Can I Give up My Parental Rights?
How Birth Parent Rights Work in Adoption
The thought of terminating your parental rights might seem scary at first. But, it’s a common part of the adoption process, and it’s something all birth parents go through.
Choosing adoption is a brave, selfless decision that puts your child first, and we’ll be there to guide you through each step of your adoption journey. That includes terminating your birth parent rights.
Whenever you’re ready to start the adoption process, contact us online to get more free information now. We’d love nothing more than to help you create the future you have always imagined for yourself and your baby.
Can I Give Up My Parental Rights?
Yes, you can give up parental rights when you choose adoption. This is known as a voluntary termination, in which the decision is completely up to you. Your adoption professional will explain how it works for you, as the laws depend on what state you live in.
Here at American Adoptions, we’ll help you make an adoption plan and coordinate your financial assistance. We will be there for you every step of the way to answer all your questions about terminating parental rights.
How Can I Give Up My Parental Rights?
Terminating parental rights in adoption occurs after your child has been placed with the family you have chosen for them. In other words, this step takes place toward the end of your adoption journey. Here is what giving up your rights as a parent looks like:
- Step 1: Get in touch with us to connect with a birth parent specialist.
- Step 2: Create your adoption plan with our help.
- Step 3: Choose the right family for your baby and the type of adoption relationship you’d like to have.
- Step 4: Work with your adoption attorney to understand the process of terminating your parental rights.
- Step 5: Complete the adoption placement and terminate your parental rights.
We’ll coordinate legal services for you, and the attorney we provide will explain the process of terminating your parental rights before you sign your consent. Once you understand what it means to give up parental rights, they’ll walk you through the process of giving your legal consent for adoption. Make sure you fully think this through, as it is a permanent decision.
Does the Father of My Unborn Baby Have Any Rights?
For the most part, the baby’s father will have limited rights and must establish paternity through the Department of Child Support Services. Each state has different laws, and your adoption professional will help you understand how these laws apply to your particular circumstances.
Can I Give up Parental Rights before the Baby Is Born?
Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii and Colorado are the only states where you can give up parental rights before giving birth. But, you must reaffirm your consent once the baby is born. We will help you understand what that process involves.
Keep in mind that your parental rights are never terminated without your consent. Adoption is a massive decision, so you should take all the time you need to make sure this is the best choice for yourself and your baby.
By working with our agency, the resources and support that we’ll provide will empower you to make the right decision for your needs and situation.
Birth mother Julia knew that adoption with our agency was the best decision not only for herself but also for her child.
“Honestly, just sit down and think about the best interest of your child,” she said. “You’re going to contemplate the decision a hundred times but, at the end of the day, you’re going to know what’s right for you and what’s right for your child. Don’t think that your life is over; you have a little bump in the road, but that’s not going to stop you.”
Start the Adoption Process Today
If you’re ready to begin your adoption journey, then reach out to us today. From there, you’ll be connected with a trustworthy birth parent specialist. They’ll walk you through the ins and outs of the process. They’ll also help you make an adoption plan that suits all your preferences.
We will be there for you every step of the way, ensuring that you understand everything that goes into giving up your rights as a parent.
Adoption isn’t easy. But, the best things in life never are.
It’s not too late to choose adoption for your baby. To get started on this beautiful journey today, contact us online to get more adoption information now. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!
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