I’m Pregnant & Considering Adoption
One of the most common questions we hear from pregnant women considering adoption is “How do I start the adoption process?”
At Lifetime Adoption, we are here to be your adoption specialists, to provide support and guidance every step of the way. It is never too early to be thinking about adoption, and it’s never too late to start an adoption plan.
Through Lifetime’s resources and articles, you can learn about all of the choices that open adoption offers you.
If you are thinking of adoption, one of the first steps is learning more about the choices adoption offers you.
Call or text anytime at 1-800-923-6784 to request a free informational packet on how to start the adoption process, and to speak with one of our caring adoption coordinators about your questions and situation. Click here to view and request a free adoption planning kit.
You have three major choices when you are pregnant and considering adoption:
- You can choose the Adoptive Parents for your child.
There are adoptive families and other families available across the country, of all races, personalities, and backgrounds. You can even talk to or email with adoptive parents that interest you as you decide if they’d be a good fit for your baby. Each family waiting to adopt has been screened and had extensive background checks; they are ready to adopt. If you would prefer for Lifetime to choose a family for you, we can do that.
- You can choose the type of contact after the adoption. You may have heard of open, semi-open, and closed adoption. Most adoptions today are open or semi-open, meaning you choose the family and establish a relationship with them that includes contact after adoption. This can be pictures and letters, visits, email, social media, or whatever you are comfortable with. Closed adoption is when there is no information exchanged. This is possible but today it is rare.
- You can choose how things go at the hospital. This means you can choose who is in the delivery room, who cuts the cord, if you want to see and spend time with your baby, and more. You are in control of your hospital experience.
If your baby is already born, you still have these choices. Obviously, the hospital birth has already happened but you have choices in how and when to meet the adoptive parents and play an active role in establishing the transition for your baby. Adoption of a child who is already born can happen very quickly, often within just a day or two if you desire. To expedite things, you will want to have a copy of the child’s birth certificate and social security card if available.
You will meet with an attorney to review your legal rights and sign papers for the legal aspect of the adoption. Throughout the process, you have access to help and support from Lifetime, including counseling, maternity clothes, 24-hour support, and much more.
As you can see, the answer to the question “How do I give a baby up for adoption?” is really focused on the choices you wish to make. We are here to help you through each step of the process and ensure that as you are thinking about adoption, you have access to all the tools you need to make the best choice for your baby.
We’d love to answer your questions about adoption and learn how we can help you. Connect with Lifetime Adoption by using the form below – everything is always confidential!
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