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Adoption 101: Five Helpful Tips For Birth Parents

Adoption 101: Five Helpful Tips For Birth Parents

A parent’s rights are among some of the most protected by law in the U.S.

A parent must consent to adoption before their child is placed with another family (with very few exceptions). If you’re a parent considering adoption for your child, there are particular things you should be aware of. If you are interested in the adoption process for your child, but still have questions, start with the common questions and answers below to make sure you know what to expect.

1. Do the birth parents choose the adoptive parents for their child?

Yes, birth parents can choose the adoptive parents of their child in a private adoption. If there is an agency assisting them with the adoption, they can ask the agency to assist them with this matter and the agency will advise the steps that they need to take.

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2. If the birth parent is under 18, do their parents (i.e. baby’s grandparents) need to sign in order for the birth parent to place their child for adoption?

A minor birth parent’s parents are not required to sign in order for the birth parent to place the child for adoption in most cases. For information specific to your situation, give us a call so we can assist you with your specific questions.

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3. Once a birth parent signs the adoption paperwork, can they change their mind?

After a birth parent consents to adoption, it can be difficult to quash. A birth parent may revoke consent to adoption only in very limited circumstances. For instance, if consent for adoption was obtained through fraud or other specifics.

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4. Can the birth parent name the baby? And will the adoptive parents keep that name?

The birth parents can name the baby and receive a copy of the original birth certificate, but the adoptive parents are not required to keep the same name. In some adoptions, the birth parents and the adoptive parents will work together to name the baby.

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5. Are the birth parents/grandparents, etc. allowed to see the baby?

The birth mother is allowed to see the baby while the baby is in the hospital, up until she signs the paperwork. Once the birth mother signs the adoption paperwork she no longer has custody of the child. The birth father, grandparents, etc. are allowed to see the baby at the birth mother’s discretion up until she signs the paperwork.

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