Giving a Baby up for Adoption at the Hospital [5 Steps]

Adoption is still an option for you, even if you’re at the hospital or have taken your baby home. Learn about the five steps of giving a baby up for adoption at the hospital and where to find help now.

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Even if you are at the hospital or have already given birth, adoption is still an option for you. Contact us online to get started right now, or call a national adoption hotline like 1-800-ADOPTION. The adoption process will be completely free for you.

Giving a baby up for adoption at birth is absolutely possible. If you feel that this is the right path for your situation, then we’re here to help you out. Below, you can check out our comprehensive, step-by-step guide for giving a baby up for adoption at the hospital in California.

Can You Give up a Baby at Birth in California?

Yes, you can place your baby for adoption at the hospital. Even if you have been home with the baby for a few days, you can still choose adoption. Also, putting a baby up for adoption costs nothing, as the process is always free for prospective birth parents.

To give you a better idea of what adoption at the hospital looks like, we have outlined the five steps of the process:

Step 1: Make Sure That Adoption Is Right for You and Your Baby

Adoption is a permanent decision. Although you’re considering a hospital adoption, it’s still crucial that you take some time to weigh your options. Only you can know what is best for you and your baby. This choice is ultimately up to you and no one else.

When it comes to giving a baby up for adoption at the hospital, FCCA, an affiliate of American Adoptions, can guide you every step of the way. As an agency with nearly 40 years of experience and licensed in California, we have the necessary services and resources to ensure a smooth hospital adoption process. Fill out our online contact form now to start today.

Step 2: Create an Adoption Plan with Your Adoption Specialist

After you have decided that adoption is right for you and your baby, you can contact our agency and make an adoption plan. When you’re giving a baby up for adoption at birth in California, you can make a plan so that all your needs and preferences for the adoption are met.

We will help you create an adoption plan that includes details like:

  • What adoption financial assistance you’ll need
  • Who you want to adopt your baby
  • What type of adoption you’re interested in

Once you specify your preferences, your adoption specialist will coordinate everything so you can move forward with the adoption process. You can contact us online now to get in touch with one of our experienced adoption professionals.

Step 3: Choose the Perfect Adoptive Family for Your Baby

If you’re thinking about giving a baby up for adoption at the hospital, then you may be asking questions like:

  • Can I give my baby up for adoption at birth and still choose the family?
  • Can I leave my baby at the hospital if I don’t want it?
  • Do you get money for putting a baby up for adoption?

Although you do not get paid for adoption, you can still choose adoption at the hospital, receive financial assistance, and  choose the perfect adoptive family for your baby, too. We will share video and print profiles with you of families who are waiting to adopt. These families are fully screened and cannot wait to give all of their love to a child. Once you find a family that feels right to you, let your specialist know, and they can take it from there.

Because of our national scope, you can find a family not only in California but also throughout the United States. This gives you even greater odds of finding the perfect adoptive parents for your child, as we have hundreds of waiting families to select from in our system. The adoptive family will travel to the hospital immediately to meet you and the baby.

Start looking at waiting family profiles today when you fill out our online contact form.

Step 4: Complete Placement

Now that you’ve found the perfect family for your baby, your specialist will help you sign the official adoption paperwork and complete the adoption placement.

Whether you’re giving a baby up for adoption at the hospital or you’ve been pursuing adoption for months, you’ll have to wait until you’ve been discharged from the hospital before you sign the forms in California. This is to ensure that you’ve recovered and are in a stable frame of mind before you sign something this permanent.

Step 5: Moving Forward After Adoption

After giving a baby up for adoption at birth in California, you can keep in touch with your child and the adoptive family through open adoption. That means this doesn’t have to be “goodbye.” Instead, it can be “see you later,” as you get to watch your child grow up in a safe, loving home you’ve picked for them.

Still, this often comes with some complex emotions, such as grief, loss and doubt. That’s why our agency provides free, 24/7 counseling for birth parents. We know this can be difficult, so our trained counselors are here to help you navigate these complicated feelings.


Start the Adoption Process Now

To start the process of giving a baby up for adoption at the hospital, fill out our online contact form now. You’ll get more free adoption information, and we’ll connect you with immediate assistance from one of our trusted adoption specialists.