What it Really Means to Give Up a Baby for Adoption
The terminology that we hear so often, “give up a baby for adoption”,
is not really giving up a baby.
In all reality, when you “give up a baby for adoption”, you are choosing to give your baby the gift of a loving family and a home. You are choosing life for your baby. A life filled with hopes and dreams and opportunity – the childhood you wish for your baby.
When you ‘give up’ your baby for adoption, you are actually making a choice to place your baby into a family that you select, get to know, and feel comfortable with. A family who will not only love and provide for your baby, but one who will keep you in your baby’s life, if that’s what you want. You can get pictures and updates as your baby grows, and even have visits together.
Placing your baby for adoption with an adoptive family is not an easy decision. One of our compassionate and experienced adoption caseworkers will provide you with information, resources and support as you consider making an adoption plan. Talking with Adoption Associates about the possibility of adoption is completely confidential and there is no obligation. You have choices, and we are here to help you. Call us 24/7 at 800-677-2367 or send us a message and we’ll call you.
My AAI caseworker was kind and considerate. She explained the process and helped me understand that I had choices. I realized that I was not giving up my baby – I was making a loving decision to place my baby for adoption.
When you find yourself experiencing an unplanned pregnancy it is important to look realistically at your options. Making an honest appraisal of the choices in front of you will leave you empowered to make the best decision for your baby.
Contact an Agency
Select an agency that is responsive to your needs, makes you feel comfortable, and provides support and information. The agency you contact should help you develop your plan based on your needs and desires, and always honoring your wishes.
Create your adoption plan
Your adoption plan will include the selection of an adoptive family, determining the level of openness, creating a hospital plan, and more.
Identify Adoptive Family
Select a family from pre-approved agency profiles who will meet your expectations while offering your baby a wonderful, stable, loving, and permanent home.
Prepare for delivery
Create a hospital plan with the understanding that you have control over what happens at the hospital. This plan will include your expectations regarding time spent with the baby, involvement of the adoptive family, and plans for discharge.
Complete the legal plan
You will need to complete legal requirements so that the baby may be adopted. Your agency will help you understand and complete these requirements so that the baby can be placed with the family of your choice.
Continue with post delivery services
The agency will provide you with support, including meeting with your caseworker, participating in a support group, receiving outside counseling and connecting with other birth parent clients.