How to Place Your Baby for Adoption in New York
Once you decide that you want to give your child up for adoption, you may feel a bit overwhelmed and have no idea where to even start. At Adoption Choices of New York, we are here to guide you on your journey and make this process as smooth as possible. We can help break the process of how to place your baby for adoption in New York into manageable steps and make sure that you stay on track.
- Connect with an Adoption Specialist
We have several qualified adoption specialists and counseling services who will help you throughout your adoption journey. They work around your schedule and will be there as a support system and can answer questions you have such as:
- What kind of financial assistance can I receive during the adoption process?
- How do I emotionally prepare myself to give my child to their adoptive family?
- How do I negotiate what kind of relationship I will have with my adoptive family in the future?
- How do I make sure I am taking care of myself?
Overall, we are here to make your adoption journey easier and more manageable for you. Not only will your adoption specialist be there for you before and during the adoption process, but you will also have counseling services available to you for as long as you need them after the adoption.
- Choose the Kind of Adoption that Works Best for You
There are a few different adoption types you can choose from when you put your child up for adoption. You can choose from open, semi-open, and closed adoption, depending on the kind of privacy and involvement you want to have with your adoptive family. Open adoption, which is the most common choice, gives you the most control and open communication with your adoptive family.
However, we understand that there may be some circumstances where you require privacy for your own personal reasons, and that is perfectly valid. We want to make this the best experience possible for you, and choosing what you want your adoption to look like is ultimately up to you.
- Pick Your Adoptive Family
If you decide you want to do an open adoption, you will have full control over who your adoptive family will be. We will work with you to figure out exactly what you’re looking for and to help you find the family that you think will be perfect. We have compiled a list of waiting families that you can search through on your own time, so you can start to figure out what kind of family suits you best. However, we do not have all of the families we work with listed for privacy reasons, so feel free to reach out if you feel like none of these families are the best match.
When you choose your adoptive family, you will then be able to communicate with them with our support to help figure out what your plan for the future will look like. You can make decisions with them about important issues, such as how often you will see your adoptive family and how much contact you will maintain after the adoption. We are here to serve as mediators during this process, and we will help you make a plan that works best for you.
- Make a Birth Plan
There are several choices you can make about a birth plan that works the best for you. You can decide in advance what kind of pain relief you want during the birth, who you want to be with you in the room, even what you want the lighting to be like. Your adoption caseworker can help you plan your hospital stay and you can communicate with your adoptive family to decide if you want to spend time with them at the hospital and, if so, how long.
Ultimately, the purpose of your birth plan is to make you as comfortable as possible, and we are here to help you with your decisions.
- Finalize Your Adoption
The last step of the adoption process is finalizing it legally. In New York after you give birth, you will have 48 hours to sign documentation to relinquish your parental rights. This will allow the adoptive family to become the child’s legal parents and finalize the adoption in court. We will answer any questions you have about this document and what it will mean for the future.
How to Place Your Baby for Adoption in New York
We know adoption can be a confusing and intimidating process, and that is why we are here to help pregnant women throughout their journey as much as possible. Our support does not end once the adoption is finalized. You will still have access to our counseling services to help process any emotions you may have after the adoption is over. We also have a blog dedicated to birth mothers that tackles some topics that may come up after the adoption has been legalized.
Just know that we are here for you throughout your entire adoption process and we hope this answered some of your questions about how to place your baby for adoption in New York.
About the Author: Alexandra Georgiton is a fourth-year student at the University of Cincinnati studying Rhetoric and Professional Writing, and is receiving certification in Copyediting and Publishing. She has been passionate about the English language for her entire life, and reading and writing have always been her favorite hobbies. She enjoys professional writing and editing because she loves to use her talent and love of writing to make a difference in the world.