It is Never Too Late to Give A Baby Up for Adoption
How You Can Still Give Your Baby Up for Adoption After Birth
Adoption is never an easy choice for a woman to make, and sometimes she might not make her final decision until the end of her pregnancy, or even after she gives birth. Putting a baby up for adoption after birth is sometimes referred to as a “last-minute adoption,” “pop-up adoption,” or "after-delivery adoption."
Because there is no maximum age to give a child up for adoption, you shouldn’t be deterred if you’ve decided that adoption is the best choice for you, even months after your baby is born. By choosing to place your baby for adoption after birth, you’re not giving up on them and on being a parent — you’re making the choice to give your baby the best life possible.
Below, learn more about how to “give a baby up” for adoption in the hospital or after taking him or her home.
Can I Give My Baby up for Adoption at the Hospital?
Many women ask about “giving baby up” for adoption at the hospital. They’ve also worried, “Is it legal to give a child up for adoption at the hospital?”
The answer to both questions is: yes.
Not only can mothers choose adoption at hospital — they can have the same adoption experience as any other prospective birth mother. The only difference is that the adoption process may be sped up to help you choose adoptive parents for your baby faster. Last-minute hospital adoptions are common, and we’re experienced at supporting women through the process that accompanies this brave and difficult decision.
If you’re wondering how to put a baby up for adoption in hospital, know that you will still have the same rights and play the same role in the adoption process as any other prospective birth mother. With American Adoptions, you can:
Choose an adoptive family while lying in your hospital bed
Talk with them on the phone while they are driving to meet you and your baby
Be confident in your choice, because each of our adoptive families is already pre-screened and excited to become parents
And as with all adoptions, you remain in control of your adoption plan when you give a baby up for adoption in hospital. You still choose the adoptive family, determine the post-adoption relationship and decide on any contact you want prior to delivering. For example, you may meet an adoptive family before choosing them, just days before your due date, if necessary.
If you’re not sure how to give a baby up for adoption at the hospital, start by calling 1-800-ADOPTION right now. We’ll walk you through the process of giving up a baby for adoption at hospital and work with you to find the adoptive parents that you feel are right — and we’ll help you to do it quickly enough so that your baby’s future family will be ready and on their way to meet you as soon as you’re ready.
To learn more about the process for giving a baby up for adoption at hospital, call us now.
Can You Put Your Baby up for Adoption After Birth?
Yes, you can put your child up for adoption after birth. You can choose to place a child for adoption weeks or months after he or she has been born. Even if you’ve taken your child home and have been caring for him or her, you can still choose adoption if you feel it’s the right course of action for you and your child.
If you choose to put a baby up for adoption after birth, whether it’s immediately after they’re born or months later, here’s what will happen:
Step 1: You’ll contact an American Adoptions specialist at 1-800-ADOPTION. They’ll help you fill out your social and medical history forms and determine your preferences for an adoptive family.
Step 2: The specialist will send you some profiles of families to choose from that match your preferences.
Step 3: Once you choose a family, they will be notified and be on their way to you as soon as possible. Depending on how close they live to you, you may meet them within hours. They might even talk to you on the phone as they’re traveling, if possible.
Step 4: Once you meet the adoptive family, you can clarify your preferences for open adoption contact and your post-adoption relationship.
Step 5: With the assistance of a social worker and a lawyer, you will consent to the adoption and the adoptive family will take custody of your baby.
Deciding to give your baby up for adoption at the last minute can be stressful, which is why American Adoptions does all it can to make the process as smooth as possible for you. These last-minute adoptions still offer free medical expenses, legal expenses, 24/7 adoption support and even living expenses in many situations. Just because you are choosing to place your baby for adoption after birth does not mean that you are treated any differently from a mother who chooses adoption earlier in her pregnancy. Your comfort is of the utmost importance to us, and our specialists are available 24 hours a day. They’ll help you navigate your feelings about adoption and the future of your child so you can be confident in your decision.
Remember, it is never too late to “give” your baby up for adoption. Whether you’ve been parenting your child or you just gave birth and you’re wondering who to contact about adoption, there is no “deadline” for giving your baby up for adoption. To get started, or if you still have questions about putting a child up for adoption after birth, please call our adoption specialists at any time at 1-800-ADOPTION. We can help you start an adoption plan right away.
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