Choosing to place your child for adoption may not be a decision you can make quickly. Sometimes, it may take months for you to come to this decision — but, if you’re already far along in your pregnancy or have already given birth, you may wonder whether a last-minute adoption in Arizona is even possible.

If you’re asking, “Is it too late to give a baby up for adoption?” know that adoption may still be an option for you — and that choosing adoption late in your pregnancy or even after your baby’s birth is anything but “giving up.”

Attorney Heather Strickland can help, whether you choose adoption early on in your pregnancy, in the middle of your pregnancy or after you’ve given birth to your baby. We know that adoption is not an easy decision to make, which is why we can discuss your unplanned pregnancy options with you at any point in your pregnancy, and you’re never obligated to choose adoption until you know it’s the right decision for you.

If you’re interested in a last-minute adoption, MyersStrickland will provide you the same services as any other prospective birth mother, even if you’re considering putting your baby up for adoption after birth. You can contact us whenever you have questions about your unplanned pregnancy options and adoption, even if you’re at the end of your pregnancy or have already given birth. Please call us any time at 520-327-6041.

While we recognize that each adoption situation is different, here’s what your process may look like when you choose a late adoption.

If You’re Late in Your Pregnancy

Many of the prospective birth mothers who contact us do so late in their pregnancy for many reasons. Perhaps they had originally planned on parenting and their circumstances changed, or perhaps they just couldn’t decide what was right until they fully evaluated each of their unplanned pregnancy options. With only a little time left in their pregnancy, they may wonder, “Is it too late to give my baby up for adoption?”

Even if you’re only a week away from your due date, you can still learn more about adoption and, when you’re ready, create an adoption plan that works for you. Know that choosing adoption late in your pregnancy does not mean that you are “giving up” on yourself or your baby; instead, it means that you are making a selfless, loving and well thought-out decision.

Like we would with any prospective birth mother who approaches us early in her pregnancy, we will sit down with you and discuss in detail your personal situation and which unplanned pregnancy option might be best for you. If this ends up being adoption, we can help you determine your adoption preferences, including what you want in an adoptive family, whether you want an open or closed adoption and more. If you want, you will likely have the chance to meet or talk with the adoptive family before you make your final decision about adoption.

Your adoption process may be completed more quickly depending on your timeline, but that won’t stop us from providing you the same level of services that any other prospective birth mother would get. There is no deadline for deciding if adoption is the right choice for you and your child, so if you have questions about whether adoption is right for you, please contact us today. Remember, choosing adoption is not “giving” your baby up; it’s choosing to give them an opportunity at life that you might not be able to provide.

If You’ve Just Given Birth

It’s not uncommon for a woman to give birth to her child, decide that she’s not ready to be a parent, and wonder how to place her baby for adoption in the hospital. If you’re in this situation, we can help.

When you contact us, we will come visit you in the hospital to talk about whether adoption is right for you — and, if it is, we’ll start making your last-minute adoption plan. This will give you the chance to find an adoptive family that fits your preferences, create a post-placement contact agreement and receive many of the same services that other prospective birth mothers do.

Because our law firm does not match prospective birth mothers to our own adoptive families, we may recommend we work with an adoption agency to complete your adoption as quickly as possible. Many national and local adoption agencies have prospective adoptive families who are ready to visit you on a moment’s notice. Including an adoption agency in your adoption plan will usually give you a wider range of families to choose from, and their trained adoption professionals are on call to assist at a moment’s notice.  Rest assured that MyersStrickland remains involved as your independent legal counsel, guiding you through this process, even if involving an adoption agency is the best choice for accomplishing your adoption plan.

If we think an adoption agency is the right choice for you, we will refer to you agencies that we trust and recommend. But, before you contact an adoption agency about putting a baby up for adoption after birth, MyersStrickland can provide personal attention at the hospital to help you better understand what your adoption options look like if you decide that’s what’s best for you.  And we will remain involved as your independent legal counsel throughout the process.  If you decide that parenting is what’s best, we can also provide you resources to help you be the best parent possible.

If You’ve Returned Home from the Hospital

Sometimes a woman with a newborn baby decides that parenting is not the right choice for her. If you’ve attempted to raise your child and know it’s not the best option, you have nothing to be ashamed of. It takes a brave mother to decide adoption is best for her child, even if it wasn’t her original plan.

Putting a baby up for adoption after birth — even after weeks or months — can still be an option for you. Arizona does not have a maximum age for adoption after birth, and there are prospective adoptive families who are ready to adopt your child even if it’s been weeks or months since he or she was born. Attorney Heather Strickland will help you find the right family for you and your child. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you’re considering adoption after you’ve given birth, as we can tell you what you need to know about the adoption process to make the best choice for you — whether that ends up being adoption or continuing to parent your child.

If You’re Still Unsure if Adoption is Right for You

Deciding on adoption can take time — but we’re here to provide answers to all the questions you have, from “When can I start putting my baby up for adoption?” to “Can I give my baby up for adoption at the hospital?” to “How will the last-minute adoption process work?”

Because each adoption situation is unique, you can contact us to find out what your options are no matter where you are in your pregnancy. Talking with us doesn’t obligate you in any way to choose adoption; we are here to offer you the facts and unbiased advice to make sure you choose the unplanned pregnancy option that is the best for you.

To begin your last-minute adoption in Arizona or talk with us about your options today, please call us at 520-327-6041 or contact us online.