How Going Through an Adoption Agency Will Help Protect Your Birth Mother Rights After Adoption in Missouri
Being a birth mother doesn’t end just because you’ve had your baby, and neither should your rights as a birth mother. But when do your birth mother rights begin and when do they end? What exactly are your birth mother rights after adoption in Missouri? How does going through an adoption agency protect these rights and more?
Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to help you understand and secure your rights as a birth mother, throughout the adoption process and after. We care deeply about our birth mothers, and we like to go above and beyond by continuing to provide that same level of care and concern after the adoption process is completed.
Please keep in mind that adoption laws vary by state and are always subject to change, and that this article is not an adequate substitute for real legal advice. Do not hesitate to call and ask our adoption specialists regarding any questions you may have. It is important that you understand your birth mother rights and know that we offer legal representation and counseling to protect those rights.
The Top 4 Ways Our Adoption Agency Protects Your Birth Mother Rights After Adoption in Missouri
- Your right as a birth mother to change your mind about adoption. Only you as the birth mother can give the consent to place your baby for a voluntary adoption, and you should never feel pressured or like you are not in control of making your adoption plan. Changing your mind about the adoption process once it has started is called withdrawing consent, and you can change your mind by withdrawing consent at any point during the adoption process.How long after the adoption do you reserve the right to change your mind? A voluntary adoption means that you are willingly and permanently waiving your parental rights. Your voluntary termination of parental rights is irreversible once your consent to adoption is finalized and signed by the court. However, there is a small gap of time after you’ve given birth but before the adoption is finalized in court. This time is called the revocation period because it is the time period after the baby’s delivery in which you can still revoke your consent to adoption. In Missouri, you can change your mind about adoption up to a full 48 hours after you give birth. But please remember that you will not be able to legally change your mind once the paperwork is officially finalized.
Your adoption caseworker will be working hard to help make sure that you do not even need to use these revocation laws. Your adoption specialist will be working with you every step of the way to help ensure that you are comfortable with everything that is happening and that you are in complete control of making your adoption plan. You will get to choose what type of adoption you would like, set any future visitation rules or guidelines, and pick the adoptive family out yourself. You are in control of your adoption process and what that looks like for you.
- Your right as a birth mother to grief counseling and emotional support services throughout the adoption process and after. Our adoption agency understands what a hard and difficult time this may be for you. That is why we go the extra mile by offering mental health counseling and emotional support services for birth mothers even after your adoption process is completed. We make sure that our birth mothers are just as well taken care of during your post-placement as you are during your pregnancy.
- Your right as a birth mother to know that your baby has been placed for adoption into a safe and loving home. We are a full-service, licensed adoption agency. This means that all of our prospective adoptive families have undergone a rigorous home study test in order to be approved to adopt. All of the adoptive families you see in our family portfolios are pre-screened and pre-qualified. You can rest easy and assured knowing that your baby has been placed in a nurturing and safe home, no matter which of our adoptive families you have picked.
- Your right as a birth mother to an adoption attorney and paid legal fees. Finances are a major contributing factor as to why many birth mothers choose adoption in the first place, and you should not have to break the bank fighting for your rights as a birth mother. We will help you find an attorney and cover any legal costs necessary to protect your birth mother rights after adoption in Missouri.
Don’t Wait to Get Unplanned Pregnancy Help: Call Our Missouri Adoption Agency Today to Place Your Baby for Adoption and to Secure Your Rights as a Birth Mother
If you need unplanned pregnancy help and are considering adoption,please do not hesitate to contact our adoption agency as soon as possible. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work answering any of your adoption questions and get you started on your adoption journey.
If you do choose to place your baby for adoption with our adoption agency, know that our birth mothers are very important to us. This means that your health and safety are our highest concern and priority. That is why we continue to take care of our birth mothers even after the adoption process is completed. Whether that care is protecting your rights by providing an attorney or simply offering counseling to help you adjust to life post-placement, Adoption Choices of Missouri is here for you.
Adoption Choices of Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll free at 877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at 1-816-527-9800
Meet the Author: Kelly Felix is a graduate from the University of New Orleans. She holds a BA in English as well as a BA in Sociology. Her English concentration is in journalism, and her specialties in sociology are gender studies and environmental sociology.
When she isn’t voraciously guzzling coffee or devouring books, Kelly can be found either bent over a canvas working on her art or at her computer playing video games. She has hands-on classroom teaching experience from her time working as a substitute teacher for Kelly Services. Kelly also completed an in-house editorial internship at Pelican Publishing Company, and she finished the goal internship program at Green Light New Orleans. Kelly generally exists in a state of suspended disbelief, but when she’s not there she resides in New Orleans.