Understanding How to Place Your Baby for Adoption as a Homeless Pregnant Woman in New York
Adoption is stressful for any woman looking to place their child for adoption. If you add homelessness to the mix, it can feel even more unmanageable. You have no need to worry, however. Adoption is always an option for you.
You may be overwhelmed and want to understand how to place your baby for adoption as a homeless pregnant woman in New York. The process is the same as it would be for any other pregnant woman. We provide resources and advice to help your adoption journey be as smooth as possible.
Here are five steps that most pregnant women can take when working with us during their adoption journey.
How to Place Your Baby for Adoption as a Homeless Pregnant Woman in New York
- Speak with an Adoption Specialist
At Adoption Choices of New York, we have trained adoption specialists on our staff who will help you figure out if adoption is right for you. They will work around your availability and provide insight on questions like:
- Will I be able to see my child after I place them for adoption?
- How do I deal with the guilt I am feeling?
- What resources are available to me?
- How do I prepare myself for the negative emotions I might feel after adoption?
Our adoption staff is here to make sure your adoption journey is as manageable as possible. Your adoption specialist will be available to speak with you before, during, and after your adoption process, depending on your personal needs.
- Decide the Type of Adoption You Want
At Adoption Choices of New York, there are three different types of adoption available to you: open, semi-open, and closed adoption. These differ mostly by how involved or private you want your adoption to be. We know every woman is different, so we try to have some flexibility in what your adoption journey looks like. Each type has pros and cons, your adoption caseworker can help you decide which is best for you
- Choose Your Adoptive Family
If you decide to have an open adoption, you will be able to choose which adoptive family you want. You may have certain preferences about family size, religion, or lifestyle that you want to take into consideration.
We have a list of waiting families who would love to add a new addition to their family. You will be able to look through these families and find one you think will be a good fit. Not all families are listed for privacy reasons, so reach out if you cannot find a match.
- Make a Birth Plan
Your birth plan is created with your adoption specialist and encompasses all your preferences about your birth experience. Here are a few things that could be included in your adoption plan:
- Whether you want to receive pain medication
- Who you want to be present during the birth
- Lighting or music that may help you feel more comfortable
Your birth plan is in place to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. We are here to assist you with any questions you may have.
- Finalize Your Adoption
Within 48 hours after you give birth in New York, you will sign documentation that relinquishes your parental rights. This means that you’re giving final permission for the adoptive parents to become your child’s legal parents when the adoption is finalized in court. After you’ve signed away your parental rights, it is important to remember that you will not be able to change your mind. That is why it is important for you to reflect throughout your adoption journey to make sure adoption is right for you.
How You can Learn More about Adoption in NYS
Being homeless with an unexpected pregnancy can feel overwhelming. But know that you got this and we have your back.
We are here to help you throughout your adoption journey and make it as simple as possible for you. We are here to talk whenever you are ready, and we have a blog that covers more topics about adoption.
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.