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Adoption

Adoption could be a choice for you if you don’t want to, or can’t, have an abortion. You may want to consider continuing the pregnancy and having the baby adopted.

What exactly is adoption?

Adoption is a way of providing a child with new legal parents. It ends the legal relationship between the child and the birth parents and establishes a new one with the adoptive parents. Adoptions are arranged by adoption agencies but are made legally binding by the courts. Once granted, an adoption order is final and cannot be undone.

How does adoption take place?

You can start preparing for adoption at any time during your pregnancy, but the adoption will not be completed until after the baby is born. You will have to sign a formal document agreeing to the adoption, but this will not happen until the baby is 6 weeks old. The agreement does not make the adoption final.

The baby will go into foster care for a minimum of 8 weeks and you will be encouraged to have visits with the baby. This is to make sure that you definitely want to give the baby up for adoption. After this time arrangements will be made for the baby to move to the adoptive parents. The adoptive parents will then apply to the court for an adoptive order. Once this order is granted the adoption is final and you will no longer be the babies legal parent.

Can I change my mind?

Yes you can change your mind at any stage before the adoption has been made legal, but it may not be easy, dependant on how far the adoption has progressed. The court will make a decision on what is best for the baby

How do I find out about adoption?

If you are thinking about having the baby adopted, finding out more about the adoption process may help you to work out whether it is a good decision for you. To get expert advice as soon as possible, please contact:

Adoption Duty Social worker from the social services department in Cornwall Council – 01872 322200

Or visit the Cornwall Council Adoption Page.

It is really important to make the right decision for you. Talking to your partner, family and friends can help, but they might have different views to you, so it’s very important to talk to a sexual health worker, doctor or nurse as well.