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Can I Place my Baby for Adoption in my 20s, 30s or 40s?

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy at a point in your life where parenting isn’t an option, you can choose adoption no matter how young or old you are.

Whether you’re a teenager, young adult or middle-aged parent, adoption is always an option for you if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy. Adoption can be the best choice you ever make for your baby and for yourself. It opens the door for your child to have a life full of love and opportunities and for you to get back to the life you had planned for yourself.

No matter where you’re at in your life, American Adoptions is more than willing to provide you with the support and resources you need as you review your unplanned pregnancy options.  We can help you get started with your adoption journey and find the perfect adoptive family for your baby.

With over 30 years of adoption experience, we are equipped with the emotional sensitivity and firsthand knowledge to help you create an adoption plan that meets your need. To get more information, contact us online now or call 1-800-ADOPTION.

Can I Put my Baby up for Adoption in my 20s in Missouri? [Your Unplanned Pregnancy Options]

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in your 20s, you have three primary options:

  • Adoption

  • Parenting

  • Abortion

Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of each.

1. Adoption

If you’re considering placing your baby for adoption because you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in your 20s, this is of course an option for you. Becoming a parent may not be in your plans just yet, or at all. You might still be in college or working your way to the career of your dreams. Or, maybe you’re not financially able to provide for a child. Whatever your reason is for not wanting to parent at this point in your 20s, you can always choose adoption.

Adoption is a brave and selfless decision that comes from a place of compassion. You’re giving your child the gift of a great life with wonderful adoptive parents, and helping a hopeful adoptive couple have the family of their dreams. We can help make this possible. American Adoptions has many resources available to you to help you throughout your adoption journey. 

Many of our adoption specialists have been in your shoes before as an expectant birth parent pursuing adoption. We’re able to see things from your perspective and give you the informed and empathetic support you deserve.  Contact us today to get started.

2. Parenting

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and feel like parenting is a realistic possibility for you, you can definitely do so. Parenthood is a beautiful journey and can be a path to starting a family of your own. However, parenting isn’t always straightforward. You may need to put your own dreams and goals on hold while you raise your child so that you can provide them with the life you want for them.

While you will feel so much love for your child, you may also experience regret and thoughts of “what if” while putting your own life plans aside. Another thing to take into consideration is the cost of raising a child. Even if you’re sure you’re ready to raise a child emotionally, your financial situation may not agree. While raising your child you can expect to spend as much as $1,000 to $2,000 a month. If this is something you are able to manage, then parenting may be an option for you.

3. Abortion

Abortion is another one of your unplanned pregnancy options. Depending on where you’re at in your pregnancy and your state’s abortion laws, this is an option for you.

You will undergo a $500-$2,000 (depending on how far along you are) medical procedure to have your pregnancy terminated. Abortion can be an immediate solution that has no long-term physical effects. However, you may experience judgment and disparaging remarks from those who do not agree with your decision. While this can be difficult, remember that this is your decision. Only you know what’s best for you.

Some women who have chosen abortion experience feelings of guilt or loss following an abortion, even if they know they made the right decision. If you’re prepared to heal from these complicated emotions, then this could still be a great option for you. Almost 90% of women who choose abortion do not regret their decision.

No matter which option you choose, the choice is always yours. If you’re still not sure what to do or want more information on your unplanned pregnancy options, we can help. You can call our 24/7 unplanned pregnancy hotline to get guidance on all your unexpected pregnancy options.  To get more information about adoption, you can contact us online today.

How do I Place my Baby for Adoption in Missouri in my 30s?

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in your 30s this might not align with your career goals, or maybe you already have children and aren’t prepared to raise another. Whatever your situation may be, American Adoptions can help. No matter what your age or circumstances are, you can always choose adoption. There is no right or wrong time.

No matter how old or young you are, an unplanned pregnancy can feel like a roadblock in the path you had planned for your life, but it doesn’t have to be. With American Adoptions, it is just a bump in the road.  If you’re in your 30s and considering adoption in Missouri, we can help you find the perfect family for your baby. 

No matter how old you are, the adoption process will always look the same when you work with American Adoptions. With over 30 years of experience, we are more than equipped with the emotional awareness and expertise to help you on your adoption journey.

Step 1. Create an Adoption Plan

You will be in the driver’s seat when it comes to creating your adoption plan.  It’s your pregnancy, so it’s only natural that you should decide what you want your adoption experience to look like. While you will always be in charge, you won’t have to do everything alone. Your adoption specialist will put everything in motion for you, and will always be available to answer your questions.

Step 2. Find the Perfect Family in Missouri

Thanks to our national size and scope, American Adoptions can help you find the perfect family for your baby. Since you get to craft your own adoption plan, you get to choose the adoptive family who will raise your child. From where you want your child to grow up to whether or not your child will have siblings is just among the few qualities you get to choose when it comes to finding the right family for your baby.

Your adoption specialist will find adoptive family profiles that match what you’re looking for and present them to you to look through. You can take as much time as you need to choose the family for your baby.

Step 3. Make a Hospital Plan

Part of your adoption plan is your hospital plan. Your hospital plan lays the groundwork for your hospital stay so that you can be prepared when the big day arrives. This plan will include things such as:

  • Which hospital you will be staying at

  • Who will be in the delivery room with you

  • Who you want to hold your baby

  • And more

The state of Missouri requires that you wait 48 hours after your baby is born before you can sign the paperwork relinquishing your parental rights. This time gives you the opportunity to reflect and process the adoption, as well as spend time with your baby if you want to.

Many of our staff members have gone through their own hospital stay as birth parents and understand the importance of having a hospital plan that you feel confident in.  Your adoption specialist will take care of everything on your behalf so that you can focus on the birth of your baby.

Step 4.  Stay in Touch with Your Child and their Adoptive Family

Adoption doesn’t mean your relationship with your child has to end. When you choose adoption in Missouri, you can stay in your baby’s life through open adoption.  This contact can look like texts, calls, emails, in-person visits, etc. You will be able to sit down with the adoptive family to decide on a post-placement contact arrangement.

Many of the birth parents we work with find peace in knowing that they will be able to play a role in their baby’s life, even if it’s from a distance. Angelica is one of these birth parents.

“They would never want to keep her from me because they just said I gave them the most precious gift they could ever have,” Angelica said. “I know that she’s going to have the best life she could ever have. I don’t ever want anything to stand in her way, and I know she has two people that she can look up to.”

Can I “Give my Baby up” for Adoption in my 40s in Missouri?

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in your 40s, you might be wondering if you can still choose adoption. Whether you’ve raised the children you already have or are looking forward to retiring, adoption is always an option for you. There is no age limit when it comes to giving your baby the best life possible.

People often think of unplanned pregnancies happening to women in their 20s and that pregnancies past this age are typically planned. This is not always the case. There are many women in their 40s who experience unplanned pregnancies.

Thanks to the size and national scope of our agency, we will be able to assist you in finding an amazing family for your baby. If you’re “giving your baby up” for adoption in your 40s, American Adoptions will never turn you away. Contact us today to get more information on placing a baby for adoption in your 40s.

Why Choosing Adoption in your 40s Might be the Best Choice

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in your 40s, you might feel like parenting is your only option. This is definitely not the case. You always have three unexpected pregnancy options:

  • Adoption

  • Parenting

  • Abortion

When you work with American Adoptions, our adoption specialists will work with you to discuss all your options with you, not just adoption. However, if you are interested in adoption, our adoption staff is comprised of birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees with personal adoption experience. This experience allows us to give you the support and guidance you deserve.

We understand where you’re coming from emotionally and want to do everything possible to create an adoption plan that fits your needs and gives you the best possible experience. Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll receive when working with American Adoptions:

  • Financial Assistance. As an expectant mother, placing your baby for adoption will come at no cost to you. Adoption is always free for birth parents. Depending on your circumstances, our adoption specialists can help you get the financial assistance you need to cover your pregnancy costs and living expenses.

  • 24/7 Counseling. Even if you know that adoption is what’s best for you and your baby, it can come with some difficult emotions. We’re here for you. Our adoption specialists will be there to listen and help you cope with these feelings around the clock.

  • An adoption specialist to help guide you through each step of the adoption process, including creating an adoption plan tailored to your needs. 

  • The chance to build a life-long relationship with the adoptive family and your child through open adoption. 

Why You Might Choose Adoption in Your 40s

There might be a variety of reasons why you’re considering adoption for your baby in your 40s. No matter what your reasons are, adoption is always an option for you. American Adoptions can help you find the perfect family for your baby regardless of your age.

Here are a few of the reasons why you might place your baby for adoption in your 40s:

You Already Have Children

Many women who choose adoption do so because they already have children and are not prepared to raise another child.  If you’re unexpectedly pregnant in your 40s, you might not have enough time or resources to add another member to your family.

By choosing adoption for your baby, you can give all your children a wonderful life. You’ll be able to focus on the children you are already raising while giving your baby the best life possible with a loving adoptive family. An unwanted pregnancy at 40 doesn’t mean you have to default to parenting.

You Don’t Want to Have Children

Maybe you have just never wanted to be a mother. If you don’t have kids and don’t plan to, you are valid in this choice. You are never obligated to become a parent if that’s not what you want. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and don’t want kids, you have two options: abortion and adoption.

Regardless of which option you choose, make sure it’s in the best interest of you and your baby. Our adoption specialists are available to talk you through both of your options if you need more information or aren’t sure how to move forward.

You Don’t Want a Child at this Time

Maybe you’re experiencing an accidental pregnancy in your 40s and are at a point in your life where you don’t want to raise a child. It’s okay to feel like you’re past the point in your life where you’d want to raise a child. You might not have the time or energy to dedicate to staying up with a baby all night and keep up with their energy. Or, maybe you have plans to retire and want to enjoy your older years without the responsibility of parenthood.

If you relate to any of these situations, you can definitely choose adoption in your 40s, and we can help.

Getting Started

No matter your age or where you’re at in your life, you have options. And adoption is always one of them. There is no right or wrong time to place your child for adoption.  Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s American Adoptions would be thrilled to help you start your adoption journey today.

To get more information on all of your unplanned pregnancy options, contact us online today or call 1-800-ADOPTION.

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