February 25, 2022 Birth Mothers
Can I Give Up My Baby For Adoption After Birth?
In this blog post, we’re going to address some common questions that we receive about when a woman can make an adoption plan for her baby. We’ll address questions like “Can I Give Up My Baby For Adoption After Birth?” as well as questions like “Does the baby’s father have to know?”
“Can I give up my baby for adoption after I’ve given birth?”
Yes. Whether you’re in labor or have already gone home from the hospital, adoption is still on the table. When working with ACF Adoptions, you can make an adoption plan at any time during and after your pregnancy.
“If I’m in labor right now, can I still choose adoption?”
Yes. If you are in labor and feel that you won’t be able to care for your baby, you have options – including making an adoption plan. This would qualify as a “last minute adoption,” which is actually quite common.
“How does the adoption process work after-birth or in the hospital?”
If you need free adoption counseling, simply call ACF Adoptions and we’ll connect you with a staff member to help guide you through the adoption process. Still at the hospital? They can meet you there. If you’re at home, they can come to you. You can also come meet us in our offices. Whatever feels right to you. Once you connect with an ACF staff member, they will explain the adoption process.
“How does matching with the adoptive family work?”
Once you’ve made an adoption plan, our staff help you to find adoptive families that fit your desires for your child’s future. Once our staff understands your preferences, they’ll send you links to their online adoption profiles of adoptive families that meet the criteria you set forth. From there, it will be up to you to the right family for your baby. If you’re still in the hospital, you can even request that the family come and meet you as soon as possible.
“If I’m giving my baby up for adoption, will I still need to pay for my own hospital bills?”
Every situation is different, but financial assistance is available to mothers who make an adoption plan. In most cases, the adoptive family will help you with pregnancy-related expenses, including medical care. In addition to this, our staff can work with you to help figure out if you’re able to receive Medicaid or other types of insurance benefits.
“Does the baby’s father have to know?”
Just like birth mothers, birth fathers have parental rights that will need to be terminated in order to finalize the adoption. However, under some circumstances, the termination of parental rights can be done without his consent. These situations can be complicated, so it’s important that you work with an adoption attorney that is very familiar with birth father rights.
“If I give my baby up for adoption, will I ever see them again?”
If you’d like to see your baby again, you can. This is completely up to you. When making your adoption plan, you’ll need to decide if you’d like to have an open adoption, semi-open adoption or closed adoption. There are pros and cons to each, but today, most women choose to have an open or semi-open adoption. Every adoption situation is different. However, in most cases, open adoption means a birth mother will be able to visit with the child and adoptive family on a set schedule. They may also keep in contact through updates, phone calls, text messages, etc.
Ready to make an adoption plan?
If you find yourself thinking, “I think I want to give my baby up for adoption,” but aren’t sure what to do, ACF Adoptions is here to help. We are available to you 24/7, even if you’ve already given birth. Give us a call or connect with us today. Everything we discuss is confidential, and completely free of charge.
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