If you are pregnant and don’t want to have a child or have an abortion, you can place the baby for adoption. Adoption means giving up your legal rights as a parent, as well as your responsibilities. Backline offers a free, confidential, and judgment-free space to talk about pregnancy and parenting choices. Call Backline at 888-493-0092 for more information.
Changing Your Mind
Before the baby is born, you can change your mind at any time and keep the baby and maintain your parenting rights. After the birth, you sign papers which become your final consent 30 days after being signed. Within that 30-day period, you still have the right to change your mind. You have the option of waiving part of the 30-day period if you choose. After this 30-day period, the adoption is permanent.
The Baby’s Other Parent
Sometimes, the baby’s other parent has a right to know about the adoption. See the adoption resources below to find out more.
If you didn’t make adoption arrangements and you’re about to give birth, don’t panic. The law allows parents to drop off a newborn baby at a hospital or fire station up to three days after birth, without getting in trouble or having to give their names. This is to ensure a newborn will be cared for if the parents are unable to. If you do this, you then have two weeks (14 days) to change your mind before your rights as a parent are relinquished. Visit www.babysafe.ca.gov or call 877-222-9723 for more information and the locations of safe surrender sites.
Adoption Choices of Northern California
800-607-9200 or www.womenshealthspecialists.org
Adoption Choices of Northern California is a private, non-profit adoption service that connects birth parents to prospective adoptive parents in California. They provide adoption facilitation of newborns or toddlers.
800-972-9225 or www.adoptionconnection.org
Adoption Connection is a non-profit adoption agency that works with birth parents anywhere in the United States and with adoptive parents in 19 counties in Northern California.
Pact, an Adoption Alliance
800-750-7590 or www.pactadopt.org
Pact, an adoption alliance, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality adoption-related services to children of color, their birth parents and their adoptive parents.