The answer is “Yes.” It is never too late to make an adoption plan for your baby. Many women wait until their babies are born or after they are home. Choosing adoption is a difficult decision, and you want to feel confident.
Have I Waited Too Long?
There isn’t a time limit for planning an adoption. As the birth mother, you control the process and timing.
There are many eager and loving couples hoping to adopt. You have time to review bios and choose the right couple for you and your baby.
What Do I Do First?
First, you want to work with a reputable adoption agency capable of handling a legal, last-minute adoption plan. Your adoption specialist should meet with you to help you decide if adoption is the best choice.
Once you have decided to move forward, the agency you choose should provide you with one-on-one counseling and support throughout the entire process and beyond. The agency can also provide financial assistance to help you with medical expenses and other pregnancy-related costs.
Choosing Your Adoption Plan
You want to select the adoption plan most comfortable for you. The type of relationship you wish to have with your child and their adoptive family determines the best plan.
Currently, most women choose open adoption. This plan allows you to have more contact with your child and their adoptive family.
By exchanging full names, addresses, and phone numbers, you can choose how to stay in touch and meet one another.
With this plan, your adoption specialist acts as a mediator, sharing photos and letters between you and the adoptive family.
You exchange first names only, and the agency can arrange an opportunity for you to meet.
If you wish to remain completely anonymous, choose a closed adoption plan. Your adoption representative selects the adoptive family for you, and no identifiable information is shared.
The courts seal the adoption records and you have no further contact.
Finalizing the Adoption
With the perfect adoptive couple chosen, you are ready to finalize the adoption. Choosing to place your child for adoption should cost you nothing. The agency handles all paperwork, legal arrangements, and court expenses.
To legally finalize an adoption, you and the birth father terminate your parental rights. A birth father can terminate his rights at any time, but a birth mother must wait a minimum of 48 hours after giving birth.
The courts give the adoptive couple full parental rights and the responsibility to care for the child. They appear in court six months later for the final decree of adoption.
Contact A Gift of Hope Adoptions
Our adoption specialist can meet with you in the hospital or your home if you want to discuss the idea of adoption further. We understand this is a hard decision, and we will provide you with the counseling and support you need during and after.
Call us at 888-564-HOPE (4673) to speak with us immediately. Or fill out our confidential online contact form, and we’ll be in touch shortly. It’s never too late to choose this option.