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Putting a Child up for Adoption by Age

While the age of your child may influence your adoption process, it is always an option for you.

Every birth parent’s situation is different, so your reasons for choosing adoption may be unique. If you feel adoption is what’s best for you and your child, you might be wondering if there are age requirements. While adoption is always a viable option, the choices available to you may change as your child gets older.

With over 30 years of experience, we’ve helped thousands of birth parents find the perfect adoptive family for their baby, and we can do the same for you. Whether you’re choosing adoption for your baby at one month old or one year old, you’re not alone. Many birth mothers have been in your shoes and gave their baby an amazing life through adoption.

While American Adoptions specializes in infant adoption, we can provide adoption services for children up to 4 years of age. If you’re ready to begin your adoption process or have questions about placing your baby for adoption by age, contact us now, or call 1-800-ADOPTION. In the meantime, you can continue reading the comprehensive guide below.

Can You Put Your Baby Up For Adoption At 1 Month?

For 30 years, we’ve helped many expectant mothers find the perfect adoptive family for their babies. Adoption is definitely possible for you and incredibly common for babies 1 month of age or less.

By choosing adoption, you are making a brave and selfless choice to give your baby the best life possible. Adoption is not only a way to give your baby a beautiful life but allows you to return to the pursuit of your goals. 

While you may use phrases like “give your baby up” or “give up” your baby, adoption is never giving up. You are choosing to give your baby the best life imaginable and the gift of an amazing family.

The perfect family is waiting for the chance to meet you and your 1-month old, and we can help connect you with them. 

How to Make an Adoption Plan for your 1-Month-Old

Step 1: Create your adoption plan.  Your adoption plan is basically the playbook of your adoption. You will always be in charge of how you want your adoption process to go, and you get to make your own decisions. Your adoption specialist will be by your side to guide you and answer questions you may have. To get started, contact us online or call 1-800-ADOPTION.

Step 2: Choose an Adoptive Family. Part of your adoption plan includes choosing the adoptive family. You’ll tell your specialist your preferences and they will send you adoptive family profiles that match what you’re looking for.  If you’re wondering “Can you put your baby up for adoption at 1 month?” — don’t worry. There are plenty of couples hoping to grow their family. Your adoption specialist will help find the right one for you. 

Step 3: Get to Know the Family. Once you’ve found the perfect family, you have the option to get to know them. Your adoption specialist will arrange a conference call to introduce you to each other. This will be a good time to ask any questions you have. After this, you can stay in contact with them throughout your pregnancy through texts, calls, emails and in-person visits.

Step 4: Complete the Adoption. With your adoption specialist and adoption attorney, you’ll then complete your adoption paperwork. In Ohio, you must wait 72 hours before signing paperwork consenting to the adoption. Both your specialist and an attorney will be able to clarify any legal questions you have about your rights in the adoption.  

How to Put My 2 Month Old Baby Up For Adoption

If two months after bring your baby home from the hospital you starting having second thoughts, you might wonder what your options are. Maybe you don’t have the support you thought you did, or maybe it's more than you thought you could handle. This could lead to you ask, “Can I bring my baby to an adoption center at 2 months in Ohio?” 

There is a lot to think about while you’re wondering, “How do I put my 2-month-old up for adoption?”  We want to assure you that adoption is always an option, even for a two-month-old. If you’re on the fence about choosing adoption, you can contact one of our adoption specialists and they can help you weigh your options. If you know adoption is what’s right for you and your baby, we can help you create an adoption plan for you 2-month old.

Can You Give Your Kids Up For Adoption at 3 Months Old in Ohio?

With the amount of thought that goes into adoption, it’s understandable that you might not realize this is what you want until after a few months of parenting your child. If you’re asking, “Can you put a child up for adoption after a few months?” The answer to this question is always yes. After 30 years of working with expectant mothers in a variety of situations, we’ve helped many of them place their 3-month old for adoption, and we can do the same for you.

Common phrases like “giving a baby up for adoption” may make it seem like adoption is a decision that you’ve come to overnight. We know this isn’t the case. Adoption is never giving up. It’s giving your child a life full of opportunities that they may not have had otherwise.

Parenthood is a lot of responsibility and emotional labor. Realizing that being a parent isn’t right for you isn’t uncommon. These feelings are totally valid. In fact, having the awareness to make this decision shows how much you care for your child. You want what’s best for them.

Women choose adoption at every stage of their pregnancy, and even after giving birth, in order to provide the best life for their child. We want to help you find the perfect home for your child with a family that can provide the environment you want your baby to have. 

So, even at 3 months old, adoption will always be a brave, selfless and loving choice for you and your child. 

Can You Put A Child Up For Adoption After Four Months in Ohio?

If you’re asking, “Can I place my 4-month-old up for adoption?” the answer is always yes.

If it’s been fourth months and you’ve realized that parenting isn’t right for you, or that you aren’t able to give your child the life you’d hoped, adoption might be the best choice you ever make. It’s never too late to choose adoption for your baby. In fact, many birth mothers we work with don’t make the decision to place their child for adoption until after they’re already home.

Just as if you’d started the adoption process before your child was born, our adoption specialists will be able to help you create an adoption plan and find the perfect family to raise your child. You’ll even have access to the benefits we offer birth parents such as:

  • 24/7 counseling to help you cope with the difficult emotions you may be experiencing.

  • Free legal assistance. We will help you get in touch with an adoption attorney who will make sure that your rights are protected as you go through the adoption process. Our financial assistance will cover all legal fees.

  • Post-placement contact opportunities. Through open adoption, you’ll be able to stay in touch with your child and their adoptive family through texts, calls, photos, emails and in-person visits.

Putting a 5-Month-Old Up For Adoption in Ohio

While parenthood is beautiful, it comes with a lot of responsibility and stress. If you don’t have the support system you thought you did, it could be even more difficult.  If you’re wondering what your options are, just know that putting your 5-month-old up for adoption is still possible.  Even if you’ve realized that parenting isn’t for you, “giving your baby up” for adoption at 5 months isn’t giving up.  You know what’s best for your child and by choosing adoption, you’re giving them a chance at a wonderful life.

Our adoption specialists have helped many birth mothers in your situation, and they can do the same for you.  Many of our staff are birth parents and adoptive parents themselves, which means we can offer you a unique perspective and support services to help you have a positive adoption experience.

However, when placing a 5-month-old for adoption, you might find yourself already attached to your baby. Your baby may have even begun to recognize your voice and adjust to you as their primary caregiver. While this might make the adoption more difficult, adoption is a brave and selfless choice.

If you’re having concerns like these, it’s important to communicate with one of our adoption specialists and get important information about the process of adoption.  

Giving Up Baby For Adoption At 6 Months in Ohio

There are many reasons why you might start looking into adoption for your 6-month-old. 

You might be noticing that parenting is more challenging than you initially thought. If you’re a single mother, you might be overwhelmed with the responsibility and emotional labor that goes into raising a child. Or, maybe you’ve realized that you are not financially equipped to support a child long-term. Whatever your reasoning is, adoption is still an option for you.

We know how much thought and research goes into determining if adoption is right for you. It’s understandable that it might take six months to realize that adoption is what’s best for you and your baby. In fact, pop-up adoptions like these are more common than you’d think. Our specialists have helped many birth mothers find amazing families for their 6-month-olds.  American Adoptions would be more than happy to help you begin your adoption journey whenever you’re ready.

Can I Still Give My Baby Up For Adoption At 7 Months?

If you’re wondering, “Can I still give my baby up for adoption at 7 months?” you’re not the first birth mother to ask this question. And the answer is always yes. Last-minute adoptions are fairly common and we’ve helped many birth mothers in your situation and we can help you too.

There’s a lot that goes into creating an adoption plan. Our adoption specialists can help you get started and will be with you every step of the way.  We’ll make sure that you find the perfect family to raise your child.” 

As rewarding as parenting can be, it’s not without its challenges. You might be wondering if it’s too late to “give your baby up” for adoption at 7 months. The answer is always no, it’s never too late. Maybe you don’t have the support system you’d hoped for or the financial resources to raise your child to the best of your ability. No matter what, adoption is never giving up. It couldn’t be further from it. You’re giving your child the gift of a loving family and a life of opportunity.

Giving Up Baby For Adoption At 8 Months in Ohio

If you contact our adoption specialists wanting to place your 8-month-old for adoption, we will be more than happy to help. Adoption is still an option for you, even if you’ve been parenting your child for 8 months. No matter when you choose adoption, it’s always a brave and selfless choice. It’s a decision that comes from a place of love and wanting the best for your child.

While the adoption process will look pretty much the same as it normally would, you may be required to present more information such as:

  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate 

  • The father’s name on your child’s birth certificate 

  • Medical records for your child 

  • Documentation of where the child has lived from birth to present 

  • Records of who has had custody or care of the child from birth to present 

  • Documentation of who has provided financial and emotional support for this child from birth to present 

Your adoption experience is important to us and helping you find the perfect adoptive family for your child while also creating a more hopeful future for you and the couple you choose is what we strive to achieve.  

Adoption for 9-Month-Olds in Ohio

Parenting comes with many twists and turns. You may have realized that you’re not ready to be a parent. If you’re wondering if adoption is still possible, the answer is a resounding yes. No matter what brought you to this conclusion, adoption is a heroic decision.  Adoption isn’t “giving your child up” for adoption or “giving them away.” You’re giving them the best gift of all — life. 

At nine months, you’ve likely grown attached to your child. If you’re worried about being separated from your child, you will have the opportunity to choose open adoption. Open adoption will allow you to stay in contact with your child and their adoptive family.

With 30 years of adoption experience, we are prepared to ensure that you have a safe and smooth adoption process. We will do everything in our power to give you control of your future and find the perfect adoptive family for your baby. We know how hard this decision is, and we respect your decision. You are the hero in your child’s story.

Adoption for 10-Month-Olds in Ohio

Although there are slight differences, the bottom line is adoption for a 10-month-old is a choice available to you. The adoption process for a 10-month-old involves several steps, and it is only possible with the help of the right adoption agency.

Although the adoption process for a 10-month-old might vary slightly, it is still a valid option for you. American Adoptions has helped many women in your situation and is more than capable of doing the same for you. Even if you’re choosing adoption after parenting for 10 months, you will still have access to our support and services such as 24/7 counseling, free legal support, control over your adoption plan, etc.

You’re giving your child a future full of opportunity and love and a hopeful adoptive family the chance to grow their family.  It’s never too late to do what’s best for you and your child.

Adoption for 11-Month-Olds in Ohio

If parenting is no longer a viable option for you, you might be wondering, “Can I put my 11-month-old up for adoption?”  Of course, you can. No matter how old your baby is, adoption is always an option for you. 

We cannot stress enough that even though you might hear the phrase “give your baby up” for adoption, adoption is never giving up. Adoption comes from a place of love and wanting the best for your baby. You want them to have a safe and stable home environment and access to many opportunities. That’s not giving up. That’s giving your child the gift of an amazing life. American Adoptions would be more than happy to help you begin creating an adoption plan that will help you find the perfect family for your baby.

Putting a 1 Year Old Up For Adoption in Ohio

Putting your 1-year-old up for adoption is definitely an option for you. The process is similar to that of placing an unborn child for adoption, but with minor differences.  After a year you and your baby have grown attached to each other which can make this decision more difficult. If you know that this is what’s best for your baby, don’t let this discourage you.

Our founder, Scott Mars, is an adoptee himself:      

“My mom and dad were a couple who weren’t able to become a mom and dad without adoption. Of all people in this world, my mom and dad deserve to be parents. And without adoption, they would not have been able to share their love, share their life, and give someone the life that I had.       

With many of our staff members having gone through the adoption process themselves as birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees, we understand what you’re going through. This firsthand experience allows us to see things from your perspective and offer you ethical and informed support.

Putting 2 Year Old Up Adoption in Ohio

In some situations, you can place a 2-year-old for adoption. This is less common in domestic adoption situations than newborn adoptions, but it is still possible. American Adoptions primarily handles the placement of infants, but our agency has worked with some women who want to put their 2-year-old up for adoption. 

As a full-service, fully licensed national adoption agency, American Adoptions works with hundreds of women each year who are considering adoption for their children. While most of these women are thinking about adoption for their newborns, we do also work with women who want to put their 2-year-old up for adoption on a case‐by‐case basis. 

Putting a 3-Year-Old Up For Adoption in Ohio

It’s never too late to choose adoption. This may come as a surprise to many, but, even though it is less common, it is still possible to place a child for adoption at 3 years old. While American Adoptions primarily places newborns and young infants, our agency has worked with some mothers and children in this age range. 

Adoption for a 3-year-old could be the best possible path for you and your child, and the process comes with some slight differences that one of our experienced adoption professionals can help guide you through. 

Can You Put a 4-Year-Old Up For Adoption in Ohio?

 While it’s not impossible, putting a 4-year old up for adoption can be challenging. Many adoption agencies specialize in infant adoption and will not be able to help you because they are not equipped for this kind of adoption. American Adoptions falls into this category. We are a domestic infant adoption agency and will work with toddlers up to 4 years of age depending on the circumstances.

If you’re not getting the results you’d hoped for, you can reach out to your state department of child protective services. With that being said, it must be understood that you typically cannot voluntarily place a child into the foster care system. Rather, your local social service workers will be able to help you figure out a plan that meets both your needs and your child’s needs.

Getting Started

No matter the age of your child, adoption is always an option for you. It’s never too late to choose to give your child a life full of love and opportunity with an amazing family. If you have more questions about how your child’s age might affect the adoption process, contact us online today or call 1-800-ADOPTION.

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