How do I ‘adopt out my baby’ in Arizona?
We often receive this question at our Arizona adoption agency, how do I adopt out my baby? And we are quick to react! The first thing our adoption specialist does is to help make sure that you are safe! Next she will go through all your pregnancy options, your situation, and try to understand why you are considering adoption, where you are in your pregnancy, and what we can do to help you. All the while, she is educating, teaching, informing, and providing resources and guidance in adoption. This includes positive adoption language.
There is a lot of different language surrounding adoption and many terms and phrases that women use to research adoption. For example: “adopt out my baby”, “put my baby up for adoption”, “Putting child up for adoption“, “give my baby up for adoption”, “giving baby up for adoption“, “place my baby for adoption”, or “help, I’m pregnant and want my child to be adopted” or “I don’t want my baby”. No matter how you say it, you found us and now we can help you create an adoption plan and place your child in a loving forever family!
What is Adoption?
If you decide to place your baby for adoption you will no longer have parental rights nor responsibility for them. Adoption is a permanent, legal order. And once the adoption is finalized, the adoptive family will have full parental rights and responsibilities of your child. For some women, the permanency scares them while others, it’s a huge sense of relief. After all, there is a reason you are considering your options and searching for adoption.
For those scared or uneasy regarding the permanency, maybe fearing “will I change my mind?” or “will I regret giving up my baby for adoption”? There are some wonderful adoption options for you to ease your fears! For starters, we provide counseling to make sure you understand the process and what having a baby, keeping a baby, and placing a baby for adoption means for you. Now, and later in life. We specialize in grief and loss counseling and ensure you have the mental health and emotional support you need. Modern adoptions are mostly open. This means you can choose the adoptive family, meet the adoptive family, get to know them, and create a plan for communication.
For many birth mothers, an open adoption includes letters or emails, photo updates, social media contact, and even in person visits. Open adoptions tend to change and develop over time – but creating that plan from the start lays out your expectations on the table and provides a link to the adoptive family and your child – forever!
Adoption Pregnancy and Birth Plan
So now what? You considered adoption, you’re confident, and you’ve created an adoption plan. Now you continue on with your pregnancy and start creating your birth plan (aka hospital plan). Our agency will make sure you are supported through your pregnancy; providing transportation to and from appointments if needed, even making sure you have access to medical care. We can help with groceries and food, rent and utilities, and other pregnancy/living related expenses. We care about your comfort and health! During your pregnancy you might keep in touch with the adoptive family sharing information about your check ups and ultrasounds. You might even invite them to your appointments. Each journey and connection is unique and you are in control of how to navigate it.
When it’s time to deliver, we are with you through birth (assuming we’re allowed to be in the hospital with you given the new guidelines and standards). You may also want the adoptive family with you. You will be taken care of through your birth just as any woman giving birth. You can decide to hold the baby, or not. Name the baby. Or not. And other birthing choices. No one is going to force you to have your baby any certain way.
The baby will leave the hospital with the adoptive family. Soon after, the adoption will be finalized and you will sign the relinquishment paperwork. You can change your mind at any point leading up to this moment. Once the relinquishment is signed, your parental rights and responsibilities are terminated. Again, for some, scary. For others, relief. From our experience, most women are confident with their decision at this point, and not only relieved but excited for the life they’ve chosen for their baby.
Adoption Support with Adoption Choices of Arizona
Once released from the hospital, we will continue to provide support. Obviously, we can’t pay your bills forever, but we can help as long as we are able. And you can use us for counseling and birth mother support for life. We offer several counseling programs and some birth mother support groups.
Our adoption specialists will work directly with you and guide you through every step of the AZ adoption process. For adoption resources or to begin your adoption journey, birth parents can visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or call or text us at 1-480-900-5520. If you are a prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!