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What is the Difference between Infant Adoption and Newborn Adoption?

What is the Difference between Infant Adoption and Newborn Adoption?

With adoption, there are many terms that can become very confusing and sound similar. It is good to get to know the differences and what they might mean to you as a birth mother. Are you wondering what the difference between infant adoption and newborn adoption are? Well, you wouldn’t be alone in this. it takes a little research to know what each term and form of adoption means. 

Let’s explore both terms together. This will help you know how to approach your adoption journey, and define which route is best for you, depending on your circumstances. There is no right or wrong way to go about your adoption journey, yet it’s good to understand the terms that you will come across when you place your baby for adoption.

Infant Adoption

Infant adoption occurs after a pregnant woman has given birth and decided that she’s not in the right place to raise her child. She can also make this choice when she’s in the midst of labor. Perhaps, after she discovered she was pregnant, she thought that she was ready for parenthood. Or, perhaps, life circumstances -- like a global pandemic, for instance -- caused her to put off making a decision until the last minute. Whatever her reasoning, infant adoption is the route she’ll need to take if her baby is already born, or in the process of being born.

Another situation where infant adoption becomes available to a birth mother is if she has taken her child home and started to raise him or her. But, over a short period of time,  the birth mother realizes it might be better if her baby was placed with an adoptive family who is more capable of taking care of them. This doesn’t mean she doesn’t love her baby, of course. It just means she has realized that she isn’t able to provide what would be best for her child’s life. 

Newborn Adoption

Newborn adoption occurs when a pregnant woman faces an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy and decides to place her baby for adoption. She can choose this at any point in her pregnancy, but sooner is always better. Especially if she is a planner, and needs the time to prepare, choose an adoptive family and think about how involved she wants to be after the adoption has been finalized. 

If you are a soon-to-be birth mother and you have already chosen an adoptive family and the type of adoption you want -- you’re right on track for newborn adoption! Now you can focus on building a relationship with the adoptive parents, depending on the level of openness you chose.. You can also make sure that all the details for your hospital plan are all worked out.

The Difference between Infant Adoption and Newborn Adoption

The biggest difference between infant and newborn adoption is the timing. With infant adoption, the baby is either born or in the process of being born, so the adoption process may seem a bit more rushed -- especially since it’s often in a shorter amount of time. This can make the choice to place your baby for adoption through infant adoption more of a challenge, or the best option, depending on if you want to have time to prepare and be involved in your adoption journey. However, if you are looking for a fast adoption and don’t want to choose the adoptive family, infant adoption may be the right choice for you.

On the other hand, with newborn adoption, you have the months you are pregnant to create your adoption plan, choose a type of adoption, select an adoptive family and have the chance to get to know the adoptive family. You will also get more time with your adoption caseworker to work out a hospital plan that meets all your needs. Then, after your baby is born, he or she will go with their new family and you will have peace of mind that they will be well taken care of.

No matter what you choose, Adoption Choices of Florida will be there for you every step of the way. Infant and newborn adoption are forms that you can choose from to accommodate what best fits you. If you want to learn more or have any questions about these two options, be sure to consult with your adoption caseworker  

Infant vs. Newborn Adoption: What’s the Best Option for You?

While we like to think we know everything, it is good to stop and slow down, ask questions and get clarity about what is going on. We won't always know the answers, but there is always a way to find out. Adoption Choices of Florida is here to help clarify any confusion you might have about the adoption process or the adoption journey overall. 

It doesn’t matter if you are pregnant and thinking about adoption, or  have already had your baby. We are here to help you with everything you need. 

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