Placing A Child For Adoption: What to Expect

1. Initial Consultation

Before you start the adoption process, you’ll meet with an adoption professional to talk about the process, your needs, and to answer your questions. To chat with an Team member for free, visit This meeting is a chance for you to ask questions and learn about adoption. You’ll get advice on your options and feel more prepared to move forward.

2. Creating an Adoption Plan

Next, you’ll make an adoption plan. This plan is like a roadmap for your adoption journey. You’ll decide what you want for your birth experience and choose the adoptive parents for your child. It’s all about making decisions that feel right for you and your baby.

3. Legal Considerations

Understanding the legal side of adoption is important. You’ll learn about your rights as a birth parent and what you need to do to finalize the adoption. This includes signing papers. In many states, the birth parent doesn’t need to appear in court for finalization.

4. Emotional Support

Going through the adoption process can bring up lots of feelings. That’s why it’s important to have support. Counseling can help you work through your emotions and feel more confident. You can also lean on friends, family, and professionals who understand what you’re going through. Remember, you’re not alone—help is available every step of the way.

The Gladney Center for Adoption

The Gladney Center for Adoption is a trusted resource for birth parents and adoptive families. With compassionate support and comprehensive services, Gladney guides individuals through every step of the adoption journey. From counseling and legal assistance to post-adoption support, Gladney is committed to ensuring a positive and empowering experience for all involved.


Q: How do I know if adoption is the right choice for me?

A: Consider your values, goals, and aspirations for yourself and your child. Counseling can help you explore your options and make an informed decision.

Q: Will I have a say in choosing the adoptive parents for my child?

A: Yes, birth parents typically have the opportunity to review profiles of prospective adoptive parents and choose a family that feels right for them.

Q: Is adoption expensive for birth parents?

A: No, adoption is typically free for birth parents. Adoption agencies may also offer financial assistance to help cover expenses related to the adoption process.

Unique Tips for Birth Parents

  • Take Care of Yourself: Prioritize self-care and well-being throughout the adoption process. This may include seeking therapy, practicing mindfulness, and engaging in activities that bring you joy.
  • Communicate Openly: Maintain open communication with your adoption professional, adoptive parents, and support network. Express your needs, concerns, and preferences openly and honestly.

Navigating the adoption process may feel daunting, but with the right support and resources, you can approach it confidently. Reach out to‘s Support team for guidance and assistanc.

Placing A Child For Adoption: What to Expect