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Can I Place My 8-Month-Old Up for Adoption [Why Adoption Will Always Be an Option]

Why Adoption Will Always Be an Option

The reasons why you might start thinking about adoption after you’ve left the hospital are all valid. No matter your reason for considering adoption for your 8-month-old, adoption is always an option. 

If you’re ready to start the adoption process with our agency or want more information on adoption, call us at 1-800-ADOPTION now, or visit our online contact forms for prospective birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents

 “Can I start giving up a baby for adoption at 8 months with American Adoptions?” The answer is always yes. It’s never too late to choose adoption for your baby.  

You could be in a situation where parenting isn’t financially feasible anymore; you lack the needed support system or are experiencing other complex circumstances. We know that adoption isn’t every woman’s first thought, as many people consider the idea of placing their child for adoption as “giving up” or “giving them away.” Many prospective birth mothers worry that their children will resent them as they grow up and end up labeling them as “bad parents.” 

Those thoughts couldn’t be further from the truth. Adoption for your 8-month-old can be a decision that provides hope for a better future for everyone involved.  

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. 

Let’s start by going over the steps for beginning your adoption journey with American Adoptions. 

How Can I Give Up My Baby for Adoption at 8 Months? 

By contacting one of our adoption professionals, you can start your adoption journey with a plan specific to your needs and what you want most for your baby. Whether your child is a week old, a month old or 8 months old, adoption is always an option for you.

When you place a child for adoption, you’re making the choice to give them life. Women make the courageous choice every day to choose adoption for their children out of pure love, and to give them their best shot at a better future. 

How the Adoption Process Works 

Although a little different, the process of placing an 8-month-old up for adoption will be similar to a newborn adoption, and we will provide you with 24/7 support, free legal representation and more. Here are the three main steps your adoption professional will guide you through.  

Step 1: Contact an adoption agency. The first thing you’ll do is call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with an adoption specialist. After listening to your situation and answering any questions you have, you’ll be asked to create an adoption plan and fill out social and medical history forms for yourself and your baby, as well as a form explaining the preferences you’d like to see in an adoptive family.

Like we mentioned earlier, you’ll also need to help your adoption specialist: 

  • Obtain a copy of your child’s birth certificate 

  • See who is listed as the father on your child’s birth certificate 

  • Obtain medical records for your child 

  • Obtain documentation of where the child has lived from birth to present 

  • Assess who has had custody or care of the child from birth to present 

  • Determine who has provided financial and emotional support for this child from birth to present 

  • Obtain proof of child support provided by any father 

Step 2: Choose an adoptive family. Your adoption specialist will send you adoptive family profiles so you can begin searching for the perfect adoptive parents for your baby. Once you’ve picked the right family and gotten to know them, you’ll start talking about the amount of contact you’d like to have after the adoption.

It’s highly recommended that both parties share as much information as possible. But, if you don’t feel comfortable with that idea and would like to have less contact, you’ll still be able to find a family that meets your goals for an adoption. 

Step 3: Help your baby transition and consent to the adoption. Once everything is settled and you feel ready, you’ll need to need to complete your adoption paperwork. Depending on your circumstances and the adoptive family you choose, you may spend some time with the adoptive family prior to placement to help your baby transition. Your adoption specialist and adoption attorney will make sure you understand everything before signing away your parental rights. 

Your adoption experience is important to us and helping you find the perfect adoptive family for your child while also creating a more hopeful future for you and the couple you choose is what we strive to achieve.  

Get More Information on Placing an 8-Month-Old for Adoption  

Remember, it’s never too late to choose adoption.  

If you have any additional questions, contact Michelle, a birth parent specialist and a birth parent herself, who is ready to answer any questions you have about placing an 8-month-old up for adoption.         

“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. 

Information available through these links is the sole property of the companies and organizations listed therein. American Adoptions provides this information as a courtesy and is in no way responsible for its content or accuracy.

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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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