The decision to give a baby up for adoption is a significant and emotional one. If you are considering this option, it’s important to understand the adoption process and seek support throughout the journey. Here’s a general overview of what the adoption process looks like through Adoption Minnesota:
- Research and Consideration: Take the time to research different adoption agencies. You will need to think about whether you want to work with a local agency near you, such as Adoption Minnesota, or national agency. You will also want to consider the type of adoption you want, such as closed, semi-open, or an open adoption.
- Counseling and Support: It’s crucial to seek counseling and support throughout this process. Adoption Minnesota provides counseling services to birth parents to help them understand their options and make informed decisions. Giving your baby up for adoption can be scary and feel overwhelming if you do not have support and someone to walk you through the process.
- Select an Adoptive Family: You can look at profiles of prospective adoptive families and choose the family you feel is the best fit for your baby. At Adoption Minnesota you also have the ability to meet families in person or online and get to know them before you chose them as adoptive parents.
- Create an Adoption Plan: Adoption Minnesota helps you create an adoption plan that fits your wants and needs. This plan will outline your desires for openness and your hospital time and post-placement plans and contact. Adoption Minnesota will also help explain the differences between semi and open adoptions. An open adoption would allow you to receive photos and updates on your child and may include visits if that is what you want.
- Legal Process: Once you’ve chosen an adoptive family, you’ll work with your adoption attorney to complete the legal aspects of the adoption. Adoption Minnesota helps you find an attorney. Having your own attorney will help you understand your rights and the legal process of the adoption.
- Hospital Stay: Adoption Minnesota helps you create a hospital plan that outlines your wishes for delivery, spending time with baby in the hospital and if you want the adoptive parents present at the hospital.
- Post-Placement Support: After your baby is born and the adoption is finalized, in an open adoption you may receive ongoing support and counseling to help you through the grieving process and to adjust to life after giving your baby up for adoption. Adoption Minnesota provides counseling for as long after the placement as you want or desire along with resources for support groups and speaking to other birth parents.
It’s important to note that the adoption process can feel difficult to navigate on your own. Therefore, it’s essential to work closely with an adoption agency like Adoption Minnesota who can guide you through the process of giving your baby up for adoption and provide the support you need during and after placement, whether you chose to have a closed or open adoption.
DISCLAIMER: Adoption Minnesota wants you to know that while we prefer positive adoption language such as “placing your baby for adoption” or “making an adoption plan”, we use “giving up my baby” and other terms in our blog and posts because many times women just starting their adoption journey use these terms.