Adoption in Minnesota


Adoption is a beautiful and life-changing decision that can bring joy and fulfillment to both birth parents and adoptive families. Adoption Minnesota a is licensed adoption agency in MN dedicated to providing support to birth parents and prospective adoptive parents. We understand the complexities of adoption and are committed to guiding individuals through the process with care and empathy.

One of the most significant aspects of working with a licensed adoption agency in Minnesota is the support offered to birth parents in person. We meet birth parents in their homes and out in their communities so that it is more comfortable for them. The decision to give your baby up for adoption is deeply personal and often comes with a range of emotions and challenges. At Adoption Minnesota we help women see the courage and love behind this decision and provide birth parents with resources, counseling, and emotional support throughout the adoption journey. From understanding their rights to exploring adoption options, birth parents can find the guidance they need to make informed choices in a safe and supportive environment.

Every adoption journey is unique, and birth parents should have the opportunity to create an adoption plan that aligns with their values and preferences. Adoption Minnesota, an agency near you, recognizes the importance of empowering birth parents and encourages them to take an active role in shaping their adoption experience. By collaborating with the prospective adoptive parents, birth parents can design a personalized adoption plan that reflects their wishes and aspirations for their child’s future.

If you are considering adoption, have questions about the adoption process or giving your baby up for adoption, we encourage you to reach out to Adoption Minnesota to learn more about the support and resources available to you.

How to give your baby up for adoption

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

I am Pregnant and thinking about placing my baby for adoption.

I am Pregnant and thinking about placing my baby for adoption. What does the adoption process look like if I work with Adoption Minnesota?

Adoption Minnesota is a private adoption agency and we understand that this is a very hard time and decision for you. We are here to help you create an adoption plan that fits your needs. We have helped thousands of pregnant women in Minnesota, over the last 30+ years find loving, happy wonderful homes for their babies. Here is what we will do for you:

First you meet with an adoption MN counselor

Our counselors are willing to meet you wherever and whenever it’s convenient for you. No matter where you live in MN, a counselor could meet you in your home, out in the community, or in our office. We will talk with you about your individual situation, answer questions, and discuss the adoption process.

Then you move on to finding a family

Adoption MN has many adoptive parent families for you to choose from. All of our families have been carefully screened and competed background checks. We work with married, single, gay, lesbian and transgender families. After you decide which family you are interested in, you can proceed however you’d like. You may call, email or meet with adoptive parents, or you can communicate your plan directly through your adoption counselor. browse waiting families»

We help you create an adoption plan

Adoption MN can help you create an adoption plan that fits your needs. Your counselor will assist you in planning your hospital stay. You can decide on spending time with your baby and/or the adoptive parents, if that is what you desire. You can also create a plan for future contact with your child and the adoptive parents, that can include photos, updates and possible visits.

We have meet with an adoption attorney at no cost to you

Adoption MN can refer you to an attorney who specializes in adoption law. This attorney is at no cost to you. Your attorney will talk with you about the legal process and make sure that you understand your rights.

Delivery and Placing Baby

After you deliver, your hospital stay is “your time”. You can decide if you, and family or friends, will spend time with the baby. The adoptive parents can come to the hospital and you may or may not want to spend time with them, it’s up to you. Once the baby and you are ready to be discharged from the hospital, the baby goes home with the adoptive parents. We do not use foster care.

Signing your final consent paperwork to finalize the adoption plan

To complete the adoption process, birth parents need to consent to the adoption. The consent is a legal document that birth parents in MN cannot sign until between 72 hours after the birth of the baby, and up until 60 days after birth. Once this consent is signed, it isn’t final until 10 working days after signature.

On going support

Your counselor will be available to talk and meet with you before, during and after the adoption placement for as long as you need support.

Adoption Minnesota is always available to talk and answer any questions you may have. We can be reach through email at info@adoptionmn.com or by phone at 612-333-0593. For more information you can also look at our website www.adoptionmn.com.

 

 

 

Laura’s Story

“I know her adoptive family will love her unconditionally and give her opportunities I never could have provided. I feel at peace with my decision.”

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was in the middle of my senior year of college. My boyfriend and I had been together for almost two years, but we both knew we were in no place to raise a child. I really didn’t have any idea how to begin the adoption process, but I decided just to email a counselor at Adoption Minnesota.

Beginning with the very first email, I knew this was the agency I wanted to work with. Eventually, we scheduled an appointment to get the ball rolling. My counselor was absolutely nothing but wonderful from step one. She gave me all the information I ever could have needed, everything from explaining my rights as a birthmother to helping me find a doctor. She was incredibly available to help in any way, or just to chat. But most importantly, she always made me feel like I was making a good decision.

Then came the difficult part; choosing an adoptive family. I spent a lot of time looking through Adoption Minnesota’s book of potential families. Each family had such a touching story, and I felt like each completely deserved to get a baby! Eventually, I developed a gut feeling about one family. I scheduled a meeting with them and walked away knowing they were the perfect choice. From there, the counselors at Adoption Minnesota helped us hammer out all the details. Together, we decided everything from when the adoptive parents would come to the hospital to how often I wanted letters and pictures after they took my baby home. My counselor always reinforced that I was in control of the situation and I could choose exactly how I wanted everything to go.

The adoptive parents and I emailed almost every day from that point on. We even met a few times for coffee. I loved getting to know them better, which only solidified that I had made the right choice. Finally, the day came to go to the hospital! The experience was the most amazing of my entire life. At one point during the day after my daughter was born, my counselor, the adoptive parents, my boyfriend, my baby and I were all in one room together. It truly felt like we were all one family. When you decide to give up your baby for adoption, you can’t help but feel completely guilty. However, I knew that if I was going to bring a new little person into the world, she deserved to have the best life I could possibly give her. Giving her to an adoptive family was the way for me to accomplish this. I’ve never loved anything like I love my daughter. However, I know her adoptive family will love her unconditionally and give her opportunities I never could have provided. I feel at peace with my decision. I never would have gotten through everything without the love and support of my boyfriend, the adoptive parents, and most importantly, my counselor at Adoption Minnesota.

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Amber’s Story

“Going into this process, I never imagined how amazing adoption could be. Even though it was by far the hardest decision I have ever had to make, it was also one of the best ones, too!”

I first found out I was pregnant when I was in my first semester of my freshman year of college. I was terrified about thinking about what I should do. I was still hanging out with the birth father, but we weren’t serious. I remember talking with my mom and she said that she would support whatever choice I made, but asked if I ever thought of adoption. She said that we had family members who were adopted and others who were planning on adopting. I researched a great deal online before I contacted the birth father to tell him I was pregnant and also thinking about doing an adoption.

I was so freaking scared making that call. He was 4 years older then me and I thought for sure he would want to parent! We met up and I told him about the pregnancy. He was in complete shock and said, “What are we going to do? We have no money!” I explained to him that I wanted to look into adoption and what it would look like if we placed. His face looked so relieved.  He agreed that he thought that it would be the right choice. He said that he would like to have an open adoption because he couldn’t imagine saying goodbye forever.

We met with a counselor at Adoption Minnesota. She was incredibly helpful and answered all of our questions. She showed us the book of families and we picked out a bunch that we were interested in. We then set up a meeting with one of the families to meet them in person.

When the meeting day came, I was totally freaked out! Would they like me? Would it be weird? Would I like them? We met at a restaurant near my house. The meeting went better than I could have dreamed of. They were PERFECT! We spent most of the meeting just getting to know each other. They made me feel like they really cared about the birth father and I and were not just in it to get my baby. We called them that night to tell them that they were the ones.  Their reactions and pure happiness is something I will always remember.

When my daughter was born, I realized what people were talking about when they said that you could love someone at first sight. She was adorable and perfect. My mom, along with the birth father and his mother, and I spent a great deal of time at the hospital holding her and getting to know the adoptive parents even more.

When the day came that we were all leaving the hospital, I had so many emotions. I was incredibly sad and even jealous that they were going to get to go home with her. I also felt relieved that I didn’t have to become a parent when I wasn’t ready. I was happy for them and her, too, because I knew that they would give her the very best. When we were leaving the hospital together, my adoptive parents said to me, “Now remember, this isn’t goodbye. She will forever be in your life and will know about how much love went into this decision.”

Going into this process, I never imagined how amazing adoption could be. I get to see my daughter often and get updates on how she is doing and growing. Even though it was by far the hardest decision I have ever had to make, it was also one of the best ones, too! I know that she is taken care of and has the best dads in the world.