November is national adoption month. If you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption, it’s a great time to ask questions and get answers. You love your baby and have a difficult decision to make about their future.
Create a list of the best adoption agencies for birth mothers in your state and find out which adoption option is a better choice for you and your baby.
How Can Adoption Help Me?
Adoption is a complex emotional and legal process to permanently place your baby with adoptive parents. Adoption professionals don’t view mothers as “giving kids up for adoption,” but finding the right solution for your child’s future that gives another couple a chance to grow their family. Reaching out to learn more details is easy.
Where Do I Begin?
Reading this article is the beginning of your search for information. Speak to other birthmothers (women who have been through the adoption process) and get counseling and support through a local adoption agency.
How Long Does the Adoption Process Take?
How long an adoption process can take will depend on your state laws, the time needed to match you with potential adoptive parents and sign the consent papers.
When Can I Place My Child?
Developing an adoption plan can happen at any time. But legal consent to adopt is given after your baby is born.
What are Adoption Costs?
There is no cost to women who are considering adoption. The adoptive family manages expenses.
Can I Get Paid?
You are eligible for pregnancy-related expenses, not for placing your baby.
Does the Baby’s Father Need to Know?
Adoption laws vary by state, and we recommend consulting your adoption specialist and attorney for details. Generally, birthmothers should inform birth father’s about adoption plans, but it may not be possible in certain situations.
What Happens if the Birthfather Disagrees with My Decision?
Birth father rights vary by state, but an attorney can explain how you might pursue an adoption plan without him.
Who Can Adopt My Baby?
Prospective parents must go through a [process of background checks], including criminal, financial, and medical screenings.
How Do I Find Adoptive Parents?
Adoption agencies keep a list of current approved, potential adoptive parents. You might also look online or discover information through family, friends, or other acquaintances.
What are the Good Qualities of Adoptive Parents?
Put a list of criteria together that describes what you’re looking for, and an agency can search for families that match it.
How Do I Find the Right Family?
An adoption agency will present you with couples that reflect your preferences to read about them, speak to them, or choose to meet them.
Will Adoptive Parents Love My Child as Their Own?
Adoptive parents want to grow their family and are not concerned with their child’s biological connection. They want to share their home and love.
Can I Pick Temporary Adoptive Parents?
Signing legal papers permanently severs your parental rights to your child.
Can Birthmothers Change Their Mind?
You can change your mind before signing the parental consent papers. In many states, the window of opportunity after the placement will vary, and your attorney can offer further information.
Can Adoptive Parents Change Their Mind?
Adoptive parents can change their minds until consent papers are signed. Then they become the legal parents of your child and responsible for their child’s well-being and future.
When Do I Give My Baby to the Adoptive Parents?
Placements usually happen shortly after the birth in the hospital. You may be able to take your child home or put them in care when considering your options.
Can I Say Goodbye to My Baby?
Part of the adoption plan helps determine the time you can spend with your baby after the birth and the level of involvement the adoptive parents can have before, during, and after the delivery. Many birth mothers and parents today choose to celebrate the birth together and continue a relationship.
Will I See My Child After the Adoption?
Open and semi-open adoptions let you maintain different levels of relationships with your child and their family.
How Do I Decide on a Comfortable Level of Contact?
It may be hard to know at first. Over time you and the adoptive parents find a comfortable solution and build on it.
Will I Feel Regret?
Every woman is different, but despite the difficult decision, many believe it was the right one.
Will My Child Hate Me?
Children react differently to adoption. If your relationship with your child continues, you and the adoptive family can discuss the difference between “giving kids up for adoption” and placing a child with a loving family that offers them a better future.
Search your area for the best adoption agencies for birth mothers. If you are in Florida, contact us at 866-432-7860 or [email protected] to explore your adoption options, get professional legal advice, and hear success stories.