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Can I Place my Baby for Adoption in my 20s, 30s or 40s? [Your Options]

No matter how young or old you are, adoption could be one of the best choices you make for your child and yourself.

Whether you’re in your 20s or 40s, adoption is always an option for you if you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Maybe you’re at a point in your life where parenting is no longer ideal or you’re not in a position where you have the time or resources to raise a child.  Whatever your reason is, adoption is always a brave and heroic decision. You’re giving your child an amazing life and allowing yourself to return to the path you had planned for your life.

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 provide you with the resources and support you need to have a successful and positive adoption experience. Many of our staff members have their own personal adoption experience as birth mother and adoptive parents. We have a unique perspective to help you create an adoption plan that’s best for you. To get more information, contact us online now.

Can I Put my Baby up for Adoption in my 20s in Arkansas? [Your 3 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. 

“I knew that she would have everything I knew she deserved. She would have amazing opportunities for education, she would have a loving and devoted family and be able to travel and see this amazing world we live in. I would be able to be a part of her life in a small and distant way, which made it bearable,” said Brittnee about placing her baby for adoption.

 “Ten years later, and I am now going to school to begin my career as a Medical Practice Manager, and I honestly don’t think I would be in this place if it wasn’t for the support I received from American Adoptions.”

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. You will be able to raise your child the way you think is best and will be able to love and support them directly. You will be able to experience the joys of parenthood and the new and exciting journey it will bring.

However, there are a lot of things to take into consideration before deciding to parent. The financial strain of raising a child is why so many expect birth parents faced with an unplanned pregnancy choose adoption. 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.

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. This isn’t meant to discourage you from parenting, but to ensure that you are looking at all your options realistically. 

3. Abortion

Even though there is a lot of legal debate around abortion, it  may be an unplanned pregnancy option for you. If you’re considering abortion in Arkansas, this may be difficult. As of March 9, 2021, Arkansas governor Hutchinson signed abortion legislation banning nearly all abortions, except for those that will save the life of the mother. 

If you pursue abortion out of state, you will undergo a $500-$2,000 (depending 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.

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 Arkansas in my 30s? [We can Help]

You might be considering adoption in your 30s for a variety of reasons. Maybe you already have children and raising another one isn’t ideal in your current situation. Or maybe a child doesn’t align with the career path you’re currently on. Whatever your reason is for wanting to place your baby for adoption in Arkansas, American Adoptions can help.

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’s just a bump in the road. If you’re in your 30s and considering adoption in Arkansas, we can help you find the perfect family for your baby. 

No matter where you’re at in life, American Adoptions can help you find the perfect adoptive family for your baby. This is what the adoption process will look like for you:

Step 1: Create an Adoption Plan

If you choose to “give a baby up” for adoption in Arkansas, you will be completely in charge of the way it happens. With American Adoptions, all prospective birth mothers make their own adoption plans. During a time where you feel like you might not have a lot of control, adoption can give you the ability to make your own choices. You will work with your own adoption specialist, who will help you make sure your wants and needs for your baby’s adoptions are met. She will guide you along each remaining step of the adoption process.

Step 2: Find the Perfect Family in Arkansas

Since you are in complete control of your adoption plan, one of the decisions you get to make is the family that will raise your child. You will be able to fill out a template with the qualities you would like the prospective adoptive family to have. Your adoption specialist will find adoptive family profiles that match your preferences and present them to you to review. You can review as many profiles as you need until you find an amazing family for your child.

American Adoptions is a national adoption agency, which means we work with families from all over the country. This will enable you to find the perfect family in a shorter amount of time. When you work with us, you will find the perfect family for your baby in no time.

Step 3: Make a Hospital Plan

Part of your adoption plan is your hospital plan. Your hospital plan is a blueprint for your hospital stay on the day of the delivery.  This plan will include things such as:

  • Which hospital your baby will be born at

  • Who will be in the delivery room with you

  • Who will hold the baby first

  • Whether or not you will nurse your baby

  • And more

In Arkansas, you cannot sign your adoption paperwork until 48 hours after the baby is born. It’s a lot to consider, but your adoption specialist will go over every detail of your stay to make it as comfortable as possible for you.

Your adoption specialist at American Adoptions will be able to provide personal support and guidance in a way that many other social workers cannot because our staff is comprised of adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents. The hospital stay is one of the most emotional parts of putting an infant up for adoption in Arkansas, and we personally understand what that is like because we have been there ourselves. Don’t be afraid to lean on your adoption specialist for the support you need during this time.

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

Adoption doesn’t have to be goodbye forever. If you’re putting your baby up for adoption in Arkansas, 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.

“They became my family. Knowing that I can be around and be there — I don’t even know how to put it into words… I’m like a cheerleader on the sideline, and that’s more than I could have asked for,” Lindsey said of her open adoption relationship. “He gets this family who can take care of him and do everything I couldn’t, but he can also know that I didn’t just give him away. I had a purpose for him, and it was meant to be.”

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

Adoption is always an option for you, even in your 40s. Unplanned pregnancies are just that — unplanned. They can happen at any point in your life. Maybe you’re choosing adoption because you already have children or you’re looking forward to retiring. No matter why you’re choosing to “give your baby up” for adoption in Arkansas, American Adoptions can help you give your baby the best life possible.

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 is more than happy and able to help. Contact us today to get more information on placing a baby for adoption in your 40s.

Reasons for Choosing Adoption in your 40s

Parenting isn’t your only option if you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in your 40s, and there are several reasons why adoption may be a better unplanned pregnancy option for you::

  • You already have children

  • You’ve never intended to be a parent

  • You don’t want children at this point in your life

All of these reasons for choosing to place your baby for adoption in your 40s are valid. 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 a prospective birth mother, placing your baby for adoption will always be free 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. Adoption can come with some complex emotions. Just know that you’re never alone in your adoption process.  Our adoption specialists will be there to listen and help you cope with these feelings at all hours.

  • An adoption specialist to help guide you through each step of the adoption process, including creating an adoption plan that’s right for you. 

  • The chance to build a life-long relationship with the adoptive family and your child through open adoption. Adoption doesn’t have to be goodbye forever.  Open adoption will allow you to stay in touch with your child and their adoptive family through texts, phone calls, emails and in-person visits.

Getting Started

There might be a variety of reasons why you’re considering adoption for your baby in your 20s, 30s or 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. To get more information on all of your unplanned pregnancy options, contact us today.

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