• NOVEMBER 6, 2023

Birth Mother Change Her Mind About Adoption?

Whether you’re considering adoption before you give birth or after, you may wonder if, and when, you can change your mind. You can decide to go through with an adoption, or change your mind, at any point during the process. A good adoption agency will make sure that the adoption is always on your terms. You always have options and you are in control of the process. 

How long does a mother have to change her mind about adoption?  

The most important thing to remember is that birth mothers can change their minds at any point during the adoption process. Adoption agencies and adoptive parents should have your best interest in mind and be willing to work with you.

Before you give birth, you have total control over your adoption decision. You can change your mind whenever you want without worrying. Even if you already picked hopeful adoptive parents for your child, you can change your mind.

After you give birth, and before the adoption is finalized, you’ll have an opportunity to think through your decision and can change your mind if you like. Even if your baby is already here, you can decide to raise the child instead of going through with the adoption. You can talk with your adoption coordinator or your family and friends if you’re having second thoughts. 

In Pennsylvania, adoptions aren’t legally binding until they are finalized in court. That means that you have until that finalization to change your mind without any issues. Birth mothers have to wait at least 72 hours after giving birth to start the finalization process, so you will have some time to change your mind.

In Pennsylvania, birth mothers must wait at least 72 hours to sign their consents to the adoption, which starts the legal process. If you are having second thoughts or are hesitant about your decision you can talk things through with an adoption specialist. While you must wait 72 hours, you don’t have to sign any documents after the 72 hours have passed, until you are 100% of your decision.

Can you take back a baby you give up for adoption?

After the adoption is finalized, you won’t be able to change your mind. The only exceptions are for unique cases, and it’s best to get in touch with a professional to know your options.

Since it’s almost impossible to “undo” an adoption, it’s important to think deeply about adoption before you commit. Take the time to consider if adoption is right for you, talk to professionals, and get advice. Then, when you’re confident with your decision you can move forward and finalize the adoption. 

Can fathers change their minds about adoption?

Birth fathers have certain rights during the adoption process. His say in the process depends on his relationship to the birth mother and how involved he is. Depending on his involvement, the birth father can stop an adoption. If the father decides to challenge an adoption or refuse to waive his parental consent, it could stop an adoption. Our caring case workers can talk to you about your unique situation in these cases. An adoption expert can help you figure out how the birth father fits into your adoption plan.

What happens if a birth mother changes her mind?

It is possible for a birth mother to change her mind. The timing is a big factor, since waiting until after the adoption is finalized makes it harder. The best thing to do if you’re considering adoption is to think carefully about your options so you don’t end up in a tough situation.


Adoption is a great way to handle an unplanned pregnancy, but it might not be the right fit for everyone. Working with an adoption specialist can help you learn more about your options and talk through them. That way, if you chose adoption you know that you made the right choice when it comes time to finalize the adoption.

Adoption specialists can help you create your adoption plan so you have a clear idea of what the adoption process looks like. They can also help you as you choose an adoptive family or decide if you want an open or closed adoption. With their support, you’ll have a better idea of all of your options so you feel more confident about your decision.


If you’re considering adoption but worried about making the right choice, get in touch with our caring caseworkers. We will work with you to make sure you know all your options and you feel confident about your decision as a birth mother. No matter what your decision is, we’re just here to support you. Call or text us at any time to learn more about if adoption is right for you.