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Due to some misunderstandings between foster care and adoption, it’s not uncommon for prospective birth mothers considering adoption to have some concerns.  We’re often asked, “If I place my child for adoption, are they guaranteed to be adopted?” You’re also likely wondering, “How many kids given up for adoption actually get adopted?”

For children placed by their birth parents in private domestic adoption, the answer is 100 percent. If you voluntarily place your child for adoption, they’ll go right to the adoptive family that you’ve picked out by hand. You won’t have to be worried about your child being placed into foster care without your consent or knowledge if you’ve completed all the steps for an adoption plan. You also won’t have to worry about being in a situation where you’re putting a child up for adoption but nobody would adopt them, as there will always be families looking to bring a newborn into their loving home.

We understand that you likely have many concerns about the adoption process. If you have any questions about the difference between foster care and adoption, we encourage you to reach out to an adoption professional as soon as you can. They’ll be able to provide you with invaluable resources for your adoption.

Here are some additional questions that prospective birth mothers have about the adoption process:

Do Children Placed for Adoption Actually Get Adopted?

When you place your child for adoption voluntarily through a private agency, yes, he or she will be adopted. When it comes to the infant adoption process, we often get asked questions like:

  • How many children go without getting adopted in the United States?
  • Do children given up for adoption get placed with a family? How long do they have to wait?
  • What if my child never gets adopted? Do they go straight into foster care right away?

These questions are totally understandable as you start to learn more about the infant adoption process. We want to reassure you that every child placed with an infant adoption agency will get adopted.

You also don’t need to be concerned about your child going into foster care at any point in the adoption process or never getting the chance to meet their new family. You’ll have full control over the entire adoption plan from the very beginning — including choosing the adoptive family that they’ll be placed with.
If you have any concerns about the infant adoption process, don’t be afraid to reach out to your adoption specialist. They would be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the infant adoption process.

Do Children Given Up for Adoption Get Placed Into a Family that I Choose?

We hear this question a lot from prospective birth parents. The answer is always yes.

Again, we can reassure you that you won’t have to worry about encountering a situation where you’re putting a child up for adoption but nobody would adopt them. When you decide to place a child for adoption through an infant adoption agency, you’ll be in charge of the process from day one.  This means that you’ll be able to pick a family based on your specific preferences pretty early on. If there’s a certain future that you’ve always dreamed of for your child, you can make it possible with the adoptive family you pick.  When your baby is born and you sign your consent to the adoption, he or she will be placed directly with that family.

How Long Will My Child Have to Wait to Be Adopted?

Unlike a foster placement, when you choose infant adoption, you don’t need to worry about your child having to wait a certain amount of time to meet their new family. As soon as all the adoption steps are completed and you have signed your parental consent to the adoption, your child will be welcomed into a new home with open arms.

How Many Families are Available for Me to Choose From?

Every year, there are thousands of couples across the United States looking to grow their family through infant adoption. No matter how far along in your pregnancy you are, and even sometime afterwards, you’ll always be able to find an adoptive family for your child.

So to sum it up, if you are considering an infant adoption, you don’t have to worry about putting a child up for adoption but nobody would adopt them. You can rest assured that all children placed through an infant adoption agency will have a loving home waiting for them at the end of the adoption process.

We understand that you’ll likely still have some worries after reading this article. To receive free information about the adoption process, contact one of our knowledgeable adoption specialists.