Last-Minute Adoption

Sometimes, a woman will give birth and then realize that she’s unable to provide the kind of life she wants for her child. Perhaps you’ve already brought your baby home and you’ve been struggling to be a parent and juggle your other responsibilities. Maybe you’re in the hospital and you’ve decided that you’re not ready to raise this child.

There are many reasons why people ask, “Is it too late to give my baby up for adoption?” Whatever the reason you’re considering a late adoption for your child, we’re here to help.

Contact us online to learn about how to choose a last-minute adoption for your child.

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions from women who are considering a late adoption for their child:

“Can I give my baby up for adoption at the hospital in DC/MD/VA?”

Yes. However, you may need to wait a minimum amount of time, depending on state adoption consent laws. It’s important that you have some time for the many physical and emotional responses to birth to have subsided some before you fully commit to an adoption decision. We want you to be very sure about your choice, and not just pressured by the stress of being in the hospital.

You can choose an adoptive family who is ready to adopt your baby while you’re in the hospital, and we will meet with you to ensure that you fully understand the legal adoption process before you sign any consent forms.

“Can you give your baby up for adoption after birth in Virginia/Maryland/Washington, D.C.?”

Yes. You can choose to place your baby for adoption at any point after he or she has been born, as long as you’ve waited for the minimum amount of time required before signing your consent to an adoption.

You can choose adoption for your baby in the hospital or even after you’ve taken him or her home.

“Is it too late to give my baby for adoption?”

It’s never too late to choose adoption for your child if you feel that’s what’s best for her or him. No one will think any less of you if you decide on a last-minute adoption for your baby. Jennifer and Catelyn can help you find adoptive parents that you feel are right, help you decide if you want to have an open adoption relationship after the adoption, and more, so reach out to us online.

“When can you give a child up for adoption in VA/DC/MD?”

You can choose to create an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, at the hospital, or even after you’ve taken your child home and you’ve been parenting him or her.

The process can vary based on when you decide to place your child for adoption, so contact us now to learn what the next step is if you feel that this is the best decision for you and your child.

“What’s the maximum age for adoption in MD/VA/DC?”

There is no ‘putting a child up for adoption age limit,’ although different adoption professionals may not accept cases with children past a certain age if they don’t have experience with children of that age. We can refer you to the right adoption professional for your situation, if needed. The legal process of placing an older child for adoption will also be different from creating an adoption plan for an unborn child.

These processes will vary based on the state that you reside in, the age of your child and more, so please contact us now to discuss your individual situation. We’ll be able to talk with you about what options are legally available to you based on your circumstances.

Comparing a Last-Minute Adoption with Planning for an Adoption Earlier in Your Pregnancy

You may have wondered, “Can you give your child up for adoption at any age?” Yes. You don’t have to make an adoption plan for your child before they’re born. But you should first be aware of the biggest differences and similarities between deciding to place a child for adoption before they’re born and choosing adoption after pregnancy.


The Differences:

While the process of putting baby up for adoption after birth is very similar to creating an adoption plan for your baby before he or she is born, there are a few key differences, such as:

  • You’ll likely be more emotionally bonded with your child now that you’ve spent time with him/her, so your adoption decision may be more difficult.
  • The adoption process will be largely the same, but sped up.
  • There may not be as much time to get to know the adoptive family that you choose, although you can get to know them after the adoption if you choose to have an open adoption.
  • There will be less time for you to receive counseling, even though you’re dealing with an incredibly emotional decision.

Putting your baby up for adoption after birth is difficult, but Jennifer and Catelyn will be there to support you through the process if you decide that this is what’s right for you and your child.

The Similarities:

When giving a baby up for adoption after birth in D.C., Maryland or Virginia, the adoption process will be very similar to what you would experience if you had decided to place your child for adoption early in your pregnancy. If you contact us asking how to give baby up for adoption in hospital or after you’ve given birth and taken your baby home, you’ll still be able to:

  • Choose an adoptive family for your child.
  • Decide how much contact you want to have with your child and their adoptive family after the adoption.
  • And more.

Even if you decide to place your baby for adoption in the hospital, you’ll have at least two meetings with us. You’ll never sign anything committing you to the adoption in your first meeting; that way, you don’t feel rushed into your decision. In your first meeting, Jennifer or Catelyn will review the adoption process with you, explain your rights and guide you to ways to find an adoptive family, including reviewing profiles with you, so that you can find a family who you feel is right and who can come to meet you immediately. In your second meeting, you can sign your adoption consent if you decide that you’re ready to proceed with your decision to give your baby up for adoption at the hospital.

To learn more about the process of adoption late in pregnancy or an after-delivery adoption, contact us online now. Tell us about your circumstances, and we’ll talk about what’s legally available in your situation.

“I believe in working with each of my clients—in support of their family dynamic—to make the dreams of parenthood a reality. Whether you are single or married; or gay; a step-parent, a surrogate or intended parent or a child of adoption, it is my mission to serve as your advocate. With a dedication to the ethical and sensitive nature of each situation, I will help you understand the laws within Maryland or Washington, DC for adoption or surrogacy, and pledge to be your partner throughout the journey.” - Jennifer Fairfax