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Can You Place a Sick or Disabled Child for Adoption?

If you are considering adoption, you want your child to have the love and care he or she needs and deserves. But if your child has significant medical, developmental or other special needs, you may feel that you cannot provide for him or her. You might be wondering: Can I put a sick baby up for adoption? What if my child has special needs?

While most of American Adoptions’ placements are of healthy newborns and infants, we have also helped many new and expectant mothers make an adoption plan for their sick or special needs children. If this describes your situation, read on to learn more about the process of placing a special needs baby for adoption.   

Can I place a special needs baby for adoption with American Adoptions?

During the adoption planning process, we ask all of our waiting families to indicate the types of adoption opportunities they are interested in, including the types of needs they feel they can meet. Many of our hopeful parents are open to adopting children with a variety of special needs.

Regardless of your circumstances or your child’s specific needs, you can contact American Adoptions at any time to speak with an adoption specialist, for free and with no obligation. We will gather some background information about you, your baby and your circumstances and provide any services we can to help you, free of charge.

However, in some cases where the child has very significant needs, American Adoptions may not be the best resource to make an adoption plan for him or her. If we feel that we are not the best professional to assist you, we will provide referrals to help you find the specialized professionals who are. 

Even if an adoption specialist determines that we are not the best professional to meet your needs, we believe that there is a home for every child. There are many professionals specializing in the placement of children with special needs, including: 

How can I put a disabled child up for adoption?

With American Adoptions, the process of putting a disabled baby up for adoption is not much different than for a woman placing any other baby. You will still have the same rights, choices and access to services as any other expectant mother who works with our agency, including:

  • Control of the Adoption Process – You can determine the type of adoption experience you want for yourself and your baby

  • Professional Counseling – You will have access to 24/7 counseling and support services, so you can receive the information and emotional support you need during and after the adoption process

  • Free Adoption Services – All of your legal and counseling costs will be covered for you, and you may also receive assistance with medical and living expenses during your pregnancy

  • Post-Adoption Contact – You may choose to maintain a relationship with your child and the adoptive family with an open or semi-open adoption

  • Your Own Adoption Specialist – As a prospective birth mother, you will work with your own licensed adoption specialist to guide you through each step of the process of placing a sick child for adoption

Choosing adoption for your child is rarely easy. But with the right adoption professional, you can get the support and services you need to ensure your baby is placed with a loving family who is equipped to meet his or her needs.

To learn how American Adoptions can help you place a sick or special needs child for adoption, or to discuss your other options and resources, you can reach a licensed adoption specialist any time at 1-800-ADOPTION. Your call is free and does not commit you to the adoption 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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