Adoption Planning

Young woman leaning against a wall considering adoption.

Are you facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption? It costs you nothing to find out all the information you can about this option for your child. Like any other choice, adoption has pros and cons, so it’s important that you do your research in order to make the best decision for you and your child. Here you’ll find answers to common questions about choosing adoption, sharing your decision, selecting adoptive parents, and what happens after adoption.

Select an adoption planning topic you want to learn more about:

Choosing Adoption

I’m thinking of placing my baby for adoption, now what?

I am considering placing my baby for adoption, who should I contact?

My daughter has an unplanned pregnancy, what should I do?

Do I need to work with a lawyer or an agency?

Will I have to pay for a lawyer or an agency?

How far into my pregnancy can I decide to place my baby for adoption?

What if I change my mind about placing my baby for adoption during my pregnancy?

Can I decide to place my baby for adoption after I give birth?

Can I change my mind about adoption?

Adoption Choices for Expectant Parents

Choosing Adoption: Adoption Basics for Expectant Parents


Sharing Your Decision

Should I tell my parents I’m thinking about adoption?

Do I have to tell the baby’s father I am thinking about adoption?

How do I talk about adoption with family and friends?

What happens if my family opposes the adoption?


Selecting Adoptive Parents

I can’t provide a home for my baby, how can I find someone who can?

How do I choose an adoptive family for my baby?

Do I have to live in the same state as the adoptive parents?

Do I get to meet the adoptive parents?

How soon after birth do the adoptive parents take the baby?

Waiting Parent Profiles


What Happens After Adoption?

How does adoption affect birth parents?

What will it be like after the adoption?

Will I get to visit with my child after placement with adoptive parents?

Will I get updates about my child from the adoptive parents?

Will there be counseling available to me after the adoption?

What is a Post Placement Contract?

I’m a birth father, what does that mean?

What is a contested adoption?

How do I cope with my child’s absence during the holidays?


Adoption Resources

Adoption Resources for Expectant Mothers

Rights of Unmarried Fathers

Rights of Unmarried Fathers by State

Parental Termination Laws for Adoption

Adoption Consent Laws by State


Want to learn more about adoption planning from women who have been there? Visit our birth mother blogs.