Placing Your Baby for Adoption After Delivery
It isn’t uncommon to not know you are going to “give up your child for adoption” till you are at the hospital. We say “give up” because it is the most common term, but what you are doing is anything but that. You are choosing love over everything else. Many women, just like you, are worried they are too late to even think about adoption.
The baby is here and you know in your heart that adoption is the right choice. Don’t fret. At Adoption Choices of Texas, we can help you find your baby a home as quickly as possible. You will go through the same steps as the other women who have walked through our doors, just a little faster. Most of it will take place in your hospital room.
So, what should you expect to happen when you decide that placing your baby for adoption after delivery is for you?
Talk with Hospital Staff about After Delivery Adoption
The very first step is to talk to your hospital staff about which adoption agencies are able to give the option of after delivery adoption. Not every adoption agency is big enough to know how this process goes. However, Adoption Choices of Texas has experience in this and can help you through the adoption process. Our staff is educated in dealing with last-minute adoptions, while keeping you and your baby in mind.
Create an After Delivery Adoption Plan
What is the adoption plan? It is what it sounds like. It is your plan for how you want your adoption process to go. There are things that are out of your control like state laws, but most things you are going to have a say in. If not the final say. So, what goes into a plan?
- The type of adoption you want to have
- The type of adoptive family you’d prefer to adopt your child
- Where you are giving birth to your baby
- The people you want involved in your adoption (even after delivery adoption plans need this)
Your adoption plan is going to be a little different as you are going to be making all these choices quickly. That is more than alright, though, as your adoption caseworker can explain everything to you, if you need it. If you still feel you need a lengthy adoption plan, then you can do that. There is no right or wrong length to an adoption plan, even during after delivery adoptions.
Choose the Type of Adoption You Want
If you aren’t aware, there are three types of adoption out there. Each one has its own benefits, and it boils down to your comfort level. Every woman is going to be different, and the choice has to fit you. Don’t be afraid to talk to your adoption agency about the options, though. We are trained to walk you through your options and not push you into an option you aren’t comfortable with.
- Open adoption is when communication is done without the agency’s involvement and can include pictures, texting, phone calls, visitation, and more.
- Semi-Open adoption is when communication is done strictly through the agency. There isn’t any visitation, but pictures and letters are done.
- Closed adoption is when there is no communication at all.
Pick the one you feel makes the most sense to you. It comes down to communication and what you are comfortable with. It can be a hard choice to make quickly, and there is no getting around that. You’ll have to think long term and what you feel is best.
Review Different Adoptive Family Types
You are always going to be able to choose the adoptive family for your child, no matter what. Your adoption agency is going to give you different adoptive parent profiles that match your adoption plan. This means you do have to think about the type of adoptive family you’d like your child to be in. Here are just a few ideas to get you started on your thinking:
- A family that already has children
- A family that is wanting to start their family with one child
- Interracial families or races different from your race
- Different sexualities than yours or rather part of the LGBTQ+ community
- Do you want someone who lives in the big city or more rural?
- Would you mind a single parent or do you want a couple?
You’ll have to make this choice quickly, but that is okay. Take some time to think about it before you look at the adoptive parent profiles. Talk through your options with your adoption caseworker to get ideas moving so you can progress with your adoption.
Placing Your Baby for Adoption After Delivery
Adoption is never an easy process, and you’re doing it after birth, which adds another level of challenge. There is no getting around that you have to make some major choices quickly. However, we are there to answer any of your questions or worries.
If you are in this situation, are you ready to start 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!
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