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Can You Place a 1-Month-Old Up for Adoption?

Why it’s Never Too Late to Choose Adoption

If you’re wondering if you can place your baby for adoption — even if you have already begun parenting — you may be worried that it is too late. But the truth is, it’s never too late to choose adoption. 

After coming home from the hospital, you may have realized that parenting isn’t the right fit for you. And after weeks of deliberation, you may end up asking yourself, “Can you put your baby up for adoption at 1 month old?” 

The answer to this question is always yes. 

Women start thinking about adoption every day because they realize that it’s the best choice for themselves and their baby. You, just like every woman, deserve respect and compassion while you make this difficult choice.

So, not only can a woman choose adoption before her pregnancy, she can start thinking about placing a baby for adoption at 2 weeks, a few months, and even a few years afterwards. Wherever you are in your pregnancy or parenting timeline, you’ll have the same experience as any mother choosing adoption. Our agency has plenty of experience helping women make this brave and selfless choice for their baby’s future, and we would be happy to help you. 

Am I “Giving Up” On My Child? 

There is one important thing you should know if you are wondering, “Can you give your baby up for adoption after they’re 1 month old?”

“Giving up” makes it seem easy, as if you’re tossing your child aside, but adoption isn’t a decision that you can make overnight. It’s a difficult choice made with love in mind for both yourself and your baby, one that takes tremendous courage.

You want your child to have the best life imaginable, even if you don’t feel that you’re the right person to provide it. So, you’re not “giving up” on your child or “giving them away”, you’re giving them the best gift — the chance to have a better future.

How to Make an Adoption Plan for Your 1-Month-Old

Last-minute adoptions, otherwise known as “pop-ups”, are common. If you’re thinking about placing a child for adoption after one month, here’s what the process looks like: 

  • Step 1: The first step of any adoption plan is to call 1-800-ADOPTION. You’ll be connected with an adoption specialist that will listen to your situation. Then, you’ll fill out social and medical history forms for yourself and your child, as well as forms describing what you envision in an adoptive family. 

  • Step 2: Next, your adoption specialist will send you different adoptive family profiles that match your preferences. If you’re feeling anxious that you won’t be able to find a family because you’re wondering, “Can I still give my baby up for adoption at 2 weeks old?” Or even, “Can you put your baby up for adoption at 1 month?” — don’t worry. There are plenty of couples hoping to grow their family. Your adoption specialist will help find the right one for you.

  • Step 3: After you’ve found the right family, they’ll be notified about an adoption opportunity. No matter if you’re placing a baby for adoption at 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 1 month, you’ll have the same opportunity to get to know the family like every other birth mother.

  • Step 4: After getting to know the adoptive family, you’ll be able to discuss your preferences for post-adoption contact

  • Step 5: With your adoption specialist and adoption attorney, you’ll then consent to the adoption. Both your specialist and attorney will be able to clarify any legal questions you have about your rights in the adoption. 

Whether you’re “giving a baby up” for adoption after it’s a week old or “giving up” a 1-month-old baby up for adoption, remember that you are not “giving up” — and we can help make the process as smooth as possible. Even with a last-minute adoption, you’ll still be able to receive many of the same services that a woman with an early pregnancy would have. 

These services include free legal representation, picking the adoptive family, choosing your level of post-placement contact and more. 

The best way to understand what placing your 1-month-old for adoption entails is by calling 1-800-ADOPTION and speaking to one of our specialists. They’ll be able to tell you more about the process in detail and explain all of your options to you. 

If you do decide to call to receive free information about your options, remember that adoption is never an obligation. You’ll just have a better understanding of the process so you can better determine if it’s the right choice for you.

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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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