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Can I Place My 2-Month-Old Up for Adoption?

How the Process Works with American Adoptions

There are many reasons why you might be considering adoption for your 2-month-old.

Maybe, after taking your child home from the hospital, you’ve had second thoughts about parenting. Or maybe you had less support than you originally anticipated, either from your family or from the birth father. All of this extra stress can cause you to ask, “Can I bring my baby to an adoption center at 2 months?”

There is a lot to think about while you’re wondering, “How do I put my 2-month-old up for adoption?” First of all, you should know that while never easy, adoption is always an option — even at 2 months old.

And, just like any woman who’s thinking about this life-changing decision, you deserve patience and compassion. Adoption isn’t a stress-free choice you can make overnight, and you’ve likely spent hundreds of hours considering this possibility.

If you’re considering adoption instead of parenting, it’s highly recommended that you speak with an adoption specialist. Not only will they be able to give you more information on placing a 2-month-old for adoption, but they’ll also be able to help you craft an adoption plan for your unique situation.

To receive free information about adoption, call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a trained counselor.

Is Adoption “Giving Up?”

At this point, you’ve already had several weeks to bond with your child. You’ve already introduced them to family and friends, and have tried your best to assimilate into your role as a new mother. With this in mind, it can certainly feel like adoption is “giving up” or that you’re taking the “easy way out.”

You may even begin to doubt if this is really what you want. Many women experience post-partum depression after giving birth, and these symptoms can cause you to start second-guessing whether parenting is really right for you.

But if you keep coming back to the idea of adoption, it might be time to start putting some serious thought into it. If you’re considering adoption, you’re not “giving up” on your child or “giving them away.”  You’re giving them the gift of a beautiful future.

Unique Challenges of Placing a 2-Month-Old Up for Adoption

There are some unique challenges when it comes to a 6- or 7-week-old baby and adoption. Some factors that you will need to consider include:

  • Your child is just beginning to develop secure attachment towards you. This can make separation harder for you during the adoption process.

  • If you and the birth father have settled into parenting, his rights will need to be taken into consideration.

  • You may face some opposition from your family and friends after having your child for two months.

We don’t want you feel intimidated by these challenges. Rather, we want you to prepare for what a 2-month-old adoption can entail.

How to Put My 2-Month-Old Baby Up for Adoption with American Adoptions

Placing a child up for adoption at 2 months is very similar to placing a child at 1 month or even at the hospital. The steps to making an adoption plan  for a 2-month-old will include:

  • Step 1: You’ll start by calling 1-800-ADOPTION. There, you’ll be connected with an adoption specialist that can help explain the process to you. After explaining your situation, you’ll be asked to fill out social and medical history forms for yourself and your 2-month-old.

  • Step 2: Based on your preferences in an adoptive family, your specialist will send you different profiles to look through. You may be anxious about finding a couple that will be willing to adopt your child.  But don’t worry; there will be plenty of families for you to choose from.

  • Step 3: After you’ve found the perfect family, the adoptive family’s specialist will notify them about their adoption opportunity.  You’ll spend this time getting to know them through emails, phone calls, and even visits if you live close enough to one another.

  • Step 4: While getting to know the adoptive family, you’ll be able to discuss your preferences for open-adoption and post-adoption contact. After raising a child for the past two months, choosing to have a full-disclosure adoption can help make the transition easier. Remember to talk to your adoption specialist if you believe this is the right option for you.

  • Step 5: With your adoption specialist and adoption attorney’s help, you’ll sign your consent to the adoption. The consent process differs depending on your state’s laws and regulations. Your adoption specialist and attorney will make sure that you understand your legal rights in an adoption completely before you sign.

When you are wondering, “How do I put my 2-month-old up for adoption?” the process will feel overwhelming. But even though it feels like a last-minute option, our agency will do everything we can to make the process as easy as possible for you.

Like every prospective birth mother, you’re entitled to free legal representation, the amount of post-adoption contact you would prefer, and more.

Remember, it’s never too late to choose adoption.  To receive free information, call 1-800-ADOPTION now. You’re not obligated to choose adoption, even after receiving information; you’ll just have a better understanding of the process.

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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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