In today’s society, many people are opting to adopt children instead of reproducing biologically. That’s because becoming a parent can be a trying experience for anyone.
But adoption is an excellent way for adults who cannot naturally have children of their own to enter into parenthood.
Adoption is a legal process by which a person adopts another person and becomes their parent. An adopted individual is referred to as an adoptee, while an adoptive parent is called an adoptive parent or guardian.
However, when you discover that you will not be able to raise your child, adoption is often the best option. But what does this mean for you as the birth father? What are your rights as a parent? And how will adoption impact them?
If you’re in a relationship with the mother of your child and she’s planning to place your child up for adoption, it’s important to know what this means for you as the father.
This article will give you more insight into putting a child up for adoption a child and your birth father’s rights.
How Does Adoption Work?
During the adoption process, the biological parents will sign legal papers giving up their parental rights so that the adopting parents can raise the child. The child’s biological parents’ names will be removed from the birth certificate, and the adopting parents will be listed as the parents instead.
The adoption process can take some time since it’s a legal proceeding. You can expect to be involved in some or all of the steps listed below:
- The adoption agency will talk with you about the adoption process and help you decide if adoption is right for you.
- You and the mother of your child will meet with an adoption attorney to discuss the legal implications of adoption and sign the legal papers.
- You’ll give the adoption agency medical information about you and the baby, including any health issues or genetic disorders.
- You’ll take a home visit from an adoption caseworker who will inspect your home and talk with you about your plans for the child.
- The adoption agency will help you select adoptive parents for your child.
- You’ll meet with the adoptive parents, the adoption agency, and an adoption attorney to discuss the adoption.
- You’ll give final medical information and sign medical forms, including the final adoption papers.
Birth Father Rights During Adoption Proposals
As an expectant parent considering adoption, it’s important to understand your rights as well as what you need to do once you choose adoption.
For one, you have the right to be fully informed about what any adoption agency is offering you and what is expected of you. You may terminate the process at any time if you don’t feel comfortable.
Secondly, you have the right to be fully informed about the health of the mother and the baby. The doctor or healthcare provider must disclose any genetic conditions or health issues. This will help in making the adoption plan.
You have the right to consult with an adoption attorney to learn more about your options. You also have the right to receive counseling and other services from the adoption agency to help you make an informed decision about the adoption.
As the birth father rights, you have the right to ask for certain things during the adoption process. You have the right to know if the adoption will be open or closed. Open adoption means that you will have regular contact with the child. Closed adoption means that you will have no contact with the child.
You have the right to know how the adoption agency will select adoptive parents for your child. If you choose not to terminate your parental rights, you have the right to remain in the child’s life.
Can You Stop an Adoption From Going Through?
Adoption can be stopped at any time. However, it’s important to remember that when you agree to the adoption, you are entering into a legal contract, especially if it is a formal adoption.
The courts will uphold the adoption, and your child will become the legal child of the adoptive parent. This means that if you decide that you want to take the child back, you may not be able to with ease and will have to go through a revocation process in court to regain custody of your child.
If you are in an informal adoption, you can request that the birth mother change her mind about the adoption before the process is complete.
How To Reclaim Custody Of Your Child If You Decide To Adopt?
You can re-establish your parental rights if the adoption is a closed adoption. In this situation, the adoption agency will not tell you the name of the adopting parents. You’ll need to hire an attorney to help you find the adoption agency and the adoptive parents so you can re-establish your parental rights.
Research adoption laws in your state to understand how to do this. But generally, you should expect to make a written request to the adoption agency to re-establish your parental rights. The adoption agency will schedule a DNA test if they have not already done so.
The adoption agency will then send you the name of the adopting parents once they have completed the DNA test. From there, you can then visit an adoption attorney to start the process of re-establishing your parental rights.
The Bottom Line
Adoption is a wonderful way for adults who cannot naturally have children of their own to become parents. However, for the birth parents, it can be quite an emotional one.
It’s common to feel a mix of emotions once you decide to place your child with adoptive parents so that you can move forward with your life. While it’s normal to feel somewhat sad about your decision, it’s important to remember that you’re making a decision for your child’s well-being, and it requires careful evaluation of all your options.