How Do I Give My Baby Up for Adoption?

Adoption can be an excellent option for pregnant women who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to take on the responsibility of raising a child at this time in their lives. Many families have been created because a pregnant woman decided that the best choice for herself and her child was to ensure the child had a good home, a loving family, and a better life than she might otherwise have been able to provide. However, giving your child up for adoption can seem like a daunting and complex task. Here’s what you can expect as you consider adoption.

Deciding on Adoption

Thousands of women have been in a situation where they considered adoption. Unfortunately, an impending birth may not always be a joyously anticipated event. Fear is a common reaction, as is confusion and sadness; a thousand questions may crowd into your consciousness, each demanding its own answer. In instances like this, it may be beneficial to discuss adoption with your support network of friends and family, attend a support group meeting for those considering adoption, or speak with a qualified adoption attorney to further explore and understand the adoption process.

Once you’ve decided to move forward with the adoption process, you’ll be expected to begin making decisions about your preferences for the birth, the type of adoption, and more. Jennifer can assist you with the decision making and adoption process at no cost to you.

Moving Forward with the Adoption Process

Depending on the resources available to you, you may end up working with an adoption attorney or adoption agency to guide you through the adoption process. This individual or agency can help you make an array of decisions regarding your adoption plan, such as your wishes and expectations for the adoptive family, the type of adoption you’ll pursue, where and how you’ll give birth, and whether you’ll have contact with the adoptive family after the birth. Remember, as the birth parent, your wishes are a very important component in the adoption process.

Searching for the Right Adoptive Parents

A knowledgeable adoption attorney can help you find and connect with a family who will give your child a warm, wonderful home and a lot of love. You can expect every prospective adoptive family to have completed a lengthy process to ensure that they’re financially stable, have a proper home, and are otherwise suitable parents for your unborn child.

Depending on the laws in your state, you may be able to request that the adoptive family be responsible for the costs associated with the pregnancy and birth, as well as living expenses during the pregnancy. It’s important that you understand and explore the laws prior to making a commitment for the adoption.

Planning the Birth

It’s common for the prospective parents to want to be involved in all aspects of the pregnancy, including doctor visits, ultrasound exams, and other related events. The adoptive parents will likely want to be present, and possibly even in the delivery room, when you give birth. All of these decisions can be made between you and the adoptive parents either after an agreement has been reached, or during the initial processes; whatever works best for you and the adoptive family.

The Heart of the Matter

Giving your child up for adoption can be one of the best, most fulfilling things you’ll ever do, and also one of the hardest. At Jennifer Fairfax Family Formation Law Offices, we’re here to help you through the adoption process from your initial questions to the final steps of giving your child a wonderful new family. Contact us today; we’re ready to help you make the decisions that are right for both you and your child.

“I believe in working with each of my clients—in support of their family dynamic—to make the dreams of parenthood a reality. Whether you are single or married; or gay; a step-parent, a surrogate or intended parent or a child of adoption, it is my mission to serve as your advocate. With a dedication to the ethical and sensitive nature of each situation, I will help you understand the laws within Maryland or Washington, DC for adoption or surrogacy, and pledge to be your partner throughout the journey.” - Jennifer Fairfax