Placing A Baby Up For Adoption Later In Your Pregnancy
Whether you have decided you do not wish to be a parent or are unable to raise your child yourself, our adoption agencies San Antonio, Dallas, Huston, and Austin are ready to support all women needing help with unplanned pregnancies. Choosing to place your baby up for adoption in your eighth or ninth month is very similar to the process involved if you made this choice in your third or fourth month. Whether you have chosen adoption for your baby later or sooner in your pregnancy does not matter. What matters most is the beautiful sacrifice you are choosing to make and the wonderful life you are giving your baby. Regardless of your reasoning, Adoption Choices of Texas understands the importance of such a decision and wants to help in any way they can.
Choosing My Child’s Adoptive Family Later In My Pregnancy
As a birth mother, you have the right to choose your child’s family from any of the profiles your Texas adoption agency caseworker may provide you. Many families also put personal ads on various websites, adoption blogs, and social media while looking for a birth mother looking to place her child up for adoption. If you happen to find a promising family through one of these ads, you can bring the ad to your caseworker and contact the family together. Your caseworker will then do criminal background checks, financial checks, interviews, and home studies to ensure your chosen family will be able to take care of your child to the best of their abilities. Your child’s adoptive family will most likely help you with any medical, financial, or legal fees you may have acquired throughout your pregnancy.
Do I have a time limit on choosing my child’s family if I put my child up for adoption?
If you go into labor before you are able to find a family you wish to raise your child, and you believe is the best fit for you and your child, you can take care of your baby or place your child in foster care until you make a decision. A qualified and trained individual in the foster care system will watch over your child and care for them until you have made a decision. A third option is giving your caseworker control over choosing the family. Some birth mothers do not wish to be a part of the process of choosing their child’s family. This could be due to any number of reasons and can be influenced by the type of adoption chosen.
Types of Adoption Agreements
There are multiple types of adoption you can choose from: closed, semi-open, and open. A closed adoption means you are choosing to have no contact with your child once the adoption is finalized. A semi-open adoption allows some form of contact between your child and yourself. An open adoption allows an open communication channel between your child, their family, and yourself. This could range anywhere from phone calls and visits to letters. If you do not mind your child being raised by someone else close to you, you could always choose to go with a familial adoption, which is where a family member of yours adopts your child. Some mothers find this difficult and painful, but others get great joy out of keeping their child in their lives as a sibling, niece or nephew, or cousin.
So long as the family or individual you choose to adopt your baby passes a home study evaluation, anyone can adopt your baby. You can choose anyone to adopt your child, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or marital status. The decision is yours, and Adoption Choices of Texas respects all families and does not discriminate.
How does COVID-19 affect me placing my child up for adoption?
If you are putting your child up for adoption later in your pregnancy, you should know that COVID-19 has influenced home studies, court hearings, and processes, as well as hospital delivery protocols. Home studies, interviews, and court processes are being held mainly online through video calls in order to diminish spreading disease during the pandemic and keep everyone safe.
COVID-19 Hospital Restrictions When Putting My Baby Up For Adoption
Depending on the specific hospital restrictions, women giving birth are only allowed one person with them in the delivery room and no other visitors at the hospital. Only one adoptive parent is allowed to come to pick up the baby once he or she is delivered. Know that you do have the option to hold your baby and take a picture with them if you choose to. You do have a limited amount of time to change your mind about the adoption after giving birth. You have 48 to 72 hours in the state of Texas to change your mind but cannot legally get your child back after that time limit has passed.
Choosing Adoption Is The Right Decision For Me
If you are pregnant through an unplanned pregnancy, know that we are here to help in any way needed. Choosing to put your child up for adoption, no matter when you have chosen to do it is a beautiful choice that will help your child, your child’s family, and yourself for years to come. Adoption Choices of Texas knows this is a strange and difficult time, which is why we want to support you through it. We will not abandon you, and we will ensure your child, and you are well taken care of.
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!
Meet the author: Carly is a recent graduate of Connecticut College with a dual degree in Psychology and Italian Studies. Graduating Cum Laude with honors in both Psychology and Italian departments, Carly has a background in gender-related research through the Connecticut College Psychology Department and Honors Theses Program. When not trying to figure out life or working, Carly is reading historical fiction novels or playing with her black cat, Isabelle.