YES, as long as you do so prior to signing a consent to adoption, and under Indiana law, a birth mother CANNOT sign a valid consent to adoption before she gives birth. Indiana adoption statutes make clear that a pre-birth consent by an expectant MOTHER is not valid. We, at Adoption Attorneys Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. (“Kirsh & Kirsh”), encourage expectant mothers to take the time they need to fully consider what is in their own best interests and what they believe to be in their children’s best interests. Additionally, we make sure they have the opportunity to speak with a counselor and their own attorney (all at no cost) to ensure, as much as possible, that they make their decision with full knowledge of the consequences.
A birth mother who signs an Indiana consent to adoption, after giving birth, has 30 days from the signing to attempt to withdraw her consent to adoption. However, this is better understood as a “window of opportunity” rather than a “right” to change her mind. If a consenting birth mother changes her mind after signing a consent to adoption, she must file a petition with the court, ask the court for a hearing, give notice to the prospective adoptive parents, and then prove that withdrawing her consent to adoption benefits the child’s best interests. In the nearly 40 years, Adoption Attorneys Kirsh & Kirsh have handled adoptions, no woman in Indiana has successfully withdrawn her consent by proving the withdrawal would be in the child’s best interests. In fact, very few women have tried, not only because of the high bar set by Indiana law, but because we, at Kirsh & Kirsh, clearly explain to a birth mother what her own attorney has already explained: if she has any thoughts that she might want to later withdraw her consent to adoption, she should not sign in the first place.
We, at Kirsh & Kirsh — or the “Kirsh Boys,” as the adoption attorneys at Kirsh & Kirsh are sometimes called – Steve, and his brothers, Joel and Rob, and his son, Grant, pride ourselves on answering questions about adoption and explaining the process without pressure or judgment. We cannot make adoption an easy choice, but we can make it less scary by removing some of the unknowns. Ultimately, a birth parent will have to decide if adoption is in their own best interests and the best interests of their child. We, at Kirsh & Kirsh, will not and cannot make that decision for anyone, but we can provide information and answers to questions – that way, you can make a well-informed decision.
Our contact information is below. We will answer your questions and provide you the information you seek, without cost or obligation on your part. In other words, talking to us is FREE and does NOT mean you ever have to talk or text with us, again. The Kirsh Boys have 90 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE practicing adoption law. We can help you in finding an AMAZING, WONDERFUL, adoptive home for your precious baby, whether you live in Lebanon or Indianapolis, Edinburgh or Columbus, Evansville or Sellersburg, or South Bend or Warsaw, Marion or Ft. Wayne, or any Indiana county or city in between, or ANYWHERE in Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, or Michigan.
We have lots of wonderful, carefully screened, loving families, FROM INDIANA AND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY (married, single, Lesbian, and Gay) who cannot wait to welcome a baby into their hearts and homes and are happy to assist with living expenses to the fullest extent allowed by law.
You can call, text and or email us anytime -call: 317-575-5555, text: 317-721-2030, email: AdoptionSupport@kirsh.com, or Facebook message: https://www.facebook.com/KirshandKirsh/. We answer our office phone 24 hours a day, every single day. We try to respond to emails and text messages within minutes of receipt.
POSITIVE ADOPTION LANGUAGE DISCLAIMER: Please understand that these blog posts are written in a way to use language that people use when searching for help with their adoption plans. Unfortunately, while all of us understand what positive adoption language means, most expectant moms that come to us at first do not understand what that means. The most common search term on the Internet for expectant moms is “how do I give up my baby for adoption”. If we do not include those words in our blog posts, and instead put “how do I create an adoption plan for my baby” then our website will not show up in most expectant mom’s search results in Google.