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How to Place a 4-Month-Old Up for Adoption [Create a Better Future]

What to Know About the Adoption Process for 4-Month-Olds

Putting a 4-month-old up for adoption is an option for you. You can create a better future for your child, yourself and a hopeful adoptive family when you choose adoption. Call 1-800-ADOPTION now for more information or to get started.

  • You will get the same professional guidance and support from our agency when placing your 4-month-old for adoption as any other woman choosing adoption for her baby. 

  • Our size and scope give us a national reach to find your child the perfect adoptive family. 

  • Adoption can be a life-long, shared bond as you witness the growth and development of your child. 

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. 

Can I Choose Adoption for My 4-Month-Old? 

If you’re asking, “Can I place my 4-month-old up for adoption?” the answer is always yes. Whether you’re at the hospital, home with a 2-week-old or months into parenting your child and have realized being a mother just isn’t an option, adoption is a decision that gives hope for a better future. 

“Pop-ups” are what we use to refer to adoption after the prospective birth mother has already left the hospital. This type of adoption is very common, so you shouldn’t be deterred from choosing adoption.  

Continue reading to find out how our agency can help you begin your adoption journey by creating an adoption plan specifically geared to your needs and start viewing profiles of available hopeful adoptive families waiting for the opportunity to grow a family and give your baby a loving and nurturing home. 

What Does the Adoption Process Look Like for a 4-Month-Old? 

Placing a baby for adoption at 4 months doesn’t look all that different from any other infant adoption. If you’ve gone through all the steps to make sure that adoption is right for you and you’re ready to make an adoption plan, here is what the process looks like: 

  • Step 1: You’ll start by calling 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with one of our adoption specialists. From there, they’ll ask you to fill out your medical and social history forms. As your child is 4 months old, you’ll also need to fill out social and medical history forms for them. You’ll then be assigned an adoption specialist who will help you throughout the rest of your adoption journey. 

  • Step2: Once you’ve given your adoption specialist a list of preferences you’d like to see in an adoptive family, they’ll send you a number of adoptive family profiles to look through. 

  • Step 3: Once you’ve settled on an adoptive family, you’ll start getting to know them. Your adoption specialist will be the one to mediate the first call. After that, you can get to know each other through phone calls, emails, and even visits if you live nearby. 

  • Step 4: Once you’ve gotten to know the adoptive family, you’ll be able to discuss your preference for post-adoption contact. If you would like to have plenty of contact with your child after the adoption, you’ll just want to find a family that has those same goals in mind

  • Step 5: After your adoption specialist and adoption attorney have explained your rights in an adoption thoroughly, you’ll complete the adoption paperwork.  Once you have signed these documents, you won’t be able to change your mind later on, so it’s important to understand your state laws beforehand. 

What Does Choosing Adoption at 4 Months Old Cost?

Many women worry that placing a child for adoption will be an additional expense they’re not ready for. However, placing a child for adoption, even at 4 months old, won’t cost you any money. In addition, you’ll also be entitled to: 

You’re Never “Giving Up” Your Child 

After taking your child home from the hospital, you may have felt confident in your decision to parent. But over the past 16 weeks or more, you’ve been questioning if parenting is the right choice for you. 

  • Maybe you’re trying to parent alone without the support of the birth father.

  • Or, maybe you haven’t received as much financial assistance as you thought you would, putting more strain on yourself as you try to meet your baby’s needs.

  • These are all valid reasons to start thinking about adoption. 

Choosing adoption at 4 months old doesn’t mean that you’re “giving up” on your child or on being a part of your child’s life. Women choose adoption out of pure love for their child. It means that you’re ready to give them the best gift of all — a better life. 

Are You Ready to Start Your Adoption Journey? 

Many of our adoption professionals have adopted a child, placed a baby for adoption or are an adoptee. Because of this first-hand experience, we can offer a unique perspective and support system for your adoption. 

Take it from Scott Mars, founder of American Adoptions, and an adoptee himself:     

“My mom and dad were a couple who weren’t able to become a mom and dad without adoption. Of all people in this world, my mom and dad deserve to be parents. And without adoption, they would not have been able to share their love, share their life, and give someone the life that I had.      

“Because of adoption, my life was filled with love and opportunity.”  You can watch Scott’s video to see his entire adoption story. 

If you want to learn more about placing a 4-month-old for adoption, you can contact Michelle, a birth parent specialist and a birth parent herself, to get answers to any questions you have about adoption for a 4-month-old.        

“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. 

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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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