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Placing a Child for Adoption without a U.S. Citizenship: 4 Questions to Ask 

Facing the unknown can be frightening, especially when you are not sure what your individual rights are in a given circumstance. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy but you are not a U.S. citizen, you are probably asking: Can I put a child up for adoption without a U.S. citizenship? The answer is yes, you can. As long as your baby will be born in the United States, you can place your baby for adoption here.

You and your baby are entitled to the same rights as a U.S. citizen when you begin your adoption journey. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we can help answer any of your questions and get you started on your adoption path. Here are some questions that you might ask.

1. How Do I Begin My Adoption Journey? 

You will begin your adoption journey by scheduling an initial meeting with our adoption agency. During this meeting, you will fill out the necessary paperwork. This is also a great time to ask any questions that you have. Our welcoming staff will be happy to help. During this visit, you will be matched with an adoption caseworker who will be your support throughout your adoption journey.

If you are a native Spanish speaker, please let us know and we can provide a translator to assist you with all documents and questions. If you speak a language other than Spanish, it might be helpful to bring a trusted companion to the initial meeting to help with translation. Our goal is to give you as much information as possible and build your confidence as you begin your adoption journey.

2. Will My Information be Private? 

Yes. The adoption process in America is legally required to be private. This means that any information you share, such as your immigration status, will not be shared with anybody. Government or immigration agencies will absolutely NOT have access to your paperwork.

We understand how important your privacy is, and our top priority is that you feel safe and comfortable at our adoption agency. Please feel free to talk through our privacy regulations in detail with our staff or your adoption caseworker.

3. Can I Have a Relationship with My Birth Child? 

Your adoption caseworker will assist you in choosing the type of adoption that best fits your needs. This choice will determine what your relationship with your child will look like in the future. Your adoption plan can be as open or as closed as you’d like.

4. Can I Choose My Child’s Adoptive Family? 

At Adoption Choices of Missouri, you always have the right to choose your child’s adoptive family. We have an extensive amount of family portfolios for you to look through. Once you select a family that matches your criteria, you will be able to speak to them on the phone. If you would like to move forward with them, you will also have the opportunity to meet them in person.

Before choosing your child’s adoptive family, your adoption caseworker can help you make a list of important criteria. This way, you can select a family that will share these important beliefs or practices with your child. For example, if your primary language is Spanish and it is very important to you that your child be raised in a Spanish-speaking home, you can find that information in their family portfolio. We understand that your goal is to place your baby in a loving and stable home and we will make sure that happens.

Can You Put a Child Up for Adoption without a U.S. Citizenship? 

You and your child have the right to privacy and safety throughout your adoption journey. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, the safety and comfort of you and your child are our top concerns. We will provide you with the information you need to confidently begin your adoption journey and will support you as you move along your adoption path.

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: Molly Doyle is a native San Franciscan, Molly is an experienced educator and a dedicated writer. She holds her multiple subject teaching credential as well as her Masters of Arts in Teaching. When not teaching children or creating new written pieces, Molly can be found kicking around a soccer ball, going for urban hikes or whipping up a fruit pie.

She currently lives in Seattle, her first home outside of California.