Even if you’ve already decided to place your baby for adoption, you might feel some uncertainty about the process itself. Between the pregnancy and the legal aspect, there is a lot to think about. How to put a baby up for adoption (or place a baby for adoption) will depend on your preferences and the agency you work with, but in general, there is a pretty defined process.
The good news is, you don’t have to go through it all on your own. At Adoption Choices of Nevada, we guide birth parents through the entire process. You’ll always have professional, caring support from the agency, and your personal Birth Parent Counselor will help make the process as easy as possible for you. This is how it works:
Make the Decision
If you have an unplanned pregnancy but haven’t decided what to do, we invite you to contact us anyway. We can provide information and counseling on all your options to help you make the best decision for you and your family.
Meet with the Agency
When you choose adoption, we’ll discuss the types of post-placement agreements and your preferences for the adoption. Whatever your preferences, there is a family out there who feels the same way you do. Learn more about the different types of adoption in our Closed, Semi-Open, or Open Adoption: Which Is Right for You? blog post.
Focus on the Pregnancy
It’s important to stay healthy while you’re pregnant. There are a variety of expenses associated with pregnancy, and Nevada law allows for assistance with medical care, housing, and transportation during that time. Choosing adoption means the agency will help with some of those expenses, and will also help with applications for insurance or state funds. Additional expenses may be covered by the adoptive family.
When you choose adoption, there is no cost to you. When you don’t have to worry about those expenses, you can focus on having a healthy, happy pregnancy for you and the child.
From finding a doctor or an attorney, to filing paperwork and developing your adoption plan, your Birth Parent Counselor is there for you. Whatever resources you might need, we can help you connect with them.
Choose an Adoptive Family
We’ll start by narrowing down the list of families based on the preferences you specify. From there, you will be able to look at family profiles to learn about their home life, careers, religious beliefs, vacations, hobbies, and more, and you can decide which family is best suited for your child.
You’ll also decide whether you want an open, semi-open, or closed adoption. In the case of an open adoption, you might start developing a relationship with the adoptive family right away! Every situation is different, and you’ll decide how much contact you want to have with the adoptive family.
Place the Child with His or Her Family
When the baby is born, he or she will be placed with the family you have chosen. If the adoption is closed, you won’t have any contact with the adoptive family before, during, or after the birth. In an open adoption, the adoptive parents might be present for the birth. After the child goes home with his or her adoptive family, you might exchange letters and photos as the child grows.
Again, these are choices you will make along with the adoptive family with the best interest of the child in mind. As the years go on, the specifics of open and semi-open adoptions might change as the needs of the child change. This is normal, and the arrangements can be adapted as needed and agreed upon by both the birth and adoptive families.
Even after the adoption is finalized, you may still be in touch with us! Our Birth Parent Support Group is available to you for as long as you would like to attend the regular meetings and our team is available to you forever to help with any ongoing needs or counseling.
Adoption Choices of Nevada has been assisting in the adoption process since 2002. Even though adoption may seem complicated and you’re unsure how to put a baby up for adoption, it’s our goal to make it as simple as possible for everyone involved. Ready to learn more about placing your child for adoption? Start here!