You can start the adoption process at any time. Whether you just found out you are pregnant, your due date is getting close, or you’ve already delivered, Lifetime Adoption is here to help! Call or text 1-800-923-6784 at any time to learn more.
There is no deadline for when you need to decide on adoption. For example, you may be late into your pregnancy, or you’ve already given birth. So, you might be wondering, “Is it too late to give my baby up for adoption?”
No, it is never too late to choose adoption. If you are looking to create a better future for yourself and your child, Lifetime Adoption can help. Choosing adoption could be the best thing you ever do, no matter when you make this decision.
Here are some answers to common questions women ask when they’re thinking about adoption early in their pregnancy, late in their pregnancy, and after giving birth:
“I’m not that far along in my pregnancy – when can I choose adoption?”
If you’ve just learned that you’re pregnant or aren’t that far along, know that you can start the adoption process now. Most women aren’t 100% sure adoption is right for their current situation when they call Lifetime. You don’t have to be committed to adoption before you contact us.
Contacting Lifetime early in your pregnancy gives you more time to learn about adoption, get emotional and financial support, and search for the best adoptive parents for your baby. Contacting us doesn’t force you to choose adoption: you have the right to change your mind at any time until the legal paperwork has gone through.
“My due date is coming up quickly! – when is it too late to find adoptive parents for my baby?”
Choosing adoption isn’t an easy decision to arrive at, so it’s common for a woman to wait to contact Lifetime until the final weeks or days of their pregnancy. We have women call us from the hospital in the beginning stages of labor more often than you’d think! If your due date is near, you might wonder, “Is it too late to give my baby up for adoption?”
It’s never too late to choose adoption. Lifetime can help you begin the adoption quickly if that’s what you’d like. Then, within a matter of hours, we can have the adoptive parents you select to travel to the hospital while you deliver.
No matter how far along you are, you’ll have the chance to review and get to know a pre-screened adoptive couple. They’re ready and excited to commit to you and your baby. In many cases, the adoptive parents can cover your medical, counseling, and living costs.
“My family promised to help me with my baby. A year later, they aren’t around, and I’m struggling. Is it too late to do adoption?”
You can make an adoption plan after trying to parent your baby. It’s never too late to choose adoption, and Lifetime is here for you as you think about your choices, and we can give you info and resources. All of the info you share with us about your situation is kept totally confidential.
Some women know they need to make an adoption plan when they are pregnant. After trying it out, others will realize adoption is the best option a few months down the road. And that’s ok.
We want to help you learn about your options with no judgment. Considering adoption does not mean you are a bad mom – in fact, it shows that you are a wonderful mother for exploring what is best for your baby.
Emily N. placed her 6-month-old baby, Layla, after a rough few months as a new mom. “My friends threw me the coolest baby shower, and I had so many cute clothes and stuff for her. But then they went home and kept going on with their lives. And my mom went home. And my boyfriend left. And I was trying to figure out how to pay the bills, work a little, and juggle a new baby. It was like I sat up in bed one night and said ‘This is not my life!’ I knew Layla deserved more than this life.”
We helped Emily find a couple to adopt Layla, who have embraced Emily as an important part of their lives. Emily keeps in touch with them frequently through text messages, and they get together for a visit every six months.
“Layla has the life I wanted her to have. And I feel like I got a second chance at my life, to do what I want to do before I settle down and build a family, hopefully with a husband,” Emily says.
Adoption Gives You Choices
You have many options in adoption: you can choose your baby’s adoptive parents and how much you’d like to stay in touch with them and your child in the future. We encourage you to interview adoptive couples before picking one to make sure they’re the right fit.
It’s never too late to choose adoption for a young child. You can work directly with us to create a plan that works best for you and your child. As we get to know more about you and your situation, we can help you create a customized adoption plan that keeps your child’s needs in mind.
Lifetime will connect you with free counseling and help create a transition plan so everything goes smoothly. If you’d like, we can also give tips on sharing your adoption decision with others.
All calls are kept private, and our friendly adoption coordinators are here to listen and help.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on August 24, 2017, and has since been updated.
Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., is a nationally-recognized adoption expert and the Founder of Lifetime Adoption Agency. She has been working in adoption since 1986 and is also an award-winning author and speaker.
Mardie knows the sorrow of coping with infertility, and is an adoptive parent who experienced many of the challenges adoptive families might face. In various media appearances worldwide, publications, and her podcast, Mardie important steps that must be taken to complete a safe and secure adoption. Having adopted her son, Mardie knows firsthand the joys of raising an adopted child.
Mardie’s life mission is to help adoptive parents and birth parents find each other. With Lifetime Adoption Agency, she seeks to build happy families and provide precious infants and children with a loving and secure future.