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Last-Minute and Same-Day Adoptions

There’s no time to waste — you’re wondering how to put a child up for adoption today.

No matter what ultimately convinced you that adoption is the best choice for your baby, same-day adoption, also called last-minute adoption, is possible. Life probably feels crazy right now, and there’s no doubt you feel overwhelmed. The good news is that American Adoptions can help you, and there are hopeful parents who would jump at the opportunity to adopt your baby. Get the services you need now by calling 1-800-ADOPTION. 

Here’s what you need to know about how to put a child up for adoption today.

I Just Gave Birth. Who Do I Contact About Adoption?

Call 1-800-ADOPTION today to speak with an adoption specialist about a last-minute adoption. Our adoption specialists will help you understand all the facts about deciding to give your baby up for adoption at the last minute. We speak with many women each year who are considering same-day adoptions, so you’re not alone.

When you speak with an adoption specialist, they will help you decide if your last-minute adoption is the best choice for you and your baby. In this hectic moment, it’s important to be completely sure that adoption is right for you. These feelings of not wanting to be a parent are common, and could be associated with the heightened emotional state that comes with giving birth, or with postpartum depression. Deciphering whether or not these feelings are long-lasting is important, as adoption is a life-changing decision.

If you’ve reached the conclusion that a last-minute adoption is the right thing to do, we’re here to help. We want to support you in whatever decision you make. This is your life, and you have the right to do what is best for you. Choosing adoption is brave and selfless.

Adoption Agencies That Accept Infants After Birth

You may be wondering if it is too late for adoption now that you have given birth. American Adoptions is a full-service, fully-licensed national adoption agency, and we are well-equipped to help with last-minute hospital adoptions, whether you are nearing your due date, have already given birth or have returned home with your baby. Our adoption specialists are ready to work with you to find a fast placement for your baby with just the right family. Deciding to put your baby up for adoption at the last minute is not something you have to go through alone.

What to Expect in a Same-Day Adoption

As with any adoption plan, you are in charge of this process. As the mother, you deserve immense respect for this difficult decision. American Adoptions will always protect your best interests and help you make the best choices in your adoption plan.

The adoption process for same-day adoptions will look different from other adoptions. It will, obviously, be completed more quickly than other infant adoptions. However, there are still some similarities in the process that you should expect as the prospective birth mother.

Just like any other adoption, you will work with an adoption specialist at American Adoptions to create an adoption plan. This involves things like choosing the level of openness you are comfortable with, identifying what type of family you want to adopt your baby and choosing an adoptive family from the profiles presented by your adoption specialist.

Because American Adoptions is a national adoption agency, we work with families across the country who are eager to fulfill their dream of becoming parents through adoption. Our adoption specialists will work hard to find the right family for you. Even though your same-day adoption will require a quicker decision, you will still be presented with several adoptive family profiles to choose from.

When you choose a family, they will be notified and travel to you as quickly as possible. Depending on what you decide in your adoption plan, you may meet the family in-person, or you may not. Once they arrive, it will be time to place your baby with the adoptive parents.

The last-minute adoption process is likely to feel like a whirlwind, and it may bring up a lot of emotions that can be difficult to handle. American Adoptions provides 24/7 counseling and support, so there will always be a professional you can talk to. There is also a chance that your adoption financial assistance can cover additional counseling with a local professional as you move forward after your adoption.

Regardless of your circumstances, our team can help with your last-minute hospital adoption.

How to Put a Child Up for Adoption Today

If you’re reading this and you know that adoption is the right choice for your baby, call 1-800-ADOPTION. Our adoption specialists are ready to help you with your last-minute adoption and make sure you are empowered to do what is best for you and your baby. 

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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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