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Placing My Baby for Adoption in Rhode Island

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, you may feel scared and alone, unsure of what your next step will be. If you are considering placing a baby for adoption in Rhode Island, it is because you want your child to have the best life imaginable. Whatever your reason may be, your choice is valid — you should never be ashamed if you are considering choosing adoption.

If you are wondering how to put an unborn baby up for adoption in Rhode Island, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with one of our trained adoption specialists for free information at no obligation to choose adoption.

How Do I Put My Unborn Baby Up for Adoption in Rhode Island?

If you are considering putting your baby up for adoption in Rhode Island, you probably have some questions about what exactly that process might look like for you. While every adoption journey is different, we’ve outlined the five basic steps of putting a newborn up for adoption in Rhode Island below.

For more information about the adoption process in Rhode Island, please contact an adoption attorney in Rhode Island or an American Adoptions specialist for more information.

Step 1: Can I “Give my Baby up for Adoption” in Rhode Island?

Your friends and family may use the term “giving a baby up for adoption,” which is a common misconception to have about the process. “Giving up baby for adoption” is a common phrase that you may come across as you research how to place a baby for adoption in Rhode Island. But we want to be clear that you are not “giving your baby up for adoption,” you are giving them life. The idea of “giving up a baby for adoption” in Rhode Island doesn’t do justice to the difficult experience that a woman will go through when putting a baby up for adoption. Expectant mothers make the hard choice of choosing adoption for their child in order to give them the best life possible, one that they may not be able to provide.

Adoption will continue to affect your life long after the process is completed. Placing a baby for adoption in Rhode Island is one of the most challenging and selfless acts of love you can do for your unborn child. Only you should have the power to make this hard choice.

Step 2: Your Adoption Plan and You

When “giving a baby up” for adoption in Rhode Island, you are actually in control of your adoption from the beginning. From choosing the right family for you and your child, to making your adoption and hospital plan, you have the freedom to choose an adoption plan that will be made just for you. It is important to remember that there is no right way to create an adoption plan. In order for your social worker to understand what you envision for your adoption, you may be asked the following questions:

  • What does your ideal family look like?

  • What kind of home do you envision for your child?

  • Do you want them to grow up in an urban or rural environment?

  • How many children can the adoptive family already have?

Your adoption specialist will work with you to make sure that your adoption plan is tailored to your needs. To start making a plan to place a baby for adoption in Rhode Island, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with an adoption specialist.

Step 3: Finding the Right Adoptive Family

Finding the right adoptive family can be another difficult part of the adoption process. Because you want to provide the best life for your child, it is more than understandable that you will want to be as selective as possible. You may have an idea in mind already of what kind of family you want to place your child with, but it will be a tough choice nonetheless. Your adoption specialist will help you determine exactly what qualities you are looking for in prospective adoptive parents and will show you profiles of waiting families who may be a good fit for you. You can choose the family whose profile stands out to you the most, and then get to know them through pre-placement phone calls, emails and more.

Every adoptive family that works with American Adoptions is required to be comfortable with an open adoption. You can take comfort in knowing that whatever level of contact you decide is best for you after the adoption, you can find an adoptive family that will be able to meet those standards. You are also able to choose an adoptive family from all over the country, so don’t feel like you are restricted to families that live in Rhode Island.

Step 4: The Freedom of your Hospital Plan

Just like you will be in charge of your adoption plan, you will also be in control of what happens during your stay in the hospital. You will be able to answer questions such as:

  • Do you want the adoptive family in the room during the delivery?

  • How comfortable are you with holding your child after the birth?

  • How much time would you like to spend with your child after the birth?

Remember, your hospital plan will always be up to you. Also, your feelings about some of these questions may not be set in stone. For example, you may originally want the adoptive parents in the delivery room with you, but later decide that you really aren’t comfortable with the adoptive family being with you during the delivery, and instead only want to have your immediate family in the room. The great thing about the hospital plan is that you have the freedom to change your mind about any aspect.

As you create your hospital plan, your adoption specialist and adoption attorney will also help you prepare for the document-signing process. Due to the legal regulations of all states, including Rhode Island, you must legally give your consent to the adoption after your baby is born. This process will terminate your parental rights, essentially giving your rights to the adoptive family. In Rhode Island, you must wait at least 15 days after the birth of your child to terminate your parental rights. It can be challenging to revoke your consent once the decree of adoption or termination of parental rights has been signed. You must wait at least 180 days before you can petition for your rights to be reinstated.

Step 5: Adjusting to Life after the Birth of your Child

Choosing adoption doesn’t have to mean the end of your relationship with your child.

In today’s adoptions, it is more common than ever to have some type of relationship with the adoptive family and your child. If you wish, American Adoptions can facilitate pictures and letters for up to 18 years. You may also decide that you wish to have direct phone calls, visits, and even more communication with the adoptive family after putting a newborn up for adoption in Rhode Island.

No matter how prepared you feel, you may experience some feelings of grief after the adoption.  Being able to communicate with the adoptive family can help ease the pain you will feel after your loss. You are more than welcome to call our adoption hotline at any hour of the day if you need help processing these emotions.

If you are interested in the adoption process in Rhode Island, please call 1-800-ADOPTION for more information. You can call anytime, and you are in no way obligated to choose adoption. Our adoption specialists are here to help 24/7 to help you work through the best option for yourself and your child.

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