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In My Situation, Am I Still Able to Place My Child for Adoption?

Adoption is Always an Option

Everyone is different, and everyone has different, and sometimes challenging, situations.

Perhaps you more than anyone understands that the image of a "birth mother" isn't always the teenager seen on MTV's Teen Mom. The women who consider adoption often may already be moms, they may be older, or they may have medical issues or other things in their backgrounds, all of which may lead to feelings of "nobody would want to adopt my baby."

However, this couldn't be further from the truth.

American Adoptions has worked with countless women over our 25 year history, all of whom come from different races and cultures, different age groups and different medical backgrounds. Whatever your situation might be, it would be extremely rare for us to not be able to find an adoptive family who would be thrilled with the opportunity of providing your child with an amazing life.

Here are some of the varying situation women considering adoption may incorrectly believe "disqualify" them from creating an adoption plan:

Alcohol and Drug Usage 

Whether you have used alcohol or drugs in the past or are using them now, please understand that this has no affect on whether or not you may place your child up for adoption. While we highly encourage women to live a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, there are lots of adoptive families who are excited to work with you toward a successful adoption no matter your usage history. We also encourage you to be as open and honest as you can when working with us so that we can help find the right adoptive family for you.

Birth Father Involvement

Whether the father of your baby is supportive or unsupportive of your adoption, or is uninvolved or unknown, you may still pursue an adoption plan. Every state has its own laws on the birth father. Our Adoption Specialists can talk to you more about your own situation with the birth father, and together we will be able to determine what is the best course of action.

Previous Children

Did you know that around half of the women who place a baby up for adoption have other children as well? If this describes your situation, please know that in no way does pursuing adoption legally affect your other children. Your Adoption Specialist can provide insight on how to talk to your children about your adoption, and how they can be a part of your adoption plan.


There are no age restrictions to choose adoption for your baby. Regardless of your age, we can work with you and keep your adoption completely confidential.

Medical Background

Some women worry that cancer, diabetes, mental illness or other medical conditions in their medical background or their family’s medical background disqualifies them from adoption. We have hundreds of waiting families open to working with women of all different medical backgrounds.

As you can see, for every situation, there is always an adoptive family who is a perfect match. Contact us today at 1-800-ADOPTION or click the following to receive free adoption information.

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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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