Thinking about putting your child up for adoption?
An unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming. Everything in life is about timing. Sometimes women find themselves pregnant at the wrong time in their life. While it might not be the right time for you, it may be the right time for another family. You have the opportunity to change their lives forever. You can be someone’s miracle!
Choosing Adoption – When is it too late?
Its never too late to make an adoption plan. Even if you have an unborn baby, or you have a toddler and find parenting overwhelming, you can still make an adoption plan.
When considering adoption, its important to remember that you are not “giving up” anything. Instead, you are changing people’s lives. Adoption is a difficult decision – but it is also a courageous and loving decision.
We believe that choosing the right adoption agency is one of the most important decisions in the adoption process. At Courageous Hearts Adoptions, we ensure you have the support and guidance that meets your individual needs from our caring adoption professionals. You will not be alone. We will support you through the entire process.
How To Give Up a Child For Adoption
Step 1 – Fill out our form, and an adoption specialist will contact you and answer all your questions.
Step 2 – Fill out paperwork that helps us get to know you better.
Step 3 – You pick the perfect family to adopt your baby or child. We will send you profiles of hopeful adoptive families to review. You decide what type of family and lifestyle you think would be best. You can choose to interview the family, and even meet them if you want to before deciding.
Step 4 – Get to know the family of your choosing. This might mean communicating by text or email, and it might include phone calls or in person meetings. That is entirely up to you and what would make you feel the most comfortable. Your adoption specialist will help and guide you through this, so it is not overwhelming.
Step 5 – Make a hospital plan. Your adoption specialist will help you come up with a plan for the delivery and hospital stay. Everyone’s plan is different. You get to decide who is in the room with you, who sees and holds the baby first, and who takes care of the baby. It is your plan and you make the decisions.
Step 6 – Deliver the baby. Once the baby is born, you still get to decide who is with you and who takes care of the baby. Your adoption specialist and adoption attorney will explain the legal process. In most states, you can sign consents to adoption around 24-72 hours depending on the state laws, and of course, your recovery and when you feel ready. Consents to adoption are signed privately with you, the attorney, and a witness. You can of course have someone close to you there for support as well.
Step 7 – Find peace. It is common for women to grieve after making this decision. Grieving does not mean they regret their decision. We know that you love your baby and will continue to love him or her, and you chose adoption because of your immense love and care for the child. Supportive services and counseling is available if needed. Also being able to receive pictures and updates, so you can watch your baby thrive will help bring you reassurance and eventually peace.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it too late to make an adoption plan? No, it is never too late. When you are ready, we will be too even if the baby or child is already born.
If I am a minor, can I give my baby up for adoption? Most likely yes, but it will depend on your age and the state laws in which you live. Your adoption specialist will help you make this determination.
Does it cost money to make an adoption plan? No, the process is entirely free.
Does the father have to be involved? Well, that depends. If you are married to the birth father, he will need to be involved to some degree. If you are not married, it will depend on your state laws. Call us for additional information and you can talk directly to an adoption lawyer for free!
I don’t have health insurance, is that a problem? Not at all! All medical costs are covered when you make an adoption plan.
Do I have to go to the doctor? Will you drug test me? It is your pregnancy, so you decide what medical care you want to receive or not. And no we do not drug test birth parents.
How will I know my child will be in a safe and loving home? All our families are highly screened. They are all home study approved meaning they have completed multiple background checks, interviews, reference checks, and their medical history and finances are reviewed to ensure they are healthy and financially stable.
What does “open adoption” mean? It means that you have the option to communicate directly with the adoptive family that you choose. This could be by text, email, conference calls, phone calls, or other means. You can also meet the family before and after the birth if you desire. This can even include visits throughout your baby’s childhood even as much as every year.