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Can You Place a Child for Adoption at 3 Months?

What You Need to Know About the Adoption Process

It’s never easy to choose adoption for your baby. But if you’re wondering, “Can you give your kids up for adoption at 3 months old?” you likely have many concerns about the process, and you may feel like it is too late for you to choose adoption.

The most important thing to remember is that it’s never too late to choose adoption. American Adoptions has plenty of experience helping women at every stage of their pregnancy and even after their babies have been born. So, even at 3 months old, you shouldn’t feel deterred from choosing adoption.

Below, you can learn more about the process of placing a child for adoption. If you have any questions about the process, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to receive free information.

Why Adoption isn’t “Giving Up”

Common phrases like “giving a baby up for adoption” may make it seem like adoption is a decision that you’ve come to overnight. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Over the past 12 or more weeks, you’ve likely spent countless hours turning this option over in your head.

As you’ve tried your best to acclimate to the new roles of motherhood, it can feel like choosing adoption is throwing in the towel, as if you haven’t given it your best effort. And thinking about how your baby is already becoming attached can lead to serious feelings of guilt and shame.

But if you’re wondering, “Can you give your kids up for adoption at 3 months old?” you should always remember that choosing adoption doesn’t mean that you’re “giving up” on them or on being in their lives. Women choose adoption at every stage of their pregnancy, and even after giving birth, in order to provide the best life for their child.

So, even at 3 months old, adoption will always be a brave, selfless and loving choice for you and your child.

Challenges when Placing a 3-Month-Old Baby for Adoption

Not every woman who places her child for adoption does so at the hospital. Instead, many of them ask, “Can you put a child up for adoption after a few months?”

The answer to this question is always yes. American Adoptions has worked with many women who wish to place a 3-month-old for adoption, and we can do the same for you. But before deciding to follow through with this process, it’s important to realistically consider the challenges of “giving up” a 3-month-old baby for adoption:

  • At 3 months old your baby is still developing their sense of attachment, and they are starting to differentiate you from other caregivers.

  • If the birth father is involved in your child’s life, you’ll need to become familiar with his rights in an adoption.

  • Your friends and family might not be supportive if you choose adoption.

This list isn’t intended to make you feel guilty about considering adoption. Rather, you should be aware of your possible obstacles ahead of time. Know that if you choose to work with American Adoptions, your adoption specialist will always be there to help you through these and any other challenges you face along the way.

How to Put My 3-Month Old Up for Adoption

You might be unsure of where to start once you start asking, “Can you put a child up for adoption after a few months?” Here is what the process normally looks like if you decide to work with American Adoptions:

  • Step 1: You’ll want to call 1-800-ADOPTION first. You’ll then be connected with a trained adoption counselor who can listen to your situation. Once you have called, you’ll be asked to fill out a form with your social and medical history. You’ll also be asked to fill out additional forms for your child.

  • Step 2: Based on your adoptive family preferences, your adoption specialist will send you different profiles to choose from. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a family looking to adopt a 3-month-old, and your adoption specialist can help you find the perfect couple for you.

  • Step 3: After you’ve found the right family for your baby, you’ll start getting to know them. Your adoption specialist will help mediate the first call, but after that, contact is up to you. You can get to know one another through phone calls, emails, and even visits if you live close enough to one another.

  • Step 4: Once you’ve gotten to know the adoptive family, you can discuss post-adoption contact. Most prospective birth mothers choose to have some amount of contact after the adoption. If you have any questions about an open adoption, you can always ask your specialist for more information.

  • Step 5: Once you understand the legal consequences of an adoption, you can sign away your parental rights. Your adoption specialist and adoption attorney will help explain this process in more detail.

Remember, adoption is always an option for you. And just like every prospective birth mother that we work with, you’ll be receiving the same amount of patience and understanding while you’re making this decision.

Some examples of the services you’ll receive include:

So, if you’re asking yourself, “Can you put a child up for adoption after a few months?” the answer is always yes. If you’d like to speak with an adoption specialist, call 1-800-ADOPTION now with no obligation to choose adoption.

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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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