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Can You Ask Social Services to Take Your Child?

How to Provide Your Child with the Support They Deserve

Not everyone is ready to become a parent, and that’s OK. Like any birth mother, you simply want what’s best for your child. Fortunately, adoption is still an option, and it could create the brightest future imaginable for them.

By choosing adoption, you can give your child the life they deserve. You’re making the selfless, brave decision to provide them with endless love and opportunity.

If you’d like to learn more about the adoption process, then contact us online today to get more free information now. We’d be happy to help in whatever way we can.

Can You Ask Social Services to Take Your Child?

The process for placing a child with social services depends on what state you live in. Your first step should be contacting your local Department of Social Services or Department of Families and Children to find out which options are available in your area.

Before moving forward with this decision, think about the kind of life your child will likely have in state custody. Unfortunately, many of these state programs lack the resources and proper funding a child needs to truly thrive. In other words, your child most likely won’t have the life you have imagined for them if you ask social services to take your child.

When you choose adoption, though, you’ll be in full control of the kind of life your child will have. For example, you will get to choose the right adoptive family, receive financial assistance and much more. Through adoption, you’ll watch your child grow up with a loving family of your choosing.

What Is Baby Safe Haven Law?

Safe Haven laws protect a parent from criminal liability when they place their baby at a location with a Safe Haven baby box. These locations can be found all across the U.S. and are typically found in churches, hospitals and fire stations.

Although it may seem like a good option at first, confidential adoption is still an option. By working with American Adoptions, you can still receive our free support and services while remaining completely anonymous.

To help you make your adoption decision, here are a few things you can do to learn more:

If you’d like to learn more about the adoption process, then you can fill out our online contact form at any time to get more adoption information now.

Can I Give My Child Up for Adoption?

Yes, you can give your child up for adoption. Although most adoption agencies, including American Adoptions, work primarily with children under 4, we’ll provide you with the best options for your needs and circumstances. Through adoption, you can give your child a life of love and opportunity.

What Does Placing a Child for Adoption Cost?

Placing your child for adoption won’t cost you a cent. It is 100% free for prospective birth mothers. Also, you may be eligible for adoption financial assistance to help cover living expenses like rent, utilities, legal fees and more. We’ll abide by your state’s laws and ensure you receive the maximum amount of financial assistance allowable.

Because we’re a national adoption agency, we have a deep understanding of adoption laws in every state we’re licensed in. Wherever you live, you can rest assured that your adoption journey with us will be fair, ethical and legal.

Keep in mind that the amount of financial assistance you receive will vary depending on where you live, as this support is court-mandated. Regardless of your situation, adoption will always be free for you.

Start the Adoption Process Today

If you want to ask social services to take your child but you’re also considering adoption, then you’ll want to contact our agency. You’ll be connected with one of our birth parent specialists, and they’ll guide you through the process step by step.

Birth mother Sara did what was best for herself and her baby by choosing adoption at American Adoptions.

“It’s very rough in the beginning, but it does get better,” Sara said. “I hope Teddy will always know how much I love him, and that this was the hardest decision I’ve ever made. But I made it in his best interest. I made it for him to have better opportunities, to have a future, to grow up and be something big.”

Whenever you’re ready to get started, we’re ready to help. Fill out our online contact form at any time to get more free 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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