It’s never too late to place a child for adoption; there are many agencies for putting a baby up for adoption after birth.
In general, you’ll want to think about the following points when considering agencies for putting a baby up for adoption after birth:
- Point 1: It’s never too late to place a child for adoption (even after you’ve given birth).
- Point 2: Most national adoption agencies have resources to quickly place your child for adoption.
- Point 3: These agencies allow you to choose your child’s adoptive family.
- Point 4: These agencies will allow you to pick your adoption type, which means you to stay in touch with your child.
- Point 5: These agencies will cover your medical and legal adoption costs. They also cover adoption counseling.
- Point 6: These agencies will ensure your adoption will move quicker than traditional adoption.
If you’re ready to talk to an adoption specialist about placing your child for adoption, you can contact us today for free.
But, if you’d like to find out more about how to place your child for adoption after you’ve given birth, continue reading for more information.
Are There Adoption Agencies That Accept Infants After Birth?
Yes. There are adoption agencies dedicated to placing infant, toddler, and older children in hopeful adoptive families. These adoption agencies handle “last-minute adoptions” and “older child adoptions.”
The adoption specialists who work at these agencies understand that if you’ve decided to place your child for adoption after you’ve given birth, you’ve concluded adoption is the best option for you and your child.
Once you reach out to an adoption agency for older children (“older” can mean days, weeks, months or even years after you’ve given birth), the adoption process will start, and you’ll get the support you need.
How Can “Older Child” Adoption Agencies Help Me?
Adoption agency professionals know how difficult it is to decide to place a child for adoption after you’ve given birth. Although most domestic adoption agencies work with women who put their babies for adoption at birth, these adoption agencies also can help women place their children for adoption after birth. Most adoption agencies can help women through the following adoption scenarios.
A same-day adoption is an option for any woman about to give birth or who is in labor. Once you reach out to an adoption agency for older children, an adoption specialist will quickly help you work through the entire adoption process.
In general, national adoption agencies can handle this type of adoption and most other older child adoptions. National adoption agencies have a larger staff and more resources. They also work with more adoptive families who are screened and cleared to adopt.
If you’d like to talk to a national adoption agency today, here are a few you could consider:
You can choose to have a hospital adoption if you’re at the hospital and are about to give birth, have already started to give birth, or have delivered your baby.
Like a same-day adoption, an adoption agency can help you place your child in an adoptive family quickly, often within hours.
Adoption After Bringing Your Baby Home
You also can choose to place your child for adoption days, weeks, months, or years after you’ve given birth. There are adoption agencies that have experience placing older infants and children for adoption and placing children up to 3 or 4 years old.
Adoption After Birth Steps
In general, placing your child for adoption after you’ve given birth is like placing a baby for adoption at birth.
You can expect to go through the following steps with an adoption specialist from an adoption agency for older children once you decide to place your child for adoption.
Step 1: Talk to an Adoption Specialist
Once you decide that adoption is right for you and your baby, you will call an adoption agency and speak to an adoption specialist.
Your specialist will ask you various questions to help determine your needs. Your adoption specialist will also help you fill out your social and medical history forms so you can determine the type of adoptive family you think is best for your baby.
Step 2: Pick an Adoptive Family
After you and your adoption specialist discuss the type of adoptive family who would be best for you and your baby, your specialist will send you adoptive family profiles. You can browse as many adoptive family profiles as you’d like – take all the time you need.
Step 3: Meet the Adoptive Family
Once you choose a hopeful adoptive family, you’ll get to meet them via a conference call. This call can happen where ever you are located. Since adoptions that occur after birth usually need to move faster, a prospective adoptive family will often chat with a birth mom on the phone while traveling to her location.
Note that you do not have to meet your child’s adoptive family if you do not want to. But, if you choose an open or semi-open adoption, you can continue to get to know your baby and the adoptive family once the adoption is complete.
Step 4: Complete the Adoption
A social worker and lawyer will help you complete the adoption paperwork and finalize your adoption. The adoptive family will then take custody of your child.
What Do Agencies for Putting a Baby Up for Adoption After Birth Cover?
When you choose to place your child for adoption after birth, you still get many of the services you would if you decided to put your child for adoption months ago.
In general, when you choose adoption after giving birth, older child adoption agencies still offer:
- Free medical expenses: You do not have to pay for your delivery or postpartum care.
- Free legal expenses: You don’t have to pay for your adoption’s legal fees. You also don’t have to fill out paperwork on your own.
- Adoption support: You get access to an adoption counselor and can reach out to your adoption specialist whenever you have a question.
- Other post-adoption help and services
What are the Downsides of Placing a Child for Adoption After You’ve Given Birth?
Although you can place a child for adoption at any time and can always receive adoption help, it’s ideal to contact an adoption agency as soon as you know that adoption is right for you and your baby. This is because it’s best to have more time to discuss your adoption plan with your adoption specialist and meet the adoptive family.
For these reasons, there are a few drawbacks to creating your adoption plan quickly, which include:
- Less time for adoption counseling
- Less time to meet the adoptive family
- Less preparation time
If you’ve already given birth to your child and are starting to think that adoption is the right choice for you and your baby, you can still choose adoption. An adoption specialist will help you through every adoption step to ensure you, and your baby gets the best care possible.
Remember: If you just gave birth and wonder who to contact about adoption, you can contact us for help today.