Can I Place My Baby for Adoption at 9 Months Old?
Why Adoption is Always Available to You
There are many reasons for why you might start thinking about adoption for your 9-month-old baby.
You might be in a situation where the birth father is not as involved as you originally hoped, and you have little support from your family and friends. If you’re the primary breadwinner, it might be difficult to work and raise your baby at the same time. Or maybe you’ve just realized that parenting is not the right fit for you and would like to learn more about your other options.
Regardless of the situation, if you’re considering adoption for your 9-month-old, your first thought is likely, “Is adoption possible for me after so long?” and, “Will I still be able to place my child for adoption at 9 months old?”
For some women, they already know they want to pursue adoption before their baby is even born. But we know that adoption isn’t an overnight decision. Many women feel unsure about what to expect, so they might think about pursing adoption at a later date. This is completely normal in the world of adoption. So, no matter how long it’s been since your hospital stay, adoption will always be a choice for you.
Whatever the case may be, our agency has plenty of experience helping women in your situation. The first step to making an adoption plan is to call 1-800-ADOPTION. There, you’ll be connected with a trusted adoption specialist, who can help explain the process in more detail at no obligation to choose adoption. They’ll also be able to give you their unique insight into placing a 9-month-old for adoption.
Will My Child Hate Me for “Giving Them Away?”
This is one of the first questions that we hear from women who are considering placing their child for adoption. The uncertainty of what your child will think of you of afterwards can be a constant fear for prospective birth mothers.
But if there’s one thing you should know about adoption, it’s that you’re not “giving your child up for adoption” or “giving them away.” You’re giving them the best gift of all — life.
Prospective birth mothers make the brave and selfless choice for adoption every day out of pure love for their child. If you’re thinking about placing your 9-month-old up for adoption, they’ll know that you made this hard decision in order to put their needs first.
Do I Just Need to Become a Better Parent?
Parenting is challenging for a number of reasons, and none of it should reflect badly on you as a person. For one thing, it’s known to be quite expensive, and you might be pushed to your limits financially. This is especially true if you’re the primary breadwinner in your family. And if you have little to no help from the people in your life, things can get challenging very quickly.
With all that being said, nothing could make you a bad parent for thinking about adoption. It also doesn’t mean that you’re “throwing in the towel” or “giving up” on your child. You want to do what’s best for your child, even at the expense of your own happiness. If you’re in a difficult situation, adoption might be the best choice for yourself and for your baby.
How to Place a Child for Adoption at 9 Months Old
There are only a few differences when it comes to placing an older child for adoption as opposed to a newborn. Overall, the process is very similar. Here is a brief rundown of what you can expect to happen during the adoption process with American Adoptions:
Step 1: The first thing to do is call 1-800-ADOPTION. There, you’ll speak with one of our adoption specialists. After explaining your situation, you’ll be asked to fill out a social and medical history form for yourself and your child, as well as a form explaining your preferences in an adoptive family.
Step 2: Once your adoption specialist has everything they need, they’ll send you different adoptive families’ profiles to look through. After you’ve found the right couple for your baby, you’ll start getting to know them through phone calls, emails, and even visits to help your baby begin to transition.
Step 3: You’ll then discuss how much contact you’d like to have after placement. It’s strongly suggested that both parties choose to have an open adoption, but we understand if that’s not feasible. Your adoption specialist will be able to help you through this process.
Step 4: After everything is ready, you’ll need to consent to the adoption in order for it to be finalized. Up until this point, you’ll be able to change your mind about adoption. But once you’ve signed away your parental rights, and your revocation period has passed (if applicable), you won’t be able to change your mind. Your adoption specialist and adoption attorney will help explain this process in more detail.
And that’s it! The adoption process is pretty simple, even when you’re “giving up” a 9-month-old for adoption, but you likely have some questions still. To make your adoption plan today, call 1-800-ADOPTION today to get started.
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