Can I Sign A Consent To Adoption Before The Baby Is Born?
We, at Adoption Attorneys Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. (“Kirsh & Kirsh”) get this question a lot when we meet with expectant mothers considering giving their babies up for adoption, or, more correctly, making an adoption plan for their babies. Some women want to sign a consent to adoption before they give birth to prevent themselves from making a last-minute, emotional decision to take the baby home from the hospital. Indiana law permits the father of an unborn child to consent to the adoption of the child but does not allow the mother from signing a consent to adoption prior to birth. This is true whether a national adoption agency, local adoption agency or attorney handles the adoption. In Indiana, the same laws apply to adoptions arranged by all adoption professionals.
However, speaking to a counselor helps many expectant mothers with the tools to deal with their emotions to enable them to focus on their reasons. The counselors who Kirsh & Kirsh recommend will NOT tell an expectant mother what to do, how to think or feel, but will help her consider her options so that she can make the best possible decision for her newborn and herself.
We, at Kirsh & Kirsh, have helped numerous birth parents with adoptions over the last 35+ years of the firm’s existence. We will try to accommodate your wishes regarding all aspects of the adoption, including the timing of the consent signing. If you want to leave the hospital as soon as possible after birth, we will meet you at the hospital, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. On the other hand, we will NEVER rush or pressure you to sign a consent to adoption.
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 costs you nothing nor does it mean you ever have to talk or text with us, again. We can assist you with an Indiana adoption no matter whether you live in Angola or Evansville, Madison or Merrillville, Winamac or Bloomington, or any Indiana county or city in between.
We have lots of wonderful, carefully screened, loving families (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 full 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 a Facebook message: https://www.facebook.com/KirshandKirsh/. We answer our office phone, by a member of our office staff – not an answering service — 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 on Google.