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Putting Your Baby Up for Adoption After Birth [Complete Guide]

It is Never Too Late to Give a Baby Up for Adoption

Looking to start the adoption process immediately? Get the services you need now by calling 1-800-ADOPTION (1-800-236-7846).

Adoption is always an option for you. Choosing adoption for your baby is brave because it can give your child a wonderful life in a loving family.

And it’s never too late to choose adoption.

  • You can choose adoption at the hospital.

  • You can choose adoption after birth.

  • You can choose adoption in the weeks and months after returning home.

Because there is no maximum age to give a child up for adoption, you shouldn’t be deterred if you’ve decided that adoption is the best choice for you, minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months after your baby is born.

By choosing to place your baby for adoption after birth, you’re not giving up on them and on being a parent — you’re making the choice to give your baby the best life possible.

Get free help with how to “give a baby up” for adoption in the hospital, after birth or after taking them home by contacting us today.

How to “Give a Baby Up” for Adoption in the Hospital

You may not know until the last minute. Situations like this are often unclear. When the realization hits that adoption is the best option for your baby, you’re probably going to have a lot of questions. And that’s completely normal!

Adoption can be confusing. That’s why working with an agency like American Adoptions is so important for you. Our team of specialists guides you through the process, providing answers to all of those questions.

Here’s the most important thing to know right now: Adoption is always an option for you.

Not only can you choose adoption at hospital — you can have the same adoption experience as any other prospective birth mother. The only difference is that the adoption process may be sped up to help you choose adoptive parents for your baby faster.

Last-minute hospital adoptions are common, and we’re experienced at supporting women through the process that accompanies this brave and difficult decision. We do have to warn you: Not all agencies have experience with putting a baby up for adoption at the hospital.

The larger an agency’s staff and the longer it’s been around, the more likely it is to have the experience you’re going to need to turn this stressful time into a successful adoption.

If you’re wondering how to put a baby up for adoption in the hospital, know that you will still have the same rights and play the same role in the adoption process as any other prospective birth mother. With American Adoptions, you can:

  • Choose an adoptive family while lying in your hospital bed

  • Talk with them on the phone while they are driving to meet you and your baby

  • Be confident in your choice, because each of our adoptive families is already pre-screened and excited to become parents

And as with all adoptions, you remain in control of your adoption plan when you “give a baby up” for adoption in hospital.

You will get to:

  • Choose the adoptive family

  • Determine the post-adoption relationship

  • Decide on any contact you want prior to delivering

For example, you may meet an adoptive family before choosing them, just days before your due date, if necessary.

If you’re not sure how to “give a baby up” for adoption at the hospital, start by calling 1-800-ADOPTION right now. We’ll walk you through the process of giving up a baby for adoption at hospital and work with you to find the adoptive parents that you feel are right — and we’ll help you to do it quickly enough so that your baby’s future family will be ready and on their way to meet you as soon as you’re ready.

To learn more about the process for giving a baby up for adoption at hospital, call us now.

Can You Put Your Baby up for Adoption After Birth?

Yes, you can put your child up for adoption after birth. You can choose to place a child for adoption weeks or months after he or she has been born. Even if you’ve taken your child home and have been caring for him or her, you can still choose adoption if you feel it’s the right course of action for you and your child.

If you choose to put a baby up for adoption after birth, whether it’s immediately after they’re born or months later, here’s what will happen:

  • Step 1: You’ll contact an American Adoptions specialist at 1-800-ADOPTION. They’ll help you fill out your social and medical history forms and determine your preferences for an adoptive family.

  • Step 2: The specialist will send you some profiles of families to choose from that match your preferences. If you’d like to take a look at some of those profiles now, click here.

  • Step 3: Once you choose a family, they will be notified and be on their way to you as soon as possible. Depending on how close they live to you, you may meet them within hours. They might even talk to you on the phone as they’re traveling, if possible.

  • Step 4: Once you meet the adoptive family, you can clarify your preferences for open adoption contact and your post-adoption relationship.

  • Step 5: With the assistance of a social worker and a lawyer, you will consent to the adoption and the adoptive family will take custody of your baby.

Deciding to give your baby up for adoption at the last minute can be stressful, which is why American Adoptions does all it can to make the process as smooth as possible for you. These last-minute adoptions still offer: 

  • Free medical expenses, so you don’t have to worry about affording the cost of your delivery and postpartum care

  • Free legal expenses, giving you access to an adoption attorney who will make sure you feel 100% comfortable with the adoption paperwork you complete

  • 24/7 adoption support, so you can reach a trained adoption specialist for counseling, whenever you need it 

  • And other financial support

Just because you are choosing to place your baby for adoption after birth does not mean that you are treated any differently from a mother who chooses adoption earlier in her pregnancy. Your comfort is of the utmost importance to us, and our specialists are available 24 hours a day. They’ll help you navigate your feelings about adoption and the future of your child so you can be confident in your decision.

And if you’d like to see what adoption can mean to a child, and how your child might feel about adoption, watch this video.

Remember, it is never too late to “give” your baby up for adoption. Whether you’ve been parenting your child or you just gave birth and you’re wondering who to contact about adoption, there is no “deadline” for giving your baby up for adoption.

To get started now, or if you still have questions about putting a child up for adoption after birth, please call our adoption specialists at any time at 1-800-ADOPTION. We can help you start an adoption plan right away.

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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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