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The Difference Between Newborn and Infant Adoption

The Difference Between Newborn and Infant Adoption

If you’re considering placing your child for adoption and have started gathering information about the process, you may have stumbled upon the terms ‘newborn adoption’ and ‘infant adoption.’ With the excess of different information the internet can provide us nowadays, it can be frustrating and overwhelming to have to click through website after website trying to differentiate between the terms, phrases and concepts related to the adoption process. 

To make the process of gathering information a little easier for you, Adoption Choices of Florida has differentiated between newborn and infant adoption for you! No matter what stage you're at, whether you’ve just discovered you’re pregnant or have already given birth and are struggling to raise your infant, Adoption Choices of Florida has answers for every kind of birth mother out there. 

Remember, no matter what you choose, make sure you’re making decisions that are in your child’s best interest! It’s extremely important to ensure that your child has every opportunity to have a wonderful life filled with love, and the best and brightest future possible!  

Newborn Adoption

When a birth mother becomes pregnant unexpectedly, the newborn adoption process generally begins when she determines that she cannot raise her child, and that it’s in the child’s best interest to be placed for adoption. From there, most birth mothers seek out expertise from an adoption agency for assistance in creating an adoption plan for her child, preparing for the adoption process, and getting ready for her due date. 

With newborn adoption, birth mothers typically go through the adoption process while still pregnant. The final stages of the newborn adoption process begin the day the child is born. Before the adoptive parents assume parental rights and custody of the child, doctors must run tests to ensure the child is healthy enough to go home. 

It’s very common for a birth mother to choose to place her child for adoption as a newborn because she has the length of her pregnancy to prepare. In that nine-month span, she can:

  • create her baby’s adoption plan 

  • determine whether or not she’d like to be a part of her child’s life 

  • select, meet and get to know her child’s adoptive family -- depending upon the openness of the adoption 

  • deal with all legal proceedings related to the adoption process

  • maintain a healthy lifestyle to promote the health and development of her baby    

Infant Adoption

Infant adoption occurs when a birth mother decides to place her child for adoption when the child is between the ages of one and 12 months. This isn’t uncommon, but it’s lesser known than newborn adoption. Many birth mothers feel that if they haven’t been in contact with an adoption agency at the beginning of their pregnancy, or at some point throughout, it’s too late to place their child for adoption. 

It’s important for birth mothers everywhere to know that if, at any point, you feel you aren’t able to care for your child, aren’t capable of being the best parent possible to your child or cannot make choices that are within your child’s best interest, you still have the option to place your child for adoption. It’s never too late to start considering what’s in the best interest of your child!

Birth mothers choose infant adoption for a number of reasons. At one point or another, you may have felt that you had both the emotional and financial stability to be a parent to, care for and support your child. But sometimes, life gets in the way, your situation changes and  the stability and support you thought you had no longer exists. If you’re a birth mother with a child between the ages of one and 12 months and you’re experiencing a situation like this, it’s OK to place your child for adoption if you feel that doing so is in his or her best interest. In fact, it’s quite the responsible decision. And there’s no guilt, shame or embarrassment in being a responsible parent!

Always Do What’s in the Best Interest of Your Child… Even if it Means Placing Him or Her for Adoption!

Placing a child for adoption is never easy, and can be especially difficult for birth mothers who’ve decided to place an infant for adoption. A birth mother -- no matter what --  is always emotionally attached to her biological child, making it extremely challenging for those placing an infant for adoption to understand they may not be the best caretaker for their child,and even more difficult to accept the fact that they must let go.

As hard as it may be to place your infant for adoption, you must think about his or her well-being and future. When you think about how difficult it is for you to place your child for adoption, you’re only considering your well-being, your future, and what’s in your best interest, when you should be focused on doing whatever’s in the best interest of your child. Though placing your child for adoption is certainly emotionally difficult for you, the process of adoption is not about you, it’s about your child! 

If you are a birth parent considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: 800-985-8108