Finding out that you are expecting a baby as a teen can be a scary place to be, especially when you have not yet graduated high school or even managed to get started with your adult life. Adoption is always one thing to consider as a teenage mother if you feel that you are not ready to be a parent just yet. Most adoption agencies will work with you if you believe that giving the gift of parenthood to another couple may be something that you want to do. Here are a few of the biggest questions teenage mothers tend to have about placing a baby up for adoption.

Will your parents have to give you permission to place your baby for adoption?

The laws regarding this vary from state to state and in some cases, your parents will have to give consent for you to place your child for adoption. Even if your parents do not have to give consent where you live, the biological father may have to agree to the adoption process.

Can you change your mind about the adoption after you initiate the process?

All the way up until the day you sign your custodial parenting rights away after your child is born, you can change your mind about the adoption process. This is true even if a prospective adopting couple has helped pay for your medical experiences, given you gifts, or otherwise supported you through the pregnancy. However, once you have the baby and the adoption has taken place, each state has its own laws governing what rights a birth mother has.

Do you have to pay anything to place your baby up for adoption?

When you are still a teenager, fees associated with adoption are naturally part of the adoption process, as it is highly unlikely that you have any savings and perhaps not even a job. But, in general, you should not be concerned about fees when it comes to adoption, or even having to pay for much of anything at all. Of course, there can be differences depending on the adoption center that you go to and where you are located. If you are faced with fees that you cannot pay, let the adoption counselor know that you may need financial assistance as there could be programs available.

Adoption is not for every teenager, but in some cases it is the most logical choice. If you want to know more about placing your baby for adoption, talk to an adoption counselor, like, for more information.