Putting a Child Up for Adoption Without U.S. Citizenship: Is It Possible?
Prospective birth mothers come from all kinds of backgrounds when they are considering adoption for their unborn children. Here at American Adoptions, we are committed to helping every woman thinking about adoption — including those who are considering putting a child up for adoption without U.S. citizenship.
If you are an undocumented expectant mother, know that you have just as much right to place your child for adoption in the United States as any other mother. As long as your child is born within the United States, they can be placed with a loving, supportive adoptive family, regardless of your own citizenship status.
So, yes, you can give a child up for adoption even if you are an immigrant — and the trained specialists at American Adoptions are here to help you every step of the way. To learn more about the process or to get started today, please call us at 1-800-ADOPTION.
Your Citizenship Status Does Not Matter
About 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently live in the United States. Just like any U.S. citizen, an undocumented woman can find herself facing an unplanned pregnancy at any time in her life. While she has the same options as any other woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, her unauthorized status can make things a bit more complicated.
However, know that a lack of U.S. citizenship will never impact your ability to place a child for adoption with our agency. Putting a child up for adoption without U.S. citizenship is a safe and secure process. Every aspect of your adoption and your adoption paperwork is always confidential; your information will never be released to immigration or government authorities without your consent. There will be no public record of your adoption process.
Whether you are undocumented or have a visa to live in the United States, your child born in the United States can be placed for adoption with an American family. Your citizenship status will not affect the number of families willing to adopt your child, and you will have just as much right to a post-adoption contact relationship with them and your child as any documented immigrant or American citizen.
While your adoption specialist will ask for your citizenship status as part of your social and medical history, that information will never be released outside of our agency — and it will never disqualify you from the adoption process.
Why Adoption May Be Right for You
Placing your child for adoption is not “giving away” your baby. Instead, it’s choosing to give your child a life with loving adoptive parents who are fully prepared to support him or her — something you may not be able to provide yourself. They will grow up with a positive appreciation for you as their birth mother, and their parents will celebrate their adoption history in a positive and welcoming way.
But adoption can also offer benefits to you as a prospective birth mother, as well. In addition to open adoption communication, free counseling and support services, and case management throughout your adoption, there are few advantages specific to putting a child up for adoption without U.S. citizenship.
At American Adoptions, we can always provide a translator to assist you through your adoption process, if necessary. American adopciones ofrece servicios de traducción si los necesitas. Llame 1-800-ADOPTION ahora para hablar con un especialista en adopción en inglés o solicitar un traductor de español a inglés.
In addition to free translation services, our adoption agency also offers financial assistance for your pregnancy- and adoption-related expenses. If you are an undocumented immigrant, you cannot apply for federal Medicaid assistance before your delivery — but that doesn’t mean that prenatal care and other medical care will cost you money if you choose adoption. When you work with American Adoptions, we will cover the cost of your medical services; you will never have to pay out-of-pocket. If you are concerned about the costs of your unplanned pregnancy, adoption may be a good option for you and your unborn baby. Again, all of your medical paperwork regarding your hospital stay will be confidential and sealed, protecting your identity as an undocumented immigrant.
When your child is born within the United States, they will be an automatic U.S. citizen with a birth certificate and a social security number. If you choose to place them for adoption with American citizens, you may provide your child with a security that you could not currently offer yourself. As an undocumented immigrant, you may be subject to deportation if you do not legalize your immigration. If you place your child for adoption, they will always have a safe home and parents to take care of them — which would not be the case if you were ever deported without your child.
Sometimes, women looking for people that want to adopt undocumented kids ask if adoption is an option with our agency. Unfortunately, like many American adoption agencies, our professionals can only complete adoptions of children born within the United States. If your baby has not yet been born, or was born in the United States, we can assist you with your adoption.
Begin Your Adoption Process Today
Yes, you can give a child up for adoption, even if you are an immigrant living in the United States without documentation — and it can be a safe and private process in the best interest of you both. To learn more about putting a child up for adoption without U.S. citizenship with American Adoptions, or to just receive free unplanned pregnancy counseling, please contact our adoption specialists today at 1-800-ADOPTION. We are honored to work with women in all kinds of unplanned pregnancy situations, and your citizenship status will have no bearing upon our ability and willingness to work with you, as well.
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