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When Can You Give a Child Up for Adoption? [A Guide to Texas Adoption]

If you’re considering adoption for your baby, you probably have many questions about the process. You might ask:

  • I just found out about my pregnancy, but when can you “give a child up” for adoption?
  • Can I choose adoption after I take my baby home?
  • Can I choose adoption for my baby at the hospital?

You can choose adoption in any of the above situations and many others. It’s never too early or too late to learn when to start considering adoption in Texas. And it could be one of the best things you ever do.

Many of our specialists have a personal connection to adoption. So, we know just how important this decision is. Everything you could need to create better opportunities for your child, you’ll find it through our agency. When Erika started looking for professionals, she knew American Adoptions was perfect after talking to one of our specialists:

“I could not have asked for a better set of people in my life,” she said. “They made the whole process amazing… I never went back and forth with my decision, but it was still a tough decision.

“I don’t know how I would have done it without Shannon [Her birth parent specialist],” she added.

To get more information on “giving your baby up” for adoption and when to decide, please give us a call at 1-800-ADOPTION. Until then, keep reading find answers to your question, “When can I start putting my baby up for adoption in Texas?”

Can I Place My Unborn Baby Up for Adoption?

Yes. We know that, “How early can I “give up” for adoption?” is a common question. But, you don’t have to worry. It’s never too early or too late to give your child the life you always wanted for them.

When you give us a call at 1-800-ADOPTION, you’ll be connected to one of our adoption specialists. Afterwards, they’ll talk you through the process of making an adoption plan. Making your adoption plan early on in your pregnancy gives you more time to think about what you’re looking for in a family, receive financial assistance, and plan your hospital stay. In many ways, making an adoption plan early on can be a huge benefit.

To learn more about, “How early can I “give up” for adoption in Texas?” please check out our complete guide.

Can I Choose Adoption at the Last-Minute?

Yes, you can choose adoption for your baby at the “last-minute.” You’re probably thinking, “When can I start putting my baby up for adoption in Texas? Is it too late?” But, adoption is an emotional decision that can’t come with a firm deadline. So, you don’t need to worry about running out of time. Whenever you’re ready, you can create the perfect future for your baby.

Even in a same-day adoption, you have just as much right as any woman to:

  • Find and choose the perfect family for your baby
  • Have full control over your adoption plan
  • Continue your relationship with the adoptive parents after placement

If you’re worried about, “When can I start putting my baby up for adoption?” and you feel like you’ve run out of time, we can help. To learn more about same-day adoptions in Texas, please check out our complete guide.

Can I Place a Baby for Adoption at the Hospital?

Yes. You still have plenty of time to make an adoption plan at the hospital. When you are ready, whether that’s before or after birth, you can give us a call at 1-800-ADOPTION. There’s a lot to know about when a child can be given up for adoption at the hospital, but we can answer all of your questions.

A hospital adoption in Texas works much the same as any other adoption. But, it tends to go little faster. You’ll go through the process of making an adoption plan and finding a family just like you would in any other situation. Once you’ve decided what you’re looking for, your adoption specialist will send you a collection of profiles that match your preferences. When you think you’ve found a great one, you’ll take some time to get to know them and then they’ll be on their way to meet you!

In Texas, you must wait at least 48 hours before you can sign your adoption paperwork. Once you sign your adoption paperwork, you’ve officially completed your portion of the adoption. From there, you can continue your relationship with the adoptive family through phone calls, text messages, and more. To more about “giving your baby up” for adoption and when to decide at the hospital, please check out our complete guide.

Can I Choose Adoption after I Take My Baby Home?

Yes, you can choose adoption for your baby, even after you take them home. Many women, just like you, have chosen adoption after parenting.

Lindsey, another birth mother, knows how challenging choosing adoption after parenting is. But, she knows that it was the best thing she could have ever done for herself and her son:

“I know firsthand how challenging it can be to choose adoption after parenting. I also know how amazing life can be with your child when it comes to choosing adoption after parenting. I love my open adoption with my son and his parents. I used my healing resources, including therapy, during my adoption plan. I still remember my “why” to this day when my emotions begin to overwhelm me at times.”

If you’re wondering when can you give a baby up for adoption after you take it home, please check out our comprehensive guide.  

What’s the Age Limit to Place a Child for Adoption?

While there’s no maximum age limit, the age of your child can alter the process. Like most private adoption agencies, American Adoptions primarily supports the placement of newborns and infants. Sometimes, we’ll be able to work with very young child up to 4-years-old on a case-by-case basis. If your child is older than four, then we recommend checking out local resources that can help make parenting easier or reaching out to social services.

If you’re wondering when can you put a child up for adoption in Texas by age, please don’t forget to check out our in-depth guide!

Can I Place My Child Up for Adoption Temporarily?

No, you can’t place your child for adoption temporarily. Adoption is a permanent, life-long decision. Once you sign all of your adoption paperwork, that’s it. You won’t be able to get your baby back.

There is, however, something called a temporary guardianship. It’s not exactly a temporary adoption, but it’s probably closer to what you were envisioning when you asked, “When can you temporarily put a child up for adoption?” With this option, an adult of your choosing will temporarily take over care for your child. You can decide whether that’s a family member or a close friend who you trust.

A temporary guardianship guarantees that you keep your parental rights, so you don’t have to worry about losing custody while you get back on your feet. When you’re ready, you can be reunited with your child. To learn more about how temporary guardianships work in Texas, be sure check out our complete guide!


There’s a lot to learn when giving a baby up for adoption in Texas. But, we will help you through each and every step. To get more information on how adoption can help you, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to get started.

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