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Can I put a baby up for adoption after birth?

You can put a baby up for adoption after birth.  When you make an adoption plan at the hospital, or after you bring baby home, there are several things to consider.  This article describes the steps to put a baby up for adoption after birth.  You can do this at the hospital, before or after delivery.  It is also possible to put a baby up for adoption  after you’ve brought baby home.Here are steps to put baby up for adoption at the hospital

Can I give my baby up for adoption at the hospital?

You can give your baby up for adoption at the hospital.  You don’t have to abandon your baby at the hospital if you aren’t prepared to parent.  We can make a plan together, and you can choose a family all in a very short time, usually in one day and before you are discharged from the hospital.  Here are the steps to put a baby up for adoption after birth and at the hospital before or after baby is born:

  • Step 1: Tell the hospital social worker you are making an adoption plan for your baby.
  • Step 2: Contact me by phone or email to begin the adoption process.
  • Step 3: Choose a family from the profiles I will send you.  Talk with them on the phone and meet them in person, if you want.
  • Step 4: Decide if you want an open adoption, and if so, how much contact you want with the adoptive family and your baby in the future.  You can also decide this later if you want.
  • Step 5: Sign consent paperwork with an adoptions social worker and an attorney.
  • Step 6: Complete paperwork necessary for baby to be discharged to the adoptive family you choose.

You don’t have to decide now how much contact you want with the adoptive family in the future because all of the families I work with are flexible on this.  I know of all of these adoptive parents well, and they will want to work with you on the type of adoption that is most comfortable for you.  If you choose adoption after baby is born, keep reading for more information below.

Can I put my baby up for adoption after birth?

Yes, you can put your baby up for adoption after birth.  Many women make last minute adoption plans even after they have brought their baby home.  Here’s how to give your baby up for adoption after birth:

  • Step 1:  Contact me by phone or email to begin the adoption process.
  • Step 2:  Choose a family from  the profiles I will send you.
  • Step 3:  Get to know the family.  Talk with them and meet them in person, if you want.
  • Step 4:  Spend time with the adoptive family as they get to know your baby, if you wish, and decide if you want an open  adoption  with them and how much contact in the future.
  • Step 5:  Sign consent paperwork with an adoption specialist social worker and with your attorney.
  • Step 6:  Place your child in the adoptive parents care.  You can do this personally or ask your attorney or social worker to make the physical placement for you.

You can also allow the prospective adoptive parents to take your baby for an overnight, just like you would with a friend or family member.  Your parental rights will remain in tact.  If you decide you don’t want to put a baby up for adoption after birth, your baby will be returned to you.

When is it too late to put my child up for adoption?

it is never too late to put a baby up for adoptionIt is never too late to put your child up for adoption.  There are thousands of prospective adoptive parents who would love to adopt a child of any age.  You have the right to give your child up for adoption, and this is true regardless of your child’s age.  When you ask if it’s too late to put your child up for adoption, what you’re really asking is if it’s too late for you, personally.  Here are some important factors to consider as you decide:

  1. The age of your child: older children may have difficulty bonding with a new family.  Generally, children up to the age of 2 will bond more easily than older children.
  2. Other children at home: will your other children understand why you have made the adoption plan, and will your children support you in the plan.
  3. Baby’s father: it’s important that you understand baby’s father’s rights.  When his name is on the baby’s birth certificate, the father’s consent to the adoption is probably necessary.
  4. Bonding with your child: adoption isn’t an easy choice, and some women will find that they have bonded too much with their child to make an adoption  plan.

You always have the option to make an adoption plan, even if your children are older.  When you choose to put a baby up for adoption after birth, counseling can help as you consider what’s best for you and your family.

Will my child go into foster care if I choose adoption at the hospital?

Your child does not have to go into foster care if you choose adoption at the hospital.  There are some situations where a child might go into foster care, but you can avoid this if you work with the right adoption professional.  We have a lot of experience working with these agencies and we can help.  Here are situations where you child might go into foster care:

  • When a baby or mother tests positive for drugs, the hospital must report this to the proper child protective agency.
  • If your baby is in the hospital for an extended period of time, someone needs to be visiting with the baby.  If no one is spending time with your baby, the hospital might call in a foster care agency.  This is because they might think you abandoned your baby.
  • The hospital will call in foster care if you abandon your baby at the hospital.

We work closely with your delivery hospital to put an adoption plan in place.  We make sure your baby is discharged to the adoptive parents you choose, not foster care.  The hospital won’t involve foster care or any other public agency if they know there is someone ready to parent who they can discharge your baby to.  That would be you, a family member, or the adoptive parents you choose.

We are experts at making last minute adoption plans.  You don’t have to abandon your baby at the hospital.  Contact us today and we can help.

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