Did you know that the majority of prospective birth mothers worry about life post-placement? If you fall into this category, Adoption Choices of Texas is here to help ease your worries! We know how important it is for you to understand your rights and responsibilities as you begin the adoption process.
Placing your child for adoption can often seem like a complicated process, especially when you’re already facing an unplanned pregnancy. But, know this: You have undeniable parental adoption rights. As a prospective birth mother, you will always be able to do what is best for you and your baby, no matter what anyone else says. This includes more than just your right to give adoption consent — it encompasses the entire adoption journey!
Here are just a few of your protected, prospective birth mother rights:
The Right to Receive Counseling
Because you will never be obligated to choose adoption for your baby, you should always receive objective information about all of your unplanned pregnancy choices from adoption counselors. Contacting an agency never means you have to choose adoption; it just means you’re taking the brave step to receive the information you need to make the best decision for you. Adoption is rarely an easy choice to make, and most prospective birth mothers experience difficult feelings before, during, and after the adoption process. Your adoption specialist will provide professional counseling services you need to sort through your feelings, explore your options, and ultimately make a decision that you feel good about.
The Right to Create Your Own Adoption Plan
Your adoption rights as a prospective birth mother mean that you run the show of your own adoption journey — that is, you create your own adoption plan detailing every step, from start to finish. You are always in charge, although your adoption specialist will be there to support you the whole way. You will never be forced into decisions you are uncomfortable with, and you will have all the time you need to make important decisions in your adoption plan.
The Right to Choose Your Child’s Adoptive Family
One of your prospective birth mother rights is being able to choose the family that you wish to place your child with. This is a big decision to make, and you will always be the one in charge of choosing the family who is right for your baby. To aid you in this decision, your adoption specialist will speak with you at length about your desires for an adoptive family and present to you profiles of families who meet those preferences.
You will have the chance to meet with and get to know the family prior to selecting them for your baby. You can take as long as you want to find the perfect family for your child, and you will always have this right, no matter how late in your pregnancy you are choosing adoption.
The Right to Change Your Mind at any Point in the Process
As part of a mother’s legal rights in placing her child for adoption, you have the right to change your mind before giving legalized adoption consent. This means that you will always have the right to choose to parent your child, whether it’s early in your pregnancy, after you have met adoptive parents, or even once you have given birth. You are never obligated to choose adoption, no matter how far along you are in your adoption plan. Until the adoption has been finalized, you are your child’s legal parent. Only then are you no longer the legal parent of your child and unable to make decisions for him or her.
The Right to Choose Your Post-Placement Relationship
Another of your prospective birth mother rights is choosing the type of contact you want to have with the adoptive family before and after your adoption is complete. You always get to choose what kind of relationship you want — whether it’s a closed, semi-open, or open adoption. You can even have a relationship with your birth child as he or she grows up! While you will have no legal parental rights after you place your child for adoption, open adoption allows you to remain a part of your child’s life.
Your Adoption Rights When Giving Your Legal Consent
When it comes to giving your legal consent for adoption, you may have a lot of questions. Can I place my child for adoption without giving up my parental rights? Does the birth father have to give his consent to adoption? What if he’s not a part of the picture? Before you place your baby for adoption, an adoption attorney will explain your adoption rights in the process. However, know this: Adoption is a permanent choice that will terminate your parental rights, and no one can adopt your child without your permission if you are pregnant.