Are There Requirements to Place a Baby for Adoption?

If you’re wondering “Can I give my baby up for adoption in my circumstances?” The answer is a resounding yes. You can always choose adoption no matter what your situation looks like. 

Whether you are:  

  • Worried about being too old or young to choose adoptionStruggling with substance abuse 
  • Already have children 
  • Or any other situation, adoption is always an option.  

There are no requirements that will prevent you from making the brave and selfless choice to give your child an amazing life. There is a hopeful adoptive family out there who is eager to give your baby the best life possible. 

If you still have questions about qualifications to put a child up for adoption, you can reach out to an adoption professional today to get the guidance you need. 

Adoption in Difficult Circumstances 

There will never be a situation that will prevent you from placing your child for adoption. There are many hopeful adoptive families out there who have been longing to have a child. When you work with the right adoption professional, they can help you create an adoption plan tailored to your circumstances so that you can find the perfect family for your baby. 

Below, we delve deeper into potential situations many expectant mothers find themselves in that they worry will prevent them from beginning the adoption process.  

No matter what your life looks like right now, there are no rules of giving your child up for adoption. If you don’t see your situation listed below, you can reach out to an adoption professional at any time. 

Can You Put a Baby Up for Adoption If You Have Other Children? 

Absolutely. In fact, many birth parents that choose adoption already have a child or children of their own. You might not be ready to add another child to your family or you feel like your family is already complete.  

You might be able to parent but it would put a financial strain on your family, making it difficult to adequately provide for everyone. Or you don’t feel like you are emotionally ready to take on the responsibility of parenting another child. 

“I want both of my daughters to be able to do anything they want to do, and know that they’re able to do that — to not have any fears,” Lindsey says.  “I hope that Charlotte knows how much I love her, even though I placed her for adoption.” 

Can I Give a Baby Up for Adoption if I have a History of Alcohol and Drug Abuse? 

Yes. Whether you are currently struggling with addiction or have struggled with addiction in the past, you will not have to meet any qualifications to put a child up for adoption.  

Some birth mothers pursue adoption because they don’t feel they are stable enough to raise a child and want to work towards getting overcoming their drug or alcohol addiction. 

You will be encouraged to abstain from drugs and alcohol during your pregnancy for the health of you and your baby, but there are plenty of hopeful adoptive families who would be eager to work with you to adopt your child, regardless of your drug or alcohol use. 

Does the Birth Father Need to be Involved in the Adoption? 

No. There are no legalities of giving the baby up for adoption if the birth father is not involved or if you don’t know who the birth father is.  

Whether you are married or single you can still pursue adoption. Even if he is unsupportive of your decision, adoption will always be something you can consider. However, every state has its own laws regarding birth fathers. 

“I just came to the point where I didn’t want their life to consist of their mom working really hard at two jobs just to get by, and then I’m barely home,” Casey says. “Some people are a product of their environment… I didn’t want the streets to raise them because I’m so busy trying to provide for them, and I wanted them to have a father figure.” 

Your adoption professional will be able to help you determine what your state’s laws say about the birth father and adoption and how that will or won’t affect your situation. But no matter what, adoption is always an option for you. 

Are There Age Requirements for Putting a Baby Up for Adoption? 

No, there are no age requirements for putting a child up for adoption. Whether you are a teen or in your 40s, you will always be able to choose adoption at any age.  

If you’re young and aren’t ready for the responsibility of raising a child or are older and parenting a child doesn’t align with your life goals, adoption might be the best choice for you and your baby. 

Can You Put a Baby Up for Adoption if You Have a Complicated Medical History? 

Yes. If you’re struggling with cancer, diabetes, mental illness or other medical condition, you can still choose adoption. In fact, many birth mothers who have pursued adoption have done so because they do not feel they are in good enough health to adequately care for a child and want to focus on getting the care they need.  

There are hundreds of hopeful adoptive families out there who are open to working with women from a variety of medical histories. With the help of your adoption professional, you will be able to find the perfect adoptive family for your child. 

What are the Requirements for Putting a Child Up for Adoption? 

The only requirement that you will have to meet when placing your child for adoption is being certain that this is the right choice for you and your baby. If you know adoption is in the best interest of you and your child, there are no other qualifications to put your child up for adoption.  

Your adoption professional will work with you to create an adoption plan that accommodates your specific situation. This adoption plan will help you find the perfect adoptive family for your child. 

Adoption is a brave and selfless choice, and it will always be your choice to make. To learn more about what adoption might look like in your situation or to begin your adoption journey, get connected with an adoption specialist today. 

About the Author

Lindsay Arielle has been a proud birth mother since placing her son for adoption in 2011. Her post-placement agreement has always been an open adoption. She loves the time she gets to spend with her son and his parents during visits. Lindsay truly believes that for herself and her family, adoption has been a blessing, and she enjoys writing about spiritual healing for birth mothers.

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