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Can I Place My Child for Adoption at 7 Months? [Adoption is Always Possible]

How the Adoption Process Works

“Is it too late to give my 7-month-old up for adoption?”  If you’re considering placing your 7-month-old for adoption, you should know that it’s never too late to choose adoption. Call 1-800-ADOPTION now for more information or to get started. 

  • Whether your child is a week, a month or 7 months old, adoption is always an option for you. 

  • Your complex circumstances do not affect your ability to place a 7-month-old for adoption. 

  • Adoption is the chance to give your child a loving home, give yourself hope for a better future, and give a hopeful adoptive family the chance to grow. 

If you’re ready to start the adoption process with our agency or want more information on adoption, call us at 1-800-ADOPTION, or visit our online contact forms for prospective birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents

You can be confident about your adoption because we have helped birth mothers and adoptive families with their adoption journey for more than 30 years. Everyone has their own reason for choosing adoption, but, ultimately, the decision is made because each and every woman wants what’s best for her child.  

Even if your child has been home with you for weeks or months, your circumstances may not allow for parenting. And that’s OK! You aren’t the first, nor are you the last prospective birth mother to consider adoption.  

“Can I still give my baby up for adoption at 7 months old?”  

If you are wondering whether you can still make an adoption plan for your baby, the answer will always be yes. In fact, these “last-minute” adoptions are relatively common. 

Placing your 7-month-old for adoption is always an option.

Our goal is to help guide you through every step of the process. Our agency has plenty of experience with these types of adoptions, and we can help you, too. 

There’s plenty to consider before making an adoption plan. Before you get started, we have provided the following information to give you an idea as to how the adoption process works and how we can help you create an adoption plan and find the perfect family for your child. 

Adoption is Never “Giving Up” 

While parenting can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll have, it can also be extremely challenging. Your worries can make you ask, “Is it too late to give my baby up for adoption after 7 months?” You aren’t alone in questioning if you’re able to continue parenting for a variety of reasons. 

You might not have the support of the birth father anymore (or maybe you never did), and you’re unsure of who to rely on now. Parenting can be expensive as well, and you may be experiencing some financial strain as you try to provide for your baby. 

None of these situations make you a bad parent. In fact, thinking about adoption means that you only want the best for your child, making you a pretty wonderful parent. 

You shouldn’t consider adoption “giving up” or “giving away your child,” either. Birth parents make the hard decision to choose adoption for their children every day, not because they don’t love them, but because they love them so much they want to provide the best future imaginable. 

What to Know About Placing Your 7-Month-Old for Adoption 

While similar to most other adoptions, the process for placing a 7-month-old for adoption will be a little different than placing a newborn. 

At 7 months old, there will be some additional information that your adoption specialist will need before you can move forward with the process. This will typically include: 

  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate 

  • Who is listed as the father on your child’s birth certificate 

  • All medical records for your child 

  • Documentation of where the child has lived from birth to present 

  • Who has had custody or care of the child from birth to present 

  • Who has provided financial and emotional support for this child from birth to present 

  • Information on child support provided by any father 

You can contact one of our adoption professionals by calling 1-800-ADOPTION with questions about what information and documentation is needed to begin an adoption for a 7-month-old through our agency. You can also contact us online to get answers to all of your adoption questions. 

How Can I “Give a Child Up” for Adoption at 7 Months? 

Even though you’ll be placing a 7-month-old for adoption, you’ll start the adoption process just like every prospective birth mother that works with our agency. You’ll also get 24/7 support, free legal representation and many more important services with our agency. 

These are the steps for putting a 7-month-old up for adoption: 

Step 1: Contact an adoption professional. First, call 1-800-ADOPTION or request more information to speak with one of our adoption specialists. They’ll ask you to fill out social and medical history forms for yourself and your child, in addition to a form explaining your preferences in an adoptive family. You will also need to submit the additional information mentioned above (birth certificate, medical records, etc.) 

Step 2: Choose an adoptive family. Once your adoption specialist has received all of your forms, you’ll have access to adoptive family profiles to look at. Our national size and scope give us a larger reach to finding available adoptive couples from across the nation. Once you’ve found the right family for your baby, you’ll start getting to know them. The first call will be mediated with your adoption specialist, but after that, you can have as much contact with them as you’d like. You can get to know each other through phone calls, emails, and even visits in person to help your baby transition. 

Step 3: Make a plan for your continued relationship. Next, you’ll establish the amount of contact you’d like to have after the adoption. If you’d like to have plenty of contact with your child after the adoption, we’ll help you find a family that has the same goals for adoption as you do. 

Step 4: Legally place your baby for adoption. Lastly, you’ll need to consent to the adoption. Your adoption specialist and adoption attorney will help explain your legal rights in adoption before you sign the necessary paperwork

Because many of our adoption professionals are adoptees, have adopted or have placed a child for adoption, we have a unique and personal understanding of what you’re going through. We want to use our experiences to make sure your adoption journey is safe, smooth and filled with hope for a better future for everyone involved, especially your child. 

Get More Information on Placing a 7-Month-Old for Adoption  

Remember, it’s never too late to choose adoption.  

If you have any additional questions, contact Michelle, a birth parent specialist and a birth parent herself, who is ready to answer any questions you have about placing a 7-month-old up for adoption.         

“I am available to answer any questions that arise, particularly from birth moms, as I have been in your shoes and know how you are feeling,” Michelle said. “It was most helpful to me when I had someone to talk to who would just listen to me without making any judgments or conclusions about who I was as a person.”         

You can ask Michelle questions about the adoption process online. You can also call us at 1-800-ADOPTION, or get free information with our online contact form for prospective birth mothers considering adoption here. Adoptive families wanting more information on adopting a child can click here to get more information. 

Information available through these links is the sole property of the companies and organizations listed therein. American Adoptions provides this information as a courtesy and is in no way responsible for its content or accuracy.

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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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