adoption

An adoptive family will love your baby for their entire life.

  • Fact: Adoptive parents spend years waiting for this moment, making them extremely prepared to be great parents.

  • Fact: Adoptees often see their birth parents as heroes because they see how adoption gave them a loving family.

  • Fact: Adoption can be the best thing for your baby because the adoptive family will love, cherish and protect them their entire life.

Are you thinking about “giving your unborn kid up” for adoption? Many women thinking about adoption have found the help they need from our team. We think it’s important that you feel encouraged and supported. We want you to receive the best support, and that means:

This guide will cover all of these things. If you’re ready to talk to an adoption specialist right now, simply call 1-800-ADOPTION.

Adoption Is Not “Giving Up”

Adoption isn’t a choice you make overnight. It may take time to realize that adoption is the best thing for your baby.

Help is available for you at any time during your pregnancy, whether you make this decision in the first few months or at the last minute. You can decide you want to “give” your unborn kid up for adoption at any point during pregnancy (or even after birth), and American Adoptions will be ready to help.

You might feel unsure about calling because you’re worried that choosing adoption is the same as “giving up.” This isn’t the case at all. Choosing adoption isn’t “giving up” your child — it’s giving them a loving family who can provide the type of life you want for your baby.

“I was adopted when I was 16 days old. Because of adoption, my life was filled with love and opportunity,” Scott Mars, the founder of American Adoptions and an adoptee himself, said this in a video about how adoption was the best thing that could have happened for his life. You can watch that video here.

Who Can I Talk To?

Do you feel like no one can relate to what you’re experiencing? We get it. We know how hard things can feel when you’re trying to choose adoption. And we want you to know that you’re not alone.

Would you like to speak to someone who has been through the process before?

Michelle Downard, a birth mother herself, has been serving prospective birth mothers for years. She and the rest of our adoption specialists are here to help with any adoption-related questions you may have, like:

  • “How can adoption help me get through pregnancy?”

  • “Will the adoptive parents really love my baby?”

  • “Is this process going to be too hard for me?”

  • “What will my child think of me?”

“We are here to help women facing an unplanned pregnancy in any way by answering their questions and walking them through the adoption process. Whether they ultimately decide to parent or continue with adoption, we want to help women decide what is best for their individual situations," Michelle says.

Michelle (and many other birth parents) know from experience how helpful an agency can be during pregnancy, and how adoption can be the best thing for both yourself and your baby.

So, if you’re considering adoption for an unborn infant, you can click here to contact Michelle, our any of our adoption specialists, at any time, for free and with no obligation. You can also talk to us 24/7 by calling 1-800-ADOPTION.

No matter whether you’re considering adoption late in your pregnancy or early on, we’ll give you the same respect and opportunities as any other pregnant mother.

How to “Give Your Unborn Baby Up” for Adoption

It’s not your job to become an expert in the adoption process. That’s what agencies like American Adoptions are for (did you know that you can contact us for free, 24/7, to find out more about our services?).

But, it is helpful to understand how to “give your unborn baby up” for adoption because it will put you in the best position to make good decisions during the process.

When you work with American Adoptions, you will have your own adoption specialist to guide you through how to put your unborn baby up for adoption. Here’s how the adoption process will generally work for you:

Step 1: Get connected with an adoption specialist and make an adoption plan. When you fill out our online form or speak to an adoption specialist, you’ll get answers to your questions and learn more about how to create an adoption plan. This plan puts you in charge of the process, and it helps our specialists find the perfect adoptive family for you.

Step 2: Find the perfect adoptive parents. You get to choose the adoptive family you think will be perfect for your baby. When you work with American Adoptions, you can be sure that any hopeful adoptive parents you choose are ready for the responsibility. That’s because:

  • We extensively screen all potential adoptive parents, which means your child will be adopted by a safe, responsible family.

  • We work with more families than many other agencies so that you will have the best chance of finding the perfect family.

  • Our families’ profiles include personal videos, giving you a real sense of who they are.

Sometimes, it can be helpful to look at adoptive family profiles to imagine what it would be like if one of them adopted your child. You can look through as many profiles as you want when you click here. It’s never too late to find adoptive parents for your baby due to the hundreds of couples we have on file waiting to become adoptive parents.

Step 3: Get to know the adoptive parents. After picking an adoptive family, you will be able to talk to and meet them to make sure they’re the right fit for your baby. You’ll also be able to discuss post-adoption contact preferences. The level of openness in your adoption is totally up to you. You can:

  • Receive pictures and letters

  • Have regular phone calls

  • And even schedule in-person visits to stay connected with your child after placement.

Step 4: Complete the hospital stay and placement. When you give birth at the hospital, you will be in charge of every aspect. It’s here that you will complete the official adoption paperwork and your child will be placed with the adoptive family, who will love, cherish and protect them for the rest of their life.

Step 5: Watch your child thrive through open adoption. You have the option of remaining in contact with your child’s family as they grow up, and you’ll be provided free counseling from your adoption specialist as long as you need it.

If you’re wondering when you can “give a child up” for adoption, you can start the process at any time — early in pregnancy or just before your due date.

Remember that this is your choice and nobody else’s. If you think that the benefits of adoption make the most sense for yourself and your baby, then you can always pursue adoption. You are the only one who is qualified to decide whether or not you want to give your unborn baby up for adoption.

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Our adoption specialists are trained to provide you the assistance you need when you choose adoption for unborn babies, no matter how much time you have before you give birth.

When you contact us:

  • We still provide you the same services and advantageswhether you are considering adoption for your unborn baby right after discovering you’re pregnant, days before you give birth or after your baby is already born. The timeline is completely up to you.

  • You can get information, have your questions answered, and learn more about the benefits of adoption when you contact one of our specialists, and this call will always be free.

  • All of your information and the phone call itself are completely confidential.

You may still have questions about adoption. Is it right for you? How can you be sure you’ll find the right family? Does it matter if I’m early in my pregnancy, or if I’m choosing adoption at the last minute?

These are all good questions. You can find the answers you’re looking for today by speaking to a specialist.

“She was there for me when I didn’t have anybody, and she always knew just what to say,” Lindsey, a birth mother, said about her specialist with American Adoptions. “I did have a lot of concerns and fears, and she knew how to talk me through them... She was just amazing, and I’m so glad that she’s in my life.”

If you’d like to learn more or begin your process today, please call us as 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with an adoption specialist immediately. You can also get more free information online right now. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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