At 15, you can earn your driver's permit, 16 you can drive, and 18 you can legally smoke and join the armed forces... but what about creating an adoption plan if you find yourself in an unplanned pregnancy?
You probably didn’t plan to become pregnant, but now you're left with what to do now. An unplanned pregnancy can be confusing and stressful and, when you’re under 18, also include legal questions.
Does a minor need parental permission to place a baby for adoption?
In most cases, the answer is no; many states will allow a teenager to make an adoption plan without her parents’ permission. Only under special circumstances can the court bypass the mother’s consent. In simpler terms: In the vast majority of cases, if you are 12 years of age or older, your parents cannot prevent you from placing your child for adoption.
What does life after adoption look like for an under-18 birth mother?
In most respects, you will have the same options as an over-18 birth mother, which include:
Being able to choose your baby’s adoptive family
Participating in an open-adoption relationship
Receiving support and advice from local agencies and organizations throughout the process
Pursuing your path whether it be educationally, professionally or emotionally. Counselors will provide referrals and community resources
Participate in lifetime counseling, with access to Special Delivery support groups to help explore ways to move forward.
While you may not need to have legal permission from your parents to place your baby for adoption, having emotional and financial support (although there are no costs to place a baby for adoption) from your parents would be positive, but not always possible. Have an honest conversation with your parent(s) about what kind of support you need and what they are able to provide.
Easier said than done, but there is good news! There are adoption specialists available to role play this delicate conversation with you. Special Delivery Adoption Agency Specialists can explore approaches for this one-on-one conversation. We recognize and respect that your decisions are highly personal.
Do I need permission from the biological father to place a baby for adoption?
Whether or not you need the biological father or “baby daddy’s” permission to place the child for adoption also depends on state law. In Texas, the father’s permission is only needed if he is the birth mother’s spouse. This means that the birth mother is not married, she will not need the birth father’s permission to do an adoption plan. However, if she is married he doesn’t necessarily need to be part of the process, but is required to sign relinquishment papers.
An unplanned pregnancy can be frightening, confusing and make you constantly second-guess your decisions. It’s not uncommon to be indecisive or find yourself changing your mind. Our experienced professionals can provide you with facts and support you to develop a plan that works for you. Navigating the technicalities of the adoption process is difficult, especially for those of us who don’t have a legal degree in tow. Give us a call or send us a text at 806-367-6755 or contact us online and we’ll give you the support you need to make one of the most important decisions of your life.