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Can I Put My Baby up for Adoption?

What to Know about Choosing Adoption for Your Baby

Putting a baby up for adoption is beyond brave and selfless. Adoption also lets you regain control of your life when it can feel like your whole world is off-balance. 

People from all different walks of life have chosen adoption. It can create a better future for yourself and your baby, so it may be the right choice for your circumstances.

If you’d like to learn more about this option, then contact us online to get more free information now. We’d love to help you start this beautiful journey whenever you’re ready.

Can I Put My Baby Up for Adoption?

Yes, you will always have the choice to put your baby up for adoption. An adoption agency will help you create an adoption plan, receive financial assistance and much more. They will be your biggest supporter throughout your adoption process.

How Can I Put My Baby Up for Adoption?

Although each step of the adoption process will vary based on your needs, your adoption agency will help you create a personalized adoption plan that outlines all your needs and preferences. You’ll call the shots while your adoption professional does the heavy lifting for you.

Once you’ve built your adoption plan, here’s what the process for putting your baby up for adoption looks like with our agency. In general, it consists of five steps:

  • Step 1: Receive free support, services and financial assistance from American Adoptions.
  • Step 2: Select the right family for your baby and the type of post-placement relationship you want.
  • Step 3: Get to know the adoptive family and prepare for placement.
  • Step 4: Complete the adoption placement.
  • Step 5: Receive post-adoption resources and support, such as free counseling.

Here at our agency, we will provide all the support you deserve. Our free, 24/7 counseling will help you navigate complex emotions like grief, doubt and loss. It’s normal to experience these feelings, and we are here for you whenever you need us. If you have any questions about receiving this 24/7 support, then fill out our online contact form to learn more.

How Long After a Baby Is Born Can You Give it Up for Adoption?

You can put your baby up for adoption any time after birth. Most adoption agencies, though, will only place children under 4 years old, and that includes our agency. So, if you’re looking for someone to adopt your baby after birth, you’ll be able to choose adoption.

Here are a few resources that can help you with your choice to put your baby up for adoption:

Does Putting a Baby Up for Adoption Cost?

No, putting your baby up for adoption is 100% free. As the prospective birth mother, you’ll receive our free services and support along with adoption financial assistance. The amount you’ll receive depends on where you live, but you’ll receive help with costs like:

  • Rent
  • Maternity clothing
  • Medical bills
  • Transportation to and from doctors’ appointments
  • Groceries
  • Legal fees
  • And more

Although you don’t “get paid” to choose adoption, it can be a way to avoid plenty of financial stressors throughout unplanned pregnancy. Because of adoption, you can build a better future for both yourself and your baby.

Where Can I Put My Baby Up for Adoption?

National adoption agencies are fully licensed and ready to help you through every step of your adoption journey. American Adoptions is a national agency, so we can complete every step of your adoption journey regardless of where you live.

Our trained birth parent specialists will guide you through your entire adoption process, providing crucial support at each step of your journey.

Lindsey, a birth mom who chose our agency, is beyond grateful for her birth parent specialist. She was thrilled to learn that her specialist was there for her before, during and after her adoption journey was over.

“She was there for me when I didn’t have anybody, and she always knew just what to say,” Lindsey said. “I did have a lot of concerns and fears, and she knew how to talk me through them. She’s someone that’s — even now, three months after I’ve had my baby — probably going to check in on me from time to time. She was just amazing, and I’m so glad that she’s in my life.”

If you’re ready to put your baby up for adoption, then you can get started on that process today. Fill out our online contact form to get more adoption information now.

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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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