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Can I Give My Baby up for Adoption after I Give Birth?

Adoption Is Still an Option

As a prospective birth mother, only you can know what is best for both yourself and your baby.

Still, you are never alone in your adoption journey, even after you’ve given birth. With our unwavering, full-service support, you can receive the best adoption services to complete every step of your process.

To learn more about the help you can get when putting your baby up for adoption after birth, contact us online to get more adoption information now. We’d love to help you whenever you’re ready to begin this exciting journey.

Can I Give My Baby up for Adoption after I Give Birth?

Yes, putting your baby up for adoption after birth is an option for you. In fact, it’s more common than you may think. Whether you’re days away from delivery or you have been parenting for several months, adoption is still an option for you.

Some people know early in their pregnancy that adoption is right for them. Others, though, don’t explore this option until late in their pregnancy or even after they give birth.

Giving a child up for adoption after birth is very common. Because there isn’t an age limit to give a baby up for adoption, don’t feel discouraged if you’ve decided that adoption is the best choice for you weeks or months after you’ve given birth.

Casey, a birth mother, placed her 2-year-old twins for adoption with our agency. After experiencing financial difficulties, she wanted a better future for her children. Although adoption is never easy, it’s a decision Casey felt was best for both her kids and herself.

“I don’t regret the adoption because I know it’s what was supposed to happen,” Casey said. “I was supposed to raise them for two years so they could be with their family now. If I didn’t, they would never have had the chance to be with their wonderful family and to have all the opportunities they have in their lives.”

Can You Give Up a Baby in the Hospital?

Yes, putting your baby up for adoption after birth in the hospital is fairly common for people considering adoption. Many women don’t consider adoption until right before or after delivery. If this applies to you, then contact our agency now to get started.

The process for adoption at the hospital is actually quite similar to choosing adoption earlier in your pregnancy. The main difference is that it will be much faster. Generally speaking, there are five steps in the hospital adoption process:

  • Step 1: Decide that adoption is right for you and your baby.
  • Step 2: Contact our agency.
  • Step 3: Choose your baby’s adoptive family.
  • Step 4: Give birth.
  • Step 5: Build a relationship with the family and your child after placement (if you wish).

When Is It Too Late to Put Your Baby Up for Adoption after Birth?

It is never too late to choose adoption and give away your baby after birth. Whether you have been parenting for a few weeks or just given birth, there is no real “deadline” when it comes to putting your baby up for adoption after birth.

To begin this process now, or if you have any questions about putting your baby up for adoption after birth, receive immediate help when you call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-ADOPTION.

Do You Get Money for Putting a Baby Up for Adoption?

No. It is illegal to receive compensation when you give your baby away at birth or later. Still, adoption is always free for prospective birth mothers because you will receive adoption financial assistance to cover all adoption- and pregnancy-related expenses.

Each state has its own laws about the amount of financial assistance you’re eligible for, but you can generally receive financial help for living expenses, including:

  • 24/7 adoption support
  • Medical expenses
  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Legal expenses
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • And more

When you’re putting your baby up for adoption after birth because you can’t financially provide for your child, you’re making this selfless decision out of nothing but love. To get more free information now about adoption financial assistance, contact us online today.

If I Give My Baby up for Adoption, Can I Get It Back?

In the best interest of the baby, once the revocation period is over, there is no way for you to reclaim your parental rights, as the adoption is permanent. That’s why it’s important you don’t give your baby away at birth until you are ready.

Still, you’ll have the chance to change your mind and discontinue the adoption process at any other point during your pregnancy. You’ll also have your birth parent specialist by your side to answer all your questions and make sure you understand all the paperwork.


If you’re ready to give away your baby after birth, then it’s not too late. Contact us online at any time to get more adoption information now. We’d love to help you in any way that we can.

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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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