What is the adoption process for giving my baby up for adoption?

It can be hard to find factual information on the internet about adoption, the process, local agencies and what to expect. At Adoption Minnesota, a local agency in MN, we help you understand the process, answer your questions, and help you create an adoption plan that is right for you and your baby.

Since we are a local agency based in Minnesota, we can travel to you and meet in your home or community in person. We often meet clients in a coffee shop or restaurant that is near their home. We feel that it is important that you are supported as you make this very difficult choice. Our counselors are here to explain each step along the way.

Adoption Minnesota, an adoption agency near you, helps you find an adoptive family, has you meet with an attorney, at no cost to you, so you understand your rights and assists you in creating a plan for openness after placement. We are here to make the process of giving up your baby for adoption as smoothly as possible.

If you would like more information about adoption, creating an adoption plan or giving your baby up for adoption feel free to reach out to our agency. We can be reached at info@adoptionmn.com or 612-333-0593. You can also text a counselor directly at 612-616-4564.

 

 

Advantages to Working with a Local Adoption Agency

Advantages to Working with a Local Adoption Agency

Adoption Minnesota is a local adoption agency in Minnesota. Our office is located in Golden Valley, MN. We pride ourselves on answering questions about adoption and explaining the process without judgement or pressure. Because we are a local agency, we can meet with birth mothers in person rather than over the phone. We have found that many birth mothers would rather have a “real” person to talk with in person rather than having to communicate solely through their phones. Our counselors can come to you. We can meet birth mothers in their homes, restaurants near them or anywhere they feel comfortable.

Another advantage to working with a local adoption agency in Minnesota such as Adoption Minnesota, is that we thoroughly follow all the adoption laws in MN. When working with a national agency they may not know all the different states laws.

Adoption Minnesota also specializes in knowing all the resources for birth parents in our state. Since we are a local adoption agency, we know more about what is convenient and accessible to you. We have information on support groups, good hospitals, and doctors to work with, and which attorneys to use. We also have many other birth mothers who are willing to meet and talk with you about the adoption process.

Birth mothers who work with Adoption Minnesota are given choices about how they want their adoption to go. They get to make the decisions about what is best for their baby and themselves. Since we are a private adoption agency, we can support them through this process without having any county involvement. This is a birth mother’s choice, and we want to make sure that they feel supported long after placement.  

Overall, there are many advantages to working with a local adoption agency. If you want more information about adoption, please reach out at www.adoptionmn.com or call 612-333-0593.

 

Open Adoption

In most of the adoptions at Adoption Minnesota, a local adoption agency in Minnesota, there are some amounts of openness after the adoption placement. Openness in adoption can mean a lot of things and can vary. It can mean that adoptive parents provide the birth parents with updates, photos, and letters throughout the years after placement.  It can also mean that the adoptive family gets together with birth parents for in person visits throughout the child’s life.  Of course, the degree of openness depends upon the wishes and comfort level of the birth parents and the adoptive parents.

Adoption Minnesota has been around for over 33 years, and we have found that each birth parent and adoption is different. Some women want semi open adoptions while others want open adoptions with visits with their children.  We make sure that your adoption is tailored to how you feel comfortable with post adoption, it is not a one fits everyone situation. Since we are a local adoption agency you have easy access to us.

We at Adoption Minnesota see that open adoption can be very successful and can benefit everyone in the adoption triad. Some of the benefits of choosing an open adoption are:

  • Getting access to medical health information so that you know your child’s medical history and have access to the birth family if something comes up through the years.
  • Allowing both sides to know how each other is doing and sharing accomplishments through the years.
  • Giving your child the opportunity to have a bond and knowledge of where they came from.
  • Allowing birth parents to know that their child is safe, happy and healthy.

If you are looking into adoption and want more information about the process, or what open adoption looks like please reach out by either emailing info@adoptionmn.com or calling at 612-333-0489. Adoption Minnesota staff is here to help! Again, we are a local adoption agency, meaning our office is in Minnesota, so we can come to you and meet in person, wherever it works best for you.

 

November is National Adoption Month

The History of November being National Adoption Month began in 1976 in Massachusetts when Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week. This was then proclaimed as National Adoption Week by President Reagan in 1984. It was in 1995 that National Adoption Week’s awareness and time span was expanded to an entire month by President Clinton.

Adoption is an important, beautiful, and incredible option. National Adoption Month is a month that people use to celebrate and reflect on how their lives have been impacted by adoption. It also provides a platform for spreading awareness of adoption-related news and issues.

Looking to Give Your Baby up for Adoption?

Looking to give your baby up for adoption?

Here are 6 steps you may take if you have an unplanned pregnancy and want to work with a private adoption agency:

  1. Deciding adoption is right for you and your baby:

Before even starting the process of “giving a baby up” for adoption, you must take time to learn about the process and if adoption is right for you and your baby/child. Adoption Minnesota is a licensed adoption agency, who explains this process and works with women to educate them on adoption in a non-judging or pressuring way. We believe that you can’t make a decision about giving up your baby until you have all the facts.

  1. Create a private adoption plan for your baby:

At Adoption Minnesota we help you with your unplanned pregnancy. You can create a plan of how you want your adoption to go. You are in control and get to make many of the decisions about how you want the process to go. You get to decide how to go about putting your baby up for adoption in a way that you are comfortable with.

You will be assigned a counselor who will explain your options and go over what you are looking for in a family. They will help you create a hospital plan for labor and delivery along with a plan for openness or ongoing contact after placement.

  1. Choosing an Adoptive Family for your baby:

At Adoption Minnesota we feel that finding an adoptive family that you feel comfortable with is one of the most important parts to placing your baby for adoption. We know how much you love your baby, and therefore it is so important to find a family that you feel is a perfect fit.

All the families at the adoption agency have completed a home study and background checks to ensure they are stable, fully prepared to adopt, and will provide a safe home full of love for an adopted child.

You will be given the opportunity to go through all of our families and get to know them through emails, texts, phone calls and in person visits. Once you have chosen the family that you would like to place with, Adoption Minnesota helps you finish planning the rest of the adoption plan. With a private adoption agency like Adoption Minnesota, you are the one in charge when creating the adoption plan and giving up your baby.

  1. Give Birth/Delivery

The hospital experience will be planned out with your Adoption Minnesota counselor, who will coordinate this plan with your hospital of choice. Much like your adoption plan,  you have full control over your hospital stay. You get to decide if and how much time you want to spend with your baby and if and when you want the adoptive family to come to the hospital.

  1. Complete the Legal Steps to finalize the adoption plan.

Once your baby is born your Adoption Minnesota counselor and your adoption attorney will make sure you understand your rights and the legal aspects of finalizing the adoption.  They will make sure you’re comfortable with your decision before proceeding with the paperwork that gives your consent to the adoption, allowing the adoption to become final.

  1. After placement of your baby for adoption and ongoing contact:

Placing your child for adoption is just the beginning. Rather than “goodbye,” birth parents have the option to have openness and ongoing communication and visits after placement with their child and the adoptive family.

It is up to you to decide what kind of relationship you want to have with your child and the adoptive family after the adoption. Just as you get to decide how to “give up” your baby for adoption, you get to decide how you want your open adoption to look after placement.

  • Typically, women receive updates and photos of their child for 18 years.
  • Many also stay in contact with the adoptive family through emails, phone calls, text messages and social media updates.
  • Some plan in person visits once per year or more.

Adoption Minnesota hopes that this information was helpful. If you have any questions or want to learn more. Please reach out to us at www.adoptionmn.com or call at 612-333-0593!

Reid and Paul’s Adoption Story

On a Sunday September 18th we received a screening call from Kathi, our Adoption MN social worker. She told us there was a birth mother interested in 5 families, and we were her second choice. We were told the birth mother, Lauren, was shy and working slowly through the process. She was due on November 4th, so time was quickly approaching for her to make a plan.

Many days went by and we didn’t hear anything. We wondered if Lauren had picked her first choice. We started to think that maybe this situation wasn’t going to be “the one” for us, which was OK. Our philosophy surrounding our adoption plan was “when it happens, it happens…” as we wait and hope for a placement.READ MORE

Julie & Sean’s Story

“If you’re considering adoption for your child, Adoption Minnesota is a place where you’ll find support and comfort with people who really care about you. For the most important event in our lives so far, we couldn’t have had a better experience!”

When we first discovered that Julie was pregnant, we had lots of questions about what we should do. We knew adoption was one option, but we really didn’t know much about it. So we decided to contact Adoption Minnesota to get some information.

Julie was really nervous about calling, but the birth parent facilitator who took her call was very kind and understanding. She explained the process clearly and sent us written information. We loved our baby very much already, and we wanted the best for him, so we knew it would be a hard decision to find a family we could really trust to give him the best.READ MORE