The Difference between Infant Adoption and Newborn Adoption in Colorado
As a birth mother, you may be wondering about when you should reach out to adoption agencies in your process. Adoption Choices of Colorado provides birth mothers with services both during and after pregnancy, offering both infant and newborn adoptions. The difference between infant and newborn adoption is simply the timeframe in which they occur. Newborn adoption includes all adoption plans for unborn or just-born children while infant adoption includes all adoptions ages 1-12 months.
What is Infant Adoption?
Infant adoption involves placing your baby for adoption between 1 month and 1 year of age. These adoptions allow you to have some time to be with your baby and feel out what the best choice is for you personally without having to commit to placing your child before even giving birth. Some birth mothers find it deeply reassuring to still have the option of adoption available during this time, so they can decide for themselves what is truly in their and their child’s best interest.
If you currently have an infant or are close to having your baby, please know that Adoption Choices of Colorado is here to support you in deciding whether infant adoption is right for you. We offer free counseling to birth mothers and their supports to help navigate all the thoughts and emotions that come up for you in this discerning process. It can be incredibly beneficial to make use of this year time frame in order to get really clear on your decision.
What is Newborn Adoption?
Newborn adoption is the term used for all adoption plans for unborn or just-born children. These plans allow you to take advantage of your time in pregnancy to choose an adoptive family for your child that you feel is the best fit, and to create a plan that fits your needs. It can be really reassuring to be working on the adoptive process while pregnant.
Newborn adoption allows for a sense of reassurance and comfort knowing that your child will be immediately well taken care of and that all your decisions have been made. Having a plan in place before birth can allow you to feel more confident in navigating the stresses of childbirth and recuperating. It also gives you time post birth to take the time and space you need to grieve and begin the healing process.
The Difference between Infant Adoption and Newborn Adoption
While there are pros and cons to both infant adoption and newborn adoption, the important thing is to remember that the timeframe in which you choose to pursue adoption is entirely up to you. If you have already given birth, or desire to have time feeling out what it’s like to care for your child and make your decision around adoption after the 1-12 months, then infant adoption may be the perfect choice for you. However, if you would feel more secure knowing you already have a written and agreed upon adoption plan for your child before giving birth, newborn adoption is a better choice for you.
Adoption Choices of Colorado is here to help you in whatever route you choose. We offer free counseling services and case management to help you choose your child’s adoptive parents and create your ideal adoption plan. Contact us today to talk more with one of our providers about how we can assist you with your infant or newborn adoption.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
Meet the Author: Kara Bringewatt is an English major and psychology minor at Queens University of Charlotte. She plans to get her masters in social work and work at a nonprofit as a case manager for at-risk youth. She loves using writing as a means of creating community and bringing attention to causes she’s passionate about.
Kara is particularly interested in educational and mental health interventions for young people in foster care. She’s worked as a tutor, professional caregiver, preschool teacher and acting instructor, and loves being able to utilize her wide range of passions to support young people and plans on being a foster and adoptive parent.