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"Giving a Baby Up" for Adoption in Vermont

How to Give a Child Up in VT - And Why the Term isn’t Exactly Accurate

You’ve thought about all of your options, and now it’s all come down to just one — adoption. But even if adoption seems like your best option, how do you start? Below are the six steps to placing a baby for adoption in Vermont with American Adoptions.

As always, American Adoptions is here to help. To receive information about an adoption in Vermont, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a trained adoption specialist. You won’t be under any obligation to choose adoption, but you’ll have a better understanding of all of your options.

Step 1: Decide if Adoption is Right for You and Your Baby

During conversations among family and friends, you’ve likely heard the term "giving a baby up for adoption." There’s a very important distinction between “giving your baby up for adoption” in Vermont and “placing your baby for adoption”. This will be one of the hardest decisions that you ever have to make, and when you start thinking about adoption, “giving up a baby” doesn’t do any justice to the heartbreaking experience of parting ways with your child. Choosing adoption for your child isn’t “giving up” or “giving your baby away” — it’s a brave and selfless decision made out of immense love for your child.

Our job isn’t to persuade you to choose adoption, but to help you make the best choice for yourself and your baby.  When it comes to making the right decision, other women in your situation have asked:

These are all important factors to consider as you decide whether adoption is right for you. If you need help making your decision or exploring your options, you can talk to an adoption specialist any time and for free by calling 1-800-ADOPTION.

Step 2: Create Your Adoption Plan

At American Adoptions, you are in charge of the adoption from the very beginning. With our adoption plan, you’ll be able to decide:

  • The adoptive family

  • Your hospital and birthing plan

  • How much contact you’d like with the adoptive family after the adoption

  • And much more

An American Adoptions specialist will work with you to make sure your adoption plan is tailored to your needs.  If you’d like to start creating a plan to put your baby up for adoption in Vermont, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to receive free information.

Step 3: Choose the Adoptive Family

Finding the right adoptive family is one of the most important aspects of your adoption. When you’re putting a baby up for adoption in Vermont, you want to feel confident in your choice. That’s why, as a national adoption agency, we’re confident that you’ll find the right adoptive family no matter where you live.

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you’re looking through our adoptive family profiles:

  • Do I want to find a family that lives closer to me?

  • What is their level of education?

  • What kind of hobbies should they have?

  • Is religion important?

  • How comfortable am I with contact after the adoption?

If you’re having trouble finding an adoptive family that meets your goals for a Vermont adoption, don’t worry. An adoption specialist can help you find the right family for your baby.

Step 4: Get to Know the Adoptive Family

Getting to know the adoptive family can feel just as stressful as finding the right one. As you’re getting to know them, you can start asking questions like:

  • What kind of hobbies do you have?

  • Where did you and your spouse meet?

  • How close is your family?

  • Do you like to travel?

There are so many questions that you can choose from as you’re getting to know the adoptive family. Don’t be afraid to open up about yourself, either.

Step 5: Create Your Hospital Plan

Your adoption plan isn’t the only choice of your adoption. You’ll also be able to decide the details of your delivery. You’ll be asked different questions, such as:

  • Where do you plan to deliver your child?

  • Do you want the adoptive family to join you in the delivery room?

  • Do you want to take pictures with your child after the delivery?

  • Do you want to have a natural birth, or do you want medication?

After the adoption, you’ll also need to legally consent to the adoption. In Vermont, you must wait until at least 36 hours after your child’s birth to give your consent to the adoption. Your adoption attorney and adoption specialist will be there to help explain your rights when placing your baby up for adoption in Vermont.

Step 6: Contact after the Adoption

Most birth mothers have some form of contact with their child after the adoption. When you’re putting a newborn up for adoption in Vermont, you get to decide what level of contact you’re comfortable with. Based on the scale of openness, you might decide to share:

  • Pictures of yourself and your family, as well as pictures of your child and his or her adoptive family

  • Letters letting your child and the adoptive family know how you’re doing

  • Your address, allowing for visits during holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions

  • Phone calls, emails, text messages, video chats, contact on social media and more

As long as you choose an adoptive family that has the same goals for adoption as you do, there’s no reason why you can’t get to know your child after the adoption.

Even after reading this article, you’ll likely have more questions about how to put a baby up for adoption in Vermont. If you would like to learn a little more about how the process works in Vermont, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to receive free information. No matter how far along in your pregnancy you are, you’ll be able to speak with an adoption counselor at no obligation to choose adoption. 

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