As woman facing an unplanned pregnancy considering adoption, yours are the same parental rights any parent has until you terminate those rights. You make all decisions regarding your health and the baby’s health. You decide whether you want to place your baby or not.

As a birth parent, you terminate your parental rights in order for someone else to legally adopt your child. Therefore, you have no rights over your child once the baby has been placed and your rights have been terminated. This is a permanent decision.

As an adoptive parent, you are the sole caretaker of your child. The birth parent does not have any legal rights over your child. It is up to you to adhere to laws and societal norms of taking care of your child. You have complete parental rights once the adoption has been finalized.

 Considering adoption? Choose a family to adopt your child. Visit Parent Profiles on or call 1-800-ADOPT-98.