The Option of Last-Minute Adoption: Deciding to Place Your Baby for Adoption from the Hospital
Choosing to place your baby for adoption is not an easy decision. While planning as early as possible is ideal, it doesn’t always work out that way. Some expectant mothers realize at the hospital that parenting their baby is not the right choice for them. That’s okay! Circumstances can change. It’s still not too late to place your baby for adoption.
Whatever your situation, choosing adoption is a brave, selfless, and possibly overwhelming decision. Adoption Choices of Colorado can help. We have the resources to handle last-minute adoptions, and will help you through the adoption process, even if the baby has already been born.
How Long do I have to Decide to Make a Last-Minute Adoption?
Maybe you had every intention of parenting your baby until after the baby was born, and now you’re not so sure. An adoption counselor from Adoption Choices of Colorado can meet with you at the hospital to explain your options. They can help you determine whether or not you want the adoptive family to take the baby home directly from the hospital, or if you may want more time to make your final decision.
If you aren’t certain you’re ready to relinquish parental rights yet, infant adoptions in Colorado can take place up until the child is 12 months old. This gives you time to try parenting your child and see if it is right for you.
Other options include our adoption agency sending an adoption caseworker out to help you go through the proper paperwork to relinquish your parental rights. This option allows you to leave the hospital on time with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your baby will be placed in a loving home and the right adoptive family.
Picking the Right Adoptive Family in a Last-Minute Adoption
Even with less time, you still have control over your adoption plan. Our adoption agency will send an adoption professional to you with information on prospective adoptive families to help you choose. Our adoption professionals are here to help you create an adoption plan that makes you comfortable. While you may have decided last minute to place your child for adoption, many of these waiting adoptive families have been preparing for a long time to become parents and are ready to love and care for your baby immediately.
Post-Adoption Support with a Last-Minute Adoption
Even if you know placing your baby for adoption was the right decision for both you and your baby, it’s natural to experience grief over your loss. Adoption Choices of Colorado continues to support you even after the adoption. We offer post-adoption counseling services and birth mother support groups to help you through the grieving process.
One particular birth mother support group our adoption agency is partnered with is called Lifetime Healing. The founder, Ashley Mitchell, is a birth mother herself. She created this support group to establish a safe harbor for birth mothers from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if you’ve placed one time or multiple times. If you’ve placed recently or it’s been years. All birth mothers are welcome.
If you are interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to consult with your adoption caseworker about the meeting dates and times. You can also learn more about Ashley and her organization through visiting her website.
Is Last-Minute Adoption Right for Me?
If you’re not ready to be a parent — no matter the reason — it’s okay! Adoption is a responsible and selfless choice. Through adoption, a loving adoptive family will receive a precious and long-awaited gift, and your baby will grow up in a nurturing household with tremendous opportunities.
If you find yourself realizing, even after the baby is born, that you may not be ready to parent, last-minute adoption is still an option and Adoption Choices of Colorado can help.
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.
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