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Birth Mother Rights After an Adoption in Texas

By Melissa Camacho

Am I still entitled to parental rights after putting up my baby for adoption? Many birth mothers go through intense emotions and physical stress during their post-adoption phase. The adoption process can be a very challenging moment and affects birth mothers in the aftermath. As a birth mother choosing adoption in Texas, you are now familiar with this experience. The truth is–you are not alone, and we are still with you. While your journey ends, Adoption Choices of Texas continues to provide you with the support and guidance you truly deserve. First and foremost, we understand the nature of your grief after going through the stages of adoption. After that, we will walk you through learning about the legal aspects and resources concerning your parental rights after the adoption process.

If you need help with adoption now, you can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here.

How Can I Get Updates About My Baby?

You just brought a new life into the world, your baby. In addition, you did the right thing to place your child under proper care considering the difficult circumstances you faced. And yes, you have a right to choose the level of communication you prefer for you and your child. That is something you value as a birth mother. After you place a child for adoption, you most likely want to know how your baby is doing. Maybe you just can’t wait to see those beautiful baby pictures! A lot of precious moments will come to mind. As a result, you get so anxious, but anything you wish is possible.

Let’s start by referring back to your adoption plan. In other words, depending on the plan you choose, your rights to make contact with the adoptive parents will vary. For example, if you have an open adoption, you can get updated information about how your baby is doing. This can include letters, postcards, or pictures of the adoptive family and your baby. Ways you can communicate with the adoptive parents can be through calls, emails, text, messaging, video chats, or family visits.

 If you have a semi-adoption plan, you can find out about your baby through your nearest adoption agency or a third party. Semi-adoption has more balance between privacy and an open level of contact. With a closed adoption plan, you are entitled to keep your information completely private with no open level of contact. Private information from the adoptive parents and your baby will be kept. You won’t receive any information regarding your baby if that’s the level of contact you prefer. Feel free to contact your adoption specialist for further information on the legal terms of your adoption plan.

What If I want to Terminate My Parental Rights in Texas?

One of the biggest concerns birth mothers have after the adoption is the possibility of ending their parental rights. With Adoption Choices of Texas, birth mothers can choose this option with consent to the adoption laws of Texas. This means there are other legal terms to consider. Any state can allow a birth mother to sign documents regarding her parental rights before childbirth but can change over time

Therefore, there are voluntary and involuntary ways a birth mother’s parental rights can be terminated. Upon your approval and signature through an adoption agency, you can end your parental rights voluntarily. In Texas, parental rights can be involuntarily terminated in such cases, one in which a child is placed under foster care. If your child is in foster care through the welfare management system, your parental rights can end without your permission. If you have questions or concerns about the legalities of your parental rights, contact your adoption specialist or legal advisor.

Can I Get Counseling to Help Cope With Stress During My Post-Adoption Phase?

Last but not least, we understand how crucial it is to take care of your mental health before and after pregnancy. This is especially necessary after placing your baby for adoption. Birth mothers are free to reach out to Adoption Choices of Texas for our Post-Placement Support Program. This program provides support for all birth mothers through their adoption specialists. Benefits of joining the Post-Placement Support Group include: 

  • Counseling with an adoption specialist
  • Having lunch during counseling services
  • Joining grief workbook activities, monthly local office support groups, and post support group holiday events
  • Getting mental health care or medical care referrals 

If you want to participate and learn more about the Post-Placement Support Program, call 855-304-4673 (HOPE). You can email the support group here or consult your adoption specialist for more information.

Get The Most Out of Your Rights In Choosing Adoption Choices of Texas

To conclude, all adoption agencies in Texas work with integrity to bring exceptional services to our birth mothers. We help you with expenses and counsel. This includes financial support with utilities, food, medical, and housing expenses during pregnancy. We acknowledge differences in every birth mother’s situation in experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Not all adoption decisions are easy to come by, but our mission is to help you get through barriers that suppress you emotionally. In reality, it’s important to know it’s a process, and it takes time to adjust to a whole new chapter in your life. Our job is to ensure no birth mother’s rights are overlooked. In doing so, we do not discriminate against any disability, religion, sex, gender, or race. We treat all birth mothers equally concerning their unique situations. 

Get in Touch With Adoption Choices of Texas Today!

Adoption agencies in Texas are the chain of hope for adoption. As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here.

We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!

As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!

Adoption Choices of Texas es la única agencia de adopción con servicios completamente en esapñol en el estado de Texas. Si está embarazada y necesita ayuda, llámenos o envíenos un mensaje de texto y uno de nuestros especialistas en adopción podrá ayudarlo. Podemos ayudarte con la adopcion de niños. Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de adopción como una mujer embarazada o una madre biológica, comuníquese con Adoption Choices of Texas. Para español llamar: 888-510-5029

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