7 Things You Should Know About Adoption After Pregnancy in Pennsylvania

It is never too late to do what you think is best for your baby — and it is never too late to make an adoption plan.

Whether you are in the final weeks of your pregnancy or your baby has already been born, Bierly & Rabuck can provide the services and support you need to make informed adoption decisions that you feel comfortable with.

Here are seven things you need to know about late-pregnancy and after-delivery adoption in Pennsylvania.

1. My due date is coming up. Is it too late to give my baby up for adoption?

Many expectant mothers wait until the final weeks, days, or even hours of their pregnancy before contacting an adoption professional. These women often wonder, “How late can you put a child up for adoption in Pennsylvania?”

There is no “deadline” for making an adoption plan, and you can absolutely begin the adoption process late in your pregnancy. Bierly & Rabuck will provide all of the support and services you need to make a proactive adoption plan, prepare for your hospital stay, and more.

2. Can you put your baby up for adoption after you’ve had him or her?

It is entirely possible to put a baby up for adoption after birth. You can contact Bierly & Rabuck from the hospital or even after returning home with your baby to begin the adoption process.

If you are considering giving your baby up for adoption after birth, you will still be able to choose an adoptive family, create a Post Adoption Contact Agreement, and receive the counseling and legal services you need to feel confident in your adoption decision.

3. Can you put a child up for adoption at any age?

What if you need to make an adoption plan for an older child? At what age can you put a child up for adoption?

A mother may choose to make an adoption plan months or even years after her child has been born. When parents contact Bierly & Rabuck about a potential adoption plan for an older child, we will coordinate counseling and help them develop a proactive plan to transition the child to an adoptive family.

We understand that the decision to place an older child for adoption is exceedingly difficult. We will never judge or pressure parents to make this choice — we want all prospective birth parents to make thoughtful and deliberate adoption decisions, not a decision based on the crisis or chaos that may be surrounding them.

4. When is it too late to find adoptive parents for my baby?

Women making a last-minute adoption plan have the same rights and choices as any prospective birth mother — including choosing the perfect adoptive parents.

When you begin the adoption process with Bierly & Rabuck, we can contact adoption agencies immediately to begin searching for prospective adoptive families.

We are committed to providing you with all of the resources you need to find someone to adopt at birth. You will have the opportunity to review waiting family profiles, select the perfect adoptive parents, and get to know them over the phone or in person at the hospital, if you choose to have contact with them.

5. What if I am not entirely certain of my adoption decision?

If you are still debating your unplanned pregnancy options, you may be wondering when to start considering adoption.

While it is never too late to begin the adoption process, it is also never too early to begin exploring your options. You do not need to be fully committed to adoption before contacting Bierly & Rabuck. We can provide the free information and confidential support you need to make a fully informed adoption decision.

Contacting us does not obligate you to proceed with the adoption process, and your decision does not become final until you sign the legal consent and your revocation period has passed.

6. When can you legally put a child up for adoption in Pennsylvania?

While you can begin the adoption process as early or as late as you like, it is important to understand that your adoption decision does not become final until you legally consent to the adoption and your revocation period has passed.

In Pennsylvania, a prospective birth mother can sign the legal adoption paperwork 72 hours after her baby is born. However, this waiting period is a minimum. A woman may choose to give an already-born baby up for adoption at any time after those 72 hours have passed. After signing the legal adoption paperwork, birth parents have 30 days to change their mind and formally revoke their consent.

7. I just gave birth. Who do I contact about adoption?

If you have recently given birth and are ready to begin the last-minute adoption process, you can contact Bierly & Rabuck at any time to get started. We will provide the objective information, emotional support and legal services you need to make the best decisions possible for yourself and your baby.