Can I Place My Child for Adoption at 7 Months?
Why Adoption is Always a Choice
For some new mothers, the first seven months with their baby seem to fly by. But others may be questioning whether parenting is the right choice for them, and every day slows to a crawl. If this situation sounds familiar to you, don’t worry — many women have been in your shoes, and you won’t be the last woman to consider adoption for her baby, either.
Countless hours of contemplation can lead you to ask, “Can I still give my baby up for adoption at 7 months old?” or, “Is it too late to give my baby up for adoption after 7 months?” 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. 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, it’s highly recommended that you speak with an adoption professional first. To speak with one of our adoption specialists, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to receive free information today.
Am I Just a Bad Parent?
While parenting can be one of the most rewarding jobs 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 is known for being 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 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 choice 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, the process for placing a 7-month-old for adoption will be a little different than placing a newborn.
At 7 months old, your baby is going through some developmental leaps. They’re starting to learn more about their world, and they’re especially fussy when you’re not close by. At this age, thinking about adoption and being away from your baby can feel even harder.
You’ll also need to consider what rights the birth father will have in an adoption if he’s been involved in your child’s life. You might face some opposition from your family as well, and they might try to persuade you away from adoption.
Lastly, 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
These challenges aren’t meant to scare you or deter you from adoption, but to give you a clear understanding of what you should start thinking about as you’re asking, “Can I still give my baby up for adoption at 7 months?” Ultimately, only you can answer if adoption is the right choice for you. No one else should be able to make this decision.
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.
Step 1: Contact an adoption professional. First, call 1-800-ADOPTION or request more information to speak with one of our trained adoption counselors. 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, they’ll send you different adoptive family profiles to look at. There are plenty to look through, so don’t feel pressured if you can’t find one right away. 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 how much contact you’d like to have after the adoption. If you’d like to have plenty of contact with your child after the adoption, you’ll just need to find a family that has the same goals for an 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 an adoption before you sign the necessary paperwork.
There is plenty to know if you are wondering, “Is it too late to give my baby up for adoption after 7 months?” If you have any additional questions after reading this article, please call 1-800-ADOPTION today to receive free information.
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