What Happens at the Hospital if I’m Giving My Baby Up for Adoption in New York?

By Jonathan Tick

While most birth mothers choose adoption before their delivery date, some think about adopting out their baby during it. These in-hospital adoptions are also known as ‘last-minute adoptions.’ These kinds of adoption may seem daunting and unorthodox at first. But they are a viable choice when putting a baby up for adoption.  

So while it may seem strange at first, know that Adoption Choices of New York is willing to help you through this experience. As our adoption agencies in cities like NYC are more than ready to help out birth mothers in need?

How do I Get Started with the Adoption Process?

Giving a call to one of our adoption agencies in New York would be the best way to start. For a birth mother who’s giving birth in Albany, for example, they would call one of our adoption agencies in Albany to seek help. From there, one of the adoption center’s staff will discuss the adoption process and answer any questions you may have. Let them know as well that you’re seeking a last-minute adoption. This is so they can get a clear picture of your situation.  

This process can be done more or less any time you’re at your stay at the hospital. However, it’s most recommended to contact one of our adoption centers as soon as possible. This way, the baby can leave with their adoptive family instead of having to go home with you first. Although even if your baby did go home with you first, last-minute adoption is still a viable option.

How Does the Adoption Process Go?

While the process may seem daunting at first, last-minute adoptions are mostly the same as regular adoptions. After the initial call, you’ll be paired up with an adoption specialist who’ll serve as your guide. From there, you will work with them to form an adoption plan that’ll suit your current needs.  

However, this adoption plan may be different from that of a typical one. Since the baby has already or will arrive very soon, the choices for potential counseling and aid may be different. That being said, that does not mean that you’ll have any less help than any other birth mother working with our agencies. When you’re in the hospital, financial and counseling aid may still be provided for you. This can come in the form of handling medical expenses or helping with the post-placement process. Where additional counseling and possible financial aid can be provided to the birth mother to help them recover. So that when they finish their adoption journey, they’re properly back on their feet.  

What About the Adoptive Family?

If the type of adoption you choose is open adoption, your adoption specialist will provide you with files of potential families to choose from. But, you may wonder, can the adoptive family even arrive soon enough to come to pick up the baby?  

When people want to become adoptive parents, our adoption agencies in places like NYC put them through rigorous screening. This screening process includes ensuring that they’re financially stable enough to take care of the child and ensuring that their home is a safe enough environment for your baby to go to once they are born. Additionally, all potential adoptive parents must agree to be on standby whenever a potential baby for them is available, as there’s a chance that a potential child matched for them can be ready to be taken home at any moment. And they must be ready to arrive at the hospital or similar meeting place within twelve hours of them getting the call.  

As the birth mother, the only thing you need to worry about is picking the family you think would best fit them. Once chosen, your adoption specialist will let your chosen family know the news. And they’ll rush to where you are as quickly as they can to pick up your baby.  

So What’s the Verdict on Hospital Adoptions?

While a little more rushed than usual, Adoption Choices of New York values last-minute adoptions just as much as any other adoption. Birth mothers choose adoption for all kinds of reasons. And we want to validate your choice for adoption and support you through it. At the end of the day, you’re deciding on the future for both you and your child. And for that, we hope we can make your adoption journey as best as possible, regardless of the circumstances.  

Adoption Choices of New York is available to assist with your adoption plan. Call us, text us, or email us; we are here for you!

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