Can You Give Your Baby Up for Adoption if You are 17? [Yes. Here's How]
How You Can Give Your Baby the Best Possible Life
Becoming unexpectedly pregnant at 17 can send you into a tailspin trying to figure out what to do. We're here to explain all your options. If you're considering adoption, call 1-800-ADOPTION now to get basic information.
- If you are pregnant at 17 years old, it’s probably the last situation that you imagined yourself in as a young woman.
- You may be panicked and scared about your unplanned teenage pregnancy, and you may not be sure of the first step to take when you are pregnant at 17.
- You may be adamant that abortion is not right for you, but becoming a parent at your age certainly doesn’t line up with your educational and career goals.
If this is the case, you may have one question echoing in your head:
Can you give your baby up for adoption if you are 17?
Yes. Adoption is always an option for you if you are pregnant at 17 years old. It can provide a beautiful new start to your life — and your baby’s, too.
You can start your adoption journey or simply get more free information by calling 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with one of our adoption specialists today. You can also get free information online. Prospective adoptive families can get free information on how to adopt by calling or visiting us online.
Let’s take a look at your options for your pregnancy at 17 years old.
I’m 17 and Pregnant — What Should I Do?
It’s normal to panic when you find out that you are unexpectedly pregnant at 17 years old. However, it’s important to take a deep breath and think hard about your options moving forward.
The first thing you should do is find a trusted adult figure to confide in. While you may want to keep this pregnancy a secret, you should have someone who can support you through the challenges ahead.
The financial, emotional and practical support that an adult can provide can be invaluable, whether you need assistance attending prenatal appointments or transportation to your abortion procedure.
If you cannot tell your parents about your unplanned pregnancy, consider reaching out to someone you do trust, like an aunt or uncle or a friend’s parent.
Keep in mind: To terminate your pregnancy in some states, you will need parental permission to obtain the procedure, depending on your age.
The next thing you should do if you are 17 and pregnant and wondering, “What should I do?” is to contact one of our specialists.
We can help you understand all of your unplanned pregnancy options and help you determine which path may be best for you. You can receive free information and guidance from American Adoptions at any time when you call 1-800-ADOPTION.
Ultimately, you are the only one who can decide which path is right for you, even if you are currently a minor. You are the one who will carry this pregnancy, so you must do what you feel is best for your situation — not simply what adults may pressure you to do.
Can You Give Your Baby Up for Adoption if You are 17?
If you are pregnant at 17, giving your baby up for adoption may seem the best option for you.
You know you’re not ready to become a parent, but you also know that choosing adoption instead of abortion will give your child a chance at life and other people a chance to become the parents they’ve always wanted to be. Adoption is always an option, regardless of your age.
While you may need your parents’ consent to obtain an abortion at your age (depending upon your state laws), most states in the U.S. allow a young mother like you to place her child for adoption without consent from anyone besides herself and the birth father. While your parents will be your child’s grandparents, you are the one who can ultimately make the best decision for your son or daughter.
You will also be the only one in charge of your adoption process, meaning you will get to choose:
- Exactly what your adoption journey looks like
- The family you wish to adopt your child
- The relationship you wish to have with them before and after your adoption
- The open adoption relationship you want to have with your son or daughter
- What you want your hospital stay to look like
- When and where you sign your adoption paperwork
- And more
If you contact our adoption agency when you are pregnant at 17, you will receive the same support and services that any prospective birth mother over the age of 18 does.
Your adoption specialist will be there for you every step of the way to ensure you are comfortable with the choices you are making. They will also help you navigate any complexities with the birth father situation.
Most importantly, you will always retain the right to change your mind about your adoption decision at any time.
Deciding Which Path is Right if You are Pregnant at 17 Years Old
If you are pregnant at 17, deciding what to do about your unexpected situation can seem like an impossible choice to make. How do you choose a path that will affect the rest of your life when you’re not even considered a legal adult?
You are always in charge of this decision, regardless of your age or situation.
When you choose adoption, you control every aspect of your journey. Choosing the adoptive family, outlining the hospital plan and so much more are decisions that you get to make. We are here to help guide you and make sure your adoption experience is as safe and smooth as possible.
We know how rewarding adoption can be. Many of us are adoptees, adoptive parents or birth parents. We’ve experienced the life-changing decision of adoption first-hand.
Now it’s time for us to make sure you get the same rewarding experience filled with love and hope for a better future.
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.
Do you want to learn more about placing a baby for adoption at 17 years old? Please call us at 1-800-ADOPTION.
We can answer all of your questions about this process and explain all of your unplanned pregnancy options to help you decide which path is right for you.
You can also talk to Michelle, a birth parent specialist and a birth parent herself, who is ready to answer any questions you have about putting a baby up for adoption at 17.
“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.
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