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Can I Put My Child up for Adoption?

What to Know about Placing Your Child for Adoption

Becoming a parent is a major commitment. You may realize that you aren’t ready to raise a baby until after you give birth. If this describes your situation, then don’t worry. You are not alone.

Adoption with our agency is always an option, and it will always be free for you.

Although it might seem overwhelming at first glance, adoption can be a beautiful way to create a better future for yourself and your child.

To get more free information now, fill out our online contact form whenever you’re ready to get in touch with us. We are here for you at any time.

Can I Put My Child Up for Adoption?

Yes, you can put your child up for adoption. Your adoption professional will work with you to create an adoption plan, find the right adoptive family, receive financial assistance and much more. We will be there for you throughout your entire adoption journey.

How Can I Put My Child Up for Adoption?

The adoption process varies depending on how old your child is. Based on your situation and needs, your adoption agency will gather all the necessary information to help you create a personalized adoption plan that suits your preferences.  For the most part, that process encompasses five general steps.

Here is what that process includes:

  • Step 1: Receive financial assistance and support from American Adoptions.
  • Step 2: Choose the perfect adoptive family for your child.
  • Step 3: Choose the type of post-placement relationship you want.
  • Step 4: Discuss the forms of post-placement contact you’ll use.
  • Step 5: Complete the placement.

Here at our agency, we’ll explain each step of the process to make everything as smooth and straightforward as possible. We’ll also help you determine which type of adoption relationship (open, semi-open or closed) that you want with your child and the adoptive family.

For most of our birth mothers, choosing an open adoption has many benefits. Open adoption allows you to build a relationship with your child and stay in touch for years to come.

If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of open adoption, then contact us online at any time.

What Age Is It Too Late for Adoption?

There is no deadline to place a child for adoption. But, the adoption process can get harder as your child grows older. If you’re looking to pursue adoption through an agency, then most can only handle placements of children under 4.

If you’re looking to place your child for adoption, then here is how you can be proactive about it:

Where Can I Put My Child Up for Adoption?

If your child is 4 or younger, then the best way to pursue adoption is through a national adoption agency, such as American Adoptions. With our national reach, we have all the necessary resources to handle every part of your process from start to finish.

Because we work with adoptive families all across the country, you have the best chance of finding the perfect family for your child. This larger scope also ensures that you have all the resources and support you need for each step of your adoption journey.

Can I Put My Child in Foster Care?

No, you cannot choose to put your child in the foster care system. Rather, you can choose to place them with a private adoption agency if they’re under 4 years old. Our team will help you get the most out of your adoption experience. Through adoption, you’re in complete control of the future your child has.

Start the Adoption Process Today

To begin your adoption journey, contact us online today and get more free information now. You’ll be connected to one of our trusted birth parent specialists. We’ll also help you receive financial support and find the right family for your child.

Adoption isn’t an easy choice to make. But, as the saying goes, the best things in life are never easy. Choosing adoption can be a way for you to give your child a life of endless love and opportunity. 

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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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