If you’re new to adoption (as many birth moms are), you may wonder if children placed for adoption are at risk of being placed in foster care. No child put up for private adoption will go into foster care. You are always in control of the adoptive family that adopts your child.
Are you ready to start the adoption process? Contact an adoption professional to learn more.
Continue reading this guide to discover the differences between private adoption and foster care.
What Happens When I Choose Adoption?
When you decide to place your baby for adoption, you also get to pick the adoptive parents. Your child will go home with their adoptive parents after you give birth and will never enter the foster care system.
What it Means to “Place a Child for Adoption”
Placing a child for adoption means you are in charge of selecting the family that you want to raise your baby.
After you give birth and sign your adoption consent, your child will leave the hospital with their adoptive family.
You are the only one who decides which family is best for your baby, and your adoption professional will help you find the perfect family that shares your ideals.
Choosing the Perfect Hopeful Adoptive Family for Your Child
Every hopeful adoptive family profile your adoption professional shows will highlight people ready to adopt.
All prospective adoptive families go through a lengthy screening process, which includes the following:
- Criminal background checks
- A home study review process
You’ll be able to see can that these families can provide an excellent life for your baby.
Deciding the Type of Contact You’ll Maintain With Your Child and the Adoptive Family
In adoption, you will also be able to choose how much contact you’ll have with your child and their adoptive family before, during, and after the adoption process.
- Open adoption:With open adoption, you will have your child and your child’s adoptive parents’ contact information. They’ll also have your personal information.
- Semi-open adoption: With semi-open adoption, your adoption professional will moderate all contact you have with the adoptive family and your child.
Common types of contact you can have with your child include:
- In-person meetings
Open adoption helps create a healthy adoption relationship for everyone. Most adoption professionals recommend at least some degree of openness in all adoption scenarios.
What are the Differences Between Foster Care and Adoption?
Foster care and adoption have a few key differences.
What to Know About Foster Care
Foster care is designed to keep children safe while their birth parents work on their circumstances. The goal of all foster care scenarios is reunification, and no child is placed in foster care for something they did. Also, no child who enters the foster care system is automatically made available for adoption.
If the state determines birth family reunification isn’t possible, then the department of child services starts exploring the possibility of adoption and termination of parental rights.
What to Know About Adoption
When you choose adoption, you’re in control of your adoption journey. You can pick your child’s adoptive family and determine the amount and type of contact you have going forward.
The state can never force you to place your child for adoption.
Is it Ever Too Late to Find an Adoptive Family?
It’s never too late to find an adoptive family for your baby and go through the adoption process.
You can choose adoption:
- Before you give birth
- At the hospital, before you deliver your baby
- At the hospital, after you deliver your baby
- After you return home from the hospital
- When you have an older baby or toddler
If you want to place your baby for adoption but haven’t found an adoptive family yet, that’s OK. An adoption agency professional will help you find the perfect adoptive family, no matter how late you start the adoption process.
No child placed for adoption will go into foster care. You are always in charge of the adoption process.
Reach out to Adoption Professional With any Additional Questions
If you still have questions about adoption vs. foster care, reach out to an adoption professional for more information.