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What Happens if I Don’t Find an Adoptive Family?

Are you worried about putting a child up for adoption but nobody wants to adopt them? There’s good news; when you work with an experienced and trusted adoption agency, you will have immediate access to hundreds of adoptive families eager for the chance to give your baby an amazing home. 

You may be farther along in your pregnancy and feel like time is running out on adoption and this is causing concern about finding an adoptive family. Are babies that are given up for adoption always adopted? What if I don’t have an adoptive family picked when I give birth? 

By completing this online form, you will get connected to an adoption specialist that can give you more information on the good news: 

It’s Never Too Late to Find Adoptive Parents 

You can choose adoption at any point during your pregnancy and even after birth. When you work with a licensed and trusted adoption agency, you are provided the resources you need for every aspect of your adoption, including providing you with available adoptive family’s hopeful for the opportunity to give your baby a loving and nurturing home. 

No matter when you choose adoption, you will have the time to find an adoptive family with the help of an adoption specialist from your adoption agency. When choosing adoption at the hospital, there will be less time. Still, it’s never too late and you can still choose an adoptive family after your baby is born. 

When an expectant mother considers adoption for her baby, she is coming from a place of love. Even though it’s common to hear people talk about “giving a baby up” for adoption — maybe you have even used this language yourself — there’s no part of adoption that is “giving up.” It’s doing something brave that gives a child a chance at a great life. 

You’re also making the decision that gives an adoptive family the chance to become parents or add to their growing family. The future adoption creates for everyone involved makes it not only an act of love but it’s heroic.  

You can get more information on adoption and how it’s never too late to find the perfect adoptive family by filling out this form to get connected with an experienced and trusted adoption specialist today. 

How to Find an Adoptive Family 

While you are thinking about this process, it’s also a good time to consider which type of adoption agency you want to work with. There are different types of agencies, and each has unique benefits. A national adoption agency will give you a vast array of in-house support and services, as well as more families to choose from. A local adoption agency can offer you a more direct connection to your community as well as some added local convenience.  

It’s not your job to find the right adoptive family for your baby; it’s just your job to pick the best one. If you’re wondering what happens if you don’t find an adoptive family by the time your son or daughter is born, you’ll be relieved to hear that your adoption agency is the one who finds the family.  

With the help of an adoption specialist, you’ll take three basic steps to choose the right adoptive parents for your baby. 

Step 1: Decide what type of family you would like to adopt your baby. 

Work out character traits or other details you’re looking for in an adoptive family with your adoption specialist. Consider questions like: 

  • Do I want my child to live in an urban or rural environment? 
  • Do I want the parents to be members of a particular faith or religion? 
  • Do I want my child to have siblings? 

What you decide will dictate the adoptive family profiles your specialist puts together for you. 

Step 2: View adoption profiles and pick the right family. 

This step will differ slightly depending on which adoption agency you are working with. Based on your preferences in step one, your social worker will compile profiles of adoptive families. You will be able to look at several different families, and then you can choose the family you think is right. No matter if you are early in your pregnancy, late in your pregnancy or already at the hospital, you can still choose the adoptive family, and there will be families who want to adopt your baby. 

Step 3: Get to know the adoptive family. 

Most domestic infant adoptions today are at least semi-open, which means that after you choose the adoptive parents, you will have a chance to get to know them. This helps many expectant mothers feel confident in their decision. 

With the help of your adoption specialist, you will begin building a relationship with the adoptive family you choose. Your initial interaction with them may be more of an ice-breaker with open-ended questions to get to know each other better. 

As you work through the adoption process, you will continue to develop what could be a lifelong bond together. Open adoption gives everyone the chance to stay connected and share the experience. 

What Happens if Nobody Adopts My Baby? 

Babies don’t go un-adopted in domestic infant adoption. At any moment, there are many more hopeful adoptive parents than prospective birth mothers. Adoption agencies across the country work with thousands of hopeful parents each year, and you will be able to choose a family who wants to adopt your baby. Even if you don’t have an adoptive family picked out when you give birth, there is still time to choose one. 

If you’re asking, “if I don’t have an adoptive family lined up can my baby go to foster care,” this would depend on whether you are choosing a private domestic adoption or you are trying to adopt independently and struggling to find an available family.  

In foster to adopt situations, there are indeed children who will wait many years to find the right adoptive family. But when you choose adoption for your baby, even after you’ve given birth, your baby will not enter the foster care system

As long as you contact an adoption agency and ask to place your baby through domestic infant adoption, there will be a family who cannot wait to adopt your baby

You can get more information on finding an adoptive family for your baby no matter when you choose adoption by completing our form to speak to an adoption specialist.