If you're experiencing and unplanned pregnancy and want to give your baby up to adoption, there are a few different ways to do so.
If you practice a certain faith, then finding someone within your faith to adopt the baby can be facilitated by religion-specific agencies. Overall, agencies are birth mother advocates. If you do not want to know anything about the adoptive family and want a minimal responsibility in the process, then you can find an agency that will facilitate the adoption for you while preserving your privacy. Other agency adoptions include semi-open and open adoptions, which require more interaction with the adoption process and the selection of potential adoptive parents. You may also choose to give your child up to adoption independently and create a personal ad in search of a couple to care for your child.
In most adoptions involving pregnancy and infant placement, pregnant women should consider and receive counseling to help them understand the emotions that adoption may bring, particularly when it comes to finalizing an adoption.
Pregnant women that decide to place their infant with an adoptive family do so because they feel unprepared to raise a child on their own and want to give the child the support they would have liked to have done themselves. When it comes down to finalizing the adoption, the choice is the birth mother's. This is why birth mothers should make it clear how open they want the pre- and post-adoption relationship with the family to be. Being honest during the adoption process is the most important thing for a future birth mother, and keeping a clear perspective of why you want to give your baby up to adoption can help you stay comfortable with your decision for the best couple to raise your child.