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Last-Minute Adoption: It’s Late in the Pregnancy, I Don’t Know What to Do

By Blessing E. Ikhimokpa

You’re due to give birth any day now. But as the days are going, you’re wondering if it’s too late to place a baby for adoption. Adoption isn’t something you’re familiar with, but you’ve considered it. For adoption, you need an adoption plan in place. At Adoption Choices of Arizona, you don’t have to worry about this being a last-minute adoption. The adoption journey is unique to each person, and we are always here to help you.

If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 1-480-900-5520 or visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona. 

How does last-minute adoption work in Arizona?

Last-minute adoption is when you’ve already given birth. But would like to place your birth child up for adoption. Usually, when you think of an adoption plan, it’s during birth. But, it doesn’t always have to be during the birth. 

After the baby is born or during the pregnancy, you’ll still be able to create an adoption plan. There is never a set-in time to think of adoption. Never think that you’re being rushed to decide on adoption. Placing a child up for adoption is a big deal. You never want to make a decision you’ll end up regretting. 

What are some reasons for last-minute adoption?

Some reasons for last-minute adoption are:

  • Adoption wasn’t your first option
  • You haven’t made a final decision
  • You need more time to think about it
  • You don’t know that much about adoption
  • Fear of regretting it in the end

All the reasons stated for last-minute adoption are valid. When birth mothers need unplanned pregnancy help, their first thoughts aren’t about adoption. Adoption comes into play after you’ve looked up how to put a baby up for adoption. Even after giving birth and have already considered adoption. Not every birth mother is the same. Some birth mothers would like to think about their options before they jump into adoption. 

If you’re considering adoption but know little about the adoption process. At adoption agencies in Arizona, we specialize in pregnant mom and birth family adoption services if you’re a birth mother who has considered adoption but don’t know if it’s too late. Know that it’s never too late to consider adoption. Adoption will only come if you allow it. Never feel rushed in deciding. Once that decision is made, there’s no going back and changing it.

When considering last-minute adoption, who can help me?

At your adoption agency of choice, you’ll have the choice of a counselor. Who will be there whenever you need help to make an adoption plan. In addition, they will be the ones guiding you throughout the adoption process. This counselor is the one who will help with the last-minute adoption. The only reason for this is being called a “last-minute” adoption. It is because the baby has already been born. There is no specific set time for adoption. You can decide you’d like to place them up for adoption at any point in the child’s life. It doesn’t have to be when you’re pregnant or about to give birth. 

Is the adoption plan different when it’s last-minute?

If you’re a birth mother considering adoption. But you think it’s too late, or it’s last minute. Don’t worry. You can start your adoption process at any time. Although the baby has already been born, you’ll still be able to create an adoption plan. 

A regular adoption plan in Arizona is where you’ll:

  1. Find an adoption agency in your area 
  2. Choose from the three adoption options
  3. Choose the adoptive parents
  4. Plan a birth/hospital plan

The difference between a regular and a last-minute adoption is that since the baby is already born. There will be no reason for a birth/hospital plan. But you’ll still be able to choose the adoptive family. While also being able to choose the type of adoption. In Arizona, there are three adoption options to choose from. Open, semi-open, and closed adoption. No matter the adoption options, you’ll still be able to place your child up for adoption. Also, a last-minute adoption doesn’t take away the right to place a child up for adoption. It’s just “last-minute” where the baby is already born. Or will be born soon. 

Considering adoption but don’t know if it’s too late? Our agency and our counselors will help you create an adoption plan or begin your adoption journey. 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!

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