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What if my Baby has Special Needs?

If you are considering “giving up” a special needs baby for adoption in Missouri because you want them to be raised by a family who can meet their physical and mental needs, you are the hero in your baby’s story.

You might be wondering if there are any restrictions when it comes to putting a special needs child up for adoption. You can rest assured that the special needs of your child will never prevent you from choosing adoption. While American Adoptions has primarily facilitated the adoptions of able-bodied infants, we have also helped many birth mothers give up a disabled child in Missouri. Our adoption specialists can help you create an adoption plan that will give us the insight we need to help you find the perfect family.

If you are currently wondering about “giving up” a child with disabilities, read on to learn more about the process of putting a special needs baby for adoption or get free information here.

“Giving your Disabled Child up” for Adoption in Missouri

While you may see the phrase “giving up a child” with disabilities, it’s important to note that adoption, regardless of whether your child is disabled or not, is never giving up.  You are in no way “giving up” on your child or “giving them away” by choosing adoption. You are making a selfless and compassionate decision to place them with a family who can give them the opportunities and resources they deserve.

American Adoptions uses the term “giving up for adoption” because it is commonly used in adoption language online and many expectant mothers are searching this term. We just want to make it easier for anyone to find the resources they need. We don’t use it lightly, nor do we believe that birth moms are “giving up.” We’re simply using the tools we have to make sure as many people as possible have access to accurate adoption information. This is no different for putting a special needs child up for adoption in Missouri. 

To learn more, read on for answers to common questions about the process of putting a disabled child up for adoption.

Can you Put a Disabled Child up for Adoption in Missouri?

When we are working with the hopeful adoptive families to figure out what they would like their adoption process to look like, we ask them to complete an Adoption Planning Questionnaire (APQ) that details what kinds of adoption opportunities they are interested in and open to. We work with many hopeful adoptive parents who would be eager to give your baby a loving home with the resources he or she needs.

No matter what your situation is or what your child’s needs are, American Adoptions would be thrilled to speak with you about your options. Our adoption specialists will gather more background information about and the nature of your baby’s special needs so that we can give you the resources and services that may be beneficial for you.

We’ve helped many expectant mothers from all sorts of backgrounds find the perfect adoptive family for their child, and we can do the same for you.

One factor that is worth considering, however, is your child’s age. American Adoptions is able to work with children of varying abilities up to 4 years old. If your child is older than this, then a different service may be better equipped to provide you with the support you need.

“Giving an Autistic Child up” for Adoption in Missouri

If you’re asking “Can you ‘give up’ an autistic child for adoption?” the answer is, yes, you can.

A 2020 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 1/5 of children are autistic. Autism is typically diagnosed around the age of two, which means there’s really no way of knowing during your pregnancy if your child will be autistic. No matter how much you love your child, you might not feel mentally or financially prepared to meet your child’s needs.

American Adoptions may be able to help you find the perfect home for your child. There are many hopeful adoptive families who would be thrilled to meet you and give your child a future full of opportunities. If we are unable to help in your specific situation, then we will connect you with an organization that specializes in special needs adoption.

“Giving up” a Child for Adoption with Down Syndrome in Missouri

If you’re considering putting a child with Down syndrome up for adoption, this is definitely an option for you. Down syndrome can be detected in your first trimester of pregnancy through a chorionic villus sampling (CVS) screening. This revelation can be overwhelming. You might not know if you can afford to care for a child with Down syndrome, or might not have access to the resources your baby will need.

When you work with a private adoption agency like American Adoptions, we can help you find the perfect adoptive family for your baby. You will be able to create an adoption plan where you will be able to choose what you want in an adoptive family.  Our adoption specialists will find adoptive family profiles of families who match your preferences and who are open to adopting a child with Down syndrome. You’ll be able to review these profiles until you find the perfect match for your child.

How can you “give up” a Disabled Child for adoption in Missouri?

With American Adoptions you will have access to numerous services and resources throughout your adoption process in Missouri. With over 30 years of adoption experience, we have helped expectant mothers in all sorts of situations, and we can help you too. A few of the resources we can offer you when you choose us for adoption are:

  • Financial AssistanceAs an expectant birth mother, adoption is completely free to you. You have enough to think about without worrying about affording pregnancy expenses, which is why we offer adoption financial assistance. Our financial aid can help you with rent, utilities, groceries, medical bills, etc.

  • Counseling: You will have access to 24/7 counseling and support services, so you can receive the information and emotional support you need during and after the process of placing a disabled baby up for adoption. We know that your need to talk about your adoption plan doesn’t just happen during business hours, which is why we are always available to you.

  • Control of the Adoption Process: You can determine the type of adoption experience you want for yourself and your baby. You get to choose your child’s adoptive family, what kind of relationship you have with them, and more.

  • Post-Adoption Contact: Adoption doesn’t have to be goodbye forever. If you’re putting your baby up for adoption in Missouri, you will always be a vital part of your baby’s story, and we do recommend that you maintain contact. As long as the adoptive family agrees with your communication preferences, you can witness or take part in your child’s life as much as you wish to.

Begin your Adoption Journey Today

Putting a disabled child up for adoption in Missouri is a difficult decision to make, but it is an incredibly selfless and heroic one. You’re giving your baby the best life possible by making sure that they have the resources they need. If want to start your adoption process today, American Adoptions is here for you. To get more information on putting a special needs child up for adoption, contact us online today.

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