“I Just Gave Birth. Can I Still Put My Baby Up For Adoption?”

The answer is yes. If you just gave birth, you can still “put your baby up for adoption.” 

Before we jump into the details of answering this question, we want to first address how we talk about adoption. As adoption professionals, when we discuss the adoption process, we use phrases that are not part of the larger, cultural lexicon. For example, rather than saying “put your baby up for adoption,” we say “placing your baby for adoption,” or “making an adoption plan for your baby.” 

There are a variety of reasons why we choose to use positive adoption language, but for the most part, we want to reflect the notion that adoption is part of a larger, loving, and ethical plan made by a birth mother. For example, using the phrase “put my baby up for adoption” may imply that the child is simply a piece of property. Furthermore, using the phrase “give up my baby for adoption,” may imply that adoption was chosen for the child in a careless or hasty manner. However, by using a phrase like “place baby for adoption,” “choosing adoption for a child,” or “make an adoption plan,” one is able to better reflect the reality of how women today choose the selfless, loving path of adoption for their child. 

Now… back to the original question! “I just gave birth. Can I still put my baby up for adoption?”

Yes. You are able to make an adoption plan for your baby at any time during the pregnancy and even after you have given birth. Some women reach out to an adoption attorney right when they find out that they are pregnant. Other women may reach out later in the pregnancy, or even in the hospital while they’re in labor. It’s also not uncommon for a woman to reach out to a Florida adoption attorney after she’s gone home with the baby. Sometimes, it’s in those first few days of parenting that one really comes to realize that they may not be ready for this step in life. And that’s okay! Thousands of women have found themselves in that exact position and chosen to make an adoption plan for their baby after they’ve gone home from the hospital. 

If you’ve just given birth in Florida and want to make an adoption plan for your baby, the first step is to call a Florida adoption attorney. The Law Offices of Berkowitz & White PLLC can help guide you through the adoption process. We start by getting to know you and your situation a little better. Then, based on your personal preferences, we will show you some waiting adoptive family profiles to consider. We’ll work with you to find the perfect, home study-approved family that fits all of your desires for your child’s future, no matter how long that process takes. 

Once you’ve matched with the right adoptive family, they may be able to help cover some of your pregnancy-related expenses and hospital bills. You’d also be able to meet them and discuss how much contact you’d like to have with the family and your baby going forward. This choice is completely up to you, and you can choose to have an open, semi-open, or closed adoption. In today’s world, it’s important to remember that adoption does not always mean the end. You can choose to stay in contact with your baby throughout their life and be there for all of their major milestones.


If you need someone to talk to, are looking for Florida adoption help, or would like to explore a post-birth adoption, give us a call. The Law Offices of Berkowitz & White PLLC would gladly speak with you. We are here for you 24/7, no matter the circumstances. 

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