Things to Consider When Thinking of Placing Your Child

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An unplanned pregnancy can create a lot of stress. Choosing the option of placing your child for adoption can be challenging and rewarding. We provide free services for women who are pregnant and need help through the adoption process. Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible so you can focus on keeping your baby and yourself healthy until delivery. We can help you find a wonderful family that will feel love and gratitude for your priceless gift to them.

Good to Know:

1. The Differences Between Open and Closed Adoption

Adoption doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye forever to your child. Most adoptions have some level of openness–that is to say the birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptee have some type and frequency of communication.

2. Your Rights as a Birth Parent

When you’re deciding to place your child, it’s important to understand your rights in the adoption process to protect yourself and your child. When you are pregnant and until you place your child with the adoptive family, you control what happens to your child. This means you determine any medical decisions your child may need made. You are your child’s legal parent. After you sign over your parental rights to the adoptive parents, you are no longer the legal parent of your child. You also have a say in choosing which family to place your child with.

 

Birth fathers have rights too. If you know the birth father, he should be consulted before placing your child up for adoption.

3. What Is Relinquishment?

Relinquishment in terms of adoption means that a birth parent is voluntarily terminating his or her parental rights to his or her child so that the child may be adopted. There are involuntary termination of parental rights, but for the purposes of a pregnant woman considering adoption, those do not apply.

4. It’s Your Choice

This is completely your choice. Until you terminate your parental rights, your baby is yours. At any point up to the finalization, you can change your mind. You should feel confident about your decision. Adoption is a permanent decision for you and your child.

5. Prenatal Care

Regardless of whether you choose to parent or place your child for adoption, it is important that you receive the prenatal care you need to ensure the health of your baby and you. You and your child’s health and wellness will be determined by your diet, regular visits to the doctor, and your lifestyle choices.

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