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Adoption Process

Adoption can help you take back control of your life when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. And when you find the right adoptive family, you’ll know that your child will be loved and supported their whole life.

Here’s How the Process of Putting a Baby Up for Adoption Works:

Step 1: Connect with Your Dedicated Adoption Specialist

Adoption specialists at American Adoptions give you one-on-one support and help you with the following:

  • 24/7 personal assistance so that you never feel alone in your journey.
  • Creating an adoption plan customized to fit your needs and gives you complete control over your adoption.
  • Choosing from the widest selection of pre-screened families in the U.S. to ensure you find the best family for your child.
  • Completion of a simplified process from start to finish.
  • Deciding future plans for your contact with the adoptive family and your child.

We provide you with complete care throughout the adoption process, allowing you to focus on a happy and healthy pregnancy. Compare that with most other agencies that only provide pregnant women with support and resources for certain aspects of the adoption process.

In fact, many professionals, such as consultants and adoption centers, are “match and release” agencies. This means they might specialize in finding a potential family, but they do not provide the necessary services to complete the adoption process in its entirety.

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Our services are always 100% free when placing a child for adoption. All legal and medical costs are fully covered, and financial assistance helps with pregnancy-related living expenses.

Step 2: Create a Custom Adoption Plan

Your adoption specialist acts as your personal assistant, helping you create a customized adoption plan that is the blueprint for your entire experience.

We will handle all of the adoption process details while you focus on building a relationship with the family if you so choose.

Your customized plan includes: 

  • Help with rent and bills.
  • Your preferences for the ideal family for your child.
  • Contact with the family before the baby is born.
  • The legal process of the adoption.
  • Contact and the relationship with the adoptive family and baby after the adoption is completed.

You can speak to real birth moms who know what adoption is like and an experienced staff who is with you every step of the way.

Benefits For You

  • Help With Rent and Bills
  • 24/7 Birth Mother Support
  • Birth Father Answers
  • Control Over Your Adoption
  • Pursue Your Future Dreams
  • A Better Life For Your Child

Step 3: Choose the Right Family for Your Child

Part of choosing a brighter future through adoption is finding a family that fits your vision of the ideal situation for your child. 

We work with the widest selection of families waiting to adopt, and our screening process means you get to choose from the best families in the country. 

When choosing a family, you can expect to:

  • Pick from families that have completed a 52-step screening process to ensure they will be great parents.  
  • Find a family that matches your preferences and is eager to get to know you.
  • Watch videos and see pictures of the family to decide if that is the desired life for your child.

Click here to start looking at adoptive family profiles.

Step 4: Get to Know the Adoptive Family

Now that you’ve found the best family for your child, you can move forward and focus on getting to know them. You can choose which type of contact is best for you. This can include the use of:

  • Emails.
  • Texts.
  • Voice and video calls.
  • In-person visits.

It’s up to you to decide how much contact you have and the best contact type. 

Getting to know the family offers many benefits and helps build a foundation for open communication after the adoption is complete, allowing you to remain connected to your child.

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Step 5: Plan for Birth and Life After Placement

Your customized adoption plan includes creating a hospital plan for you and your baby. It’s important to know the adoptive family comes to you and will follow your hospital plan as it’s laid out. 

Being in complete control of what happens at the hospital means you get to:

  • Decide how much contact you have with the family to celebrate this moment together.
  • Choose how much time you spend with your child and feel comfort in knowing they are going to a loving family.

Your adoption specialist will also help you prepare for the remaining legal process and completion of your adoption paperwork.

The personal assistance you get from your specialist will also include preparing for life ahead.

Life after adoption is full of possibilities. Many birth mothers have gone on to pursue educational goals and accomplish great things in their careers. They dream about a brighter future, and adoption helped turn those dreams into a reality.

Because of adoption, you can focus on what’s ahead. An adoptive couple will complete their family. And your child will always be loved.

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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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