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Can I Place My 6-Month-Old Up for Adoption?

Why It’s Never too Late to Choose Adoption

There are many reasons why you might start looking into adoption for your 6-month-old.

Parenting is challenging for a variety of reasons. If you’re a single mother, you may be at your wits’ end. Parenting can also be a financial strain on families, and you might not have as much help as you thought you would.  Both of these situations, and many more like them, can make parenting less feasible than you originally thought.

You likely already know that adoption is one of your options for an unplanned pregnancy. But after spending so many months away from the hospital, you may be wondering, “Is it too late to place a 6-month-old up for adoption?”

The answer to that question is no. Just like every prospective birth mother that we work with, you have the option to “give up” a baby for adoption at 6 months, and even months later, if you choose to.

Adoption isn’t a choice that you’ll be able to make overnight. That’s why we recommend speaking with a trained adoption professional before making any decisions. And even after receiving free information about the process, if you realize that adoption isn’t right for you, you’re under no obligation to choose it.

If you’re not sure if parenting is the right choice for you, or if you’d just like to learn more about all of your options, call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with an adoption specialist today.

Should I Give my Baby Up for Adoption at 6 Months?

In conversations with your family and friends, it may seem like adoption is “giving up” or taking the easy way out of parenting. But this isn’t true. Adoption isn’t for everyone. But for some women, it’s the right choice for them.

If you’re considering adoption for your 6-month-old, you should always remember that you’re not giving up on your child or “giving them away.” You’re giving them a wonderful gift — the chance to have a better future. Adoption is a choice made with love, and it might be the best option for yourself and — most importantly — your baby.

Will My 6-Month-Old Hate Me for Choosing Adoption?

At 6 months old, your baby is starting to show some definite signs of attachment toward you. They might start to cry once you leave the room and feel anxious if you’re not holding them. Seeing your baby’s attachment to you certainly doesn’t make the thought of adoption any easier.

It’s not uncommon for women to wonder if their child will resent them after being placed for adoption, no matter how young or old they are at the time of placement. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In today’s adoptions, every adopted child has the opportunity to get to know their birth mother after the adoption and re-connect with them throughout their life. 

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to watch them grow and thrive. If you’d like to have an open adoption, you’ll just want to make sure that you find an adoptive family that fits your needs and has the same goals for an adoption as you do; this is something your adoption specialist can help you with.

How Can I Give Up a Baby for Adoption at 6 Months?

Overall, the adoption process for a 6-month-old will be very similar to a newborn adoption.

You’ll have the same opportunities when placing a 6-month-old up for adoption as you would if you were placing a newborn, with just a few differences. Below are the typical steps for a 6‐month‐old adoption:

Step 1: Contact an adoption professional. You’ll start by calling 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a trained adoption specialist. She can help you explore all of your options, provide emotional support and help you determine whether you’re really ready to move forward with adoption.

Step 2: Create an adoption plan and provide important details. If you do decide you’d like to move forward with adoption, you will work with your adoption specialist to make an adoption plan. This plan will outline your preferences for the remainder of your adoption journey, including the type of family you’d like for your baby, the relationship you want to have after the adoption, and more.

During the initial adoption planning phase, your adoption specialist will also ask you to provide some background information about your child’s life up until now. This information will include:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • The name of the father listed on your child’s birth certificate
  • All medical records for your child
  • Documentation of where the child has lived from birth to present
  • Determine who has had custody or care of the child from birth to present
  • Assess who has provided financial and emotional support for the child
  • Determine if any father has provided child support

This list isn’t meant to scare you away from considering adoption, but it is important to keep in mind during the initial planning stages, since gathering this information can take some additional time and effort.

Step 3: Choose the perfect adoptive parents. After that, you’ll be able to start searching for the perfect adoptive parents for your baby. Families for a baby 6 months old are plenty, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the perfect couple for your baby.

Step 4: Help your baby transition to the placement. Once you’ve found the right family, you and your baby may have the opportunity to visit with them a few times to help your baby transition. You’ll also be able to decide the amount of contact you’d like to have after placement. Throughout the entire process, you’ll have 24/7 access to counseling, educational resources, and more.

There will be plenty to consider while you’re making your adoption plan. If you have any questions, always remember that you can contact your adoption specialist 24/7.

Last Steps in Placing Your 6-Month-Old for Adoption

Like every prospective birth mother that works with American Adoptions, you’ll also receive free legal representation. The adoption attorney that you’re connected with will be able to help answer your legal questions about an adoption, along with your adoption specialist.

In order for an adoption to proceed, you must legally consent to the adoption. Up until this point, you can change your mind at any time about “giving up” a baby for adoption at 6 months old. 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, and it’s very unlikely you’ll be able to revoke your consent to the adoption. So, it’s important to make sure you’re ready before signing away your parental rights.

If you’re having second thoughts at any point in the process, you should speak with your adoption specialist as soon as possible. No one will make you feel guilty or try to persuade you to change your mind, but it’s an important conversation to have ahead of time.

Adoption is a life-changing decision. Even after reading this article, you’ll likely have some lingering questions about the process. To receive more free information, call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with an adoption specialist or request more free information today.

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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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