If you are pregnant and considering the best choice for you and your baby, you may be thinking about the idea of adoption but are worried that you will regret the choice once you have your baby.

Legally, you cannot sign any paperwork that legalizes your baby’s adoption until 72 hours after birth, so you technically can change your mind after birth. This event is called a “disrupted adoption” and can be very painful for everyone involved, but it is your right as the birth mother.

However, reversing adoptions is very rarely granted by the court once it is finalized. Elevier Women’s Center can discuss the adoption process with you and refer you to reputable agencies.

Preparing Yourself For Adoption

No matter where you are in the adoption process, there is a lot to consider before you formally relinquish your parental rights.

As the biological mother, you have the final say about whether or not adoption is final. You also get to choose the adoptive family. Legally, no one can force you into making an adoption plan.

If you wonder what your relationship with your child could look like post-adoption, here are several options to consider:

  • Open adoption: You’ll build a relationship and open communication with the adoptive family.
  • Semi-open adoption: A lawyer or adoption agency mediates all communication, and your identity is undisclosed.
  • Closed adoption: All details are kept confidential and sealed by the court. 

Deciding to pursue adoption can be a challenging and emotional journey. Placing your child with another family requires strength and can present various difficulties. During this process, receiving ongoing support and access to mental health resources is crucial to help you healthily navigate your emotions.

You also should be free of the financial burden of adoption services. No reputable adoption agency should charge you for the adoption process, but it should be completely free.

We’re Here to Talk

At Elevier Women’s Center, we are happy to provide a listening ear where you can ask questions, share concerns, and process your feelings.

You are not alone! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.