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The Final Stages of the Adoption Process: The Birth Plan and Adoption Finalization

By Syd Sukalski

You’ve completed the initial steps of the adoption process. You’ve chosen adoption, selected the level of contact you want with your birth child after the adoption finalizes, and maybe you have matched with a potential adoptive family. Now that that’s over, you may wonder what happens when you deliver your baby? How does everything work once you’re in the hospital? How do you get to the hospital? When can you finalize the adoption plan you’ve spent months constructing? In this article, we will answer these questions as we discuss The Final Stages of the Adoption Process – hospital plans for expectant birth mothers, finalizing your adoption plan, and what happens after the adoption process ends.

Adoption Choices of Arizona Adoption Agency

Adoption Choices of Arizona wants to help you create your adoption plan. If you are considering placing your baby for adoption, call us today, and we will set you up with one of our adoption professionals, who will help you through every stage of the adoption process. We want to ensure that our birth mothers receive all the pertinent information so they can make the best choices for themselves and their babies. As a private adoption agency, we help you through the adoption process, but you make all the decisions. Adoption Choices of Arizona maintains several private adoption agencies in Arizona, so contact the one nearest you to get started.

Now, let’s talk about the final stages of the adoption process.

How Do I Complete a Birth Plan with My Adoption Agency in Arizona

A birth plan is part of the adoption process, where you and your adoption specialist plan out what your delivery will look like. For instance, we don’t require hospital births but encourage them. In this case, you and your adoption professional will create a hospital plan. This plan will include instructions for those providing you with care and support. It might inform them which types of breathing and pushing techniques you want to try and which types of delivery you are comfortable with.

While creating your birth plan or hospital plan, you will also determine which friends or family members you would like with you in the hospital while you give birth. You decide whether you wish to speak to your birth child’s adoptive family while in the hospital and whether you want them in the room while you are in labor. If you choose, you can also leave the hospital with your birth child and their adoptive family. Finally, you can also request to be the first person to hold your child after birth. The purpose of the birth plan is to both set your mind at ease and provide instruction to those providing your care, so we can ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.

How Do I Finalize My Birth Child’s Adoption in Arizona?

After you give birth to your child, the state of Arizona requires you to wait 48 hours before signing the final adoption agreement. In signing this agreement, you relinquish custody of your birth child to their adoptive parents. Many women also wonder whether the father of their child needs to sign this agreement. The short of it is: it depends on your circumstances. Contact Adoption Choices of Arizona to determine whether the father of your child needs to sign your child’s adoption papers.

What Happens After the Arizona Adoption Process?

After your child’s adoption finalizes, you may experience a sense of grief or loss. This feeling is common among birth parents, which is why we offer therapeutic services and support groups to all birth parents who have recently placed their babies for adoption. In these support groups, you will talk with people who have undergone the same process. Depending on which type of adoption you choose while creating your birth plan, you may also be able to visit your birth child. Set up a time to meet with your birth child’s family to set boundaries and schedule visits.

Women who experience unplanned pregnancies place their babies for adoption for many reasons. But, whether you are pregnant and don’t want the baby or pregnant and can’t care for a baby, remember that adoption is a gift. Creating an adoption plan for your birth child is an act of love and shows how much you care about them and their future. Remember that you are not “giving your child up” for adoption, which implies some failure on the part of the birth mother. Creating an adoption plan takes time and careful thought. Adoption is an act of love.

Adoption Choices of Arizona wants to help you create your adoption plan. If you are considering placing your baby for adoption, call us today; we will set you up with one of our courteous and knowledgeable adoption professionals, who will help you through every step of the adoption process. Search adoption agencies in Arizona or check out our Adoption Choices of Arizona website. We look forward to hearing from you.