A note about the language used in this article: The words “give baby up for adoption” and “put baby up for adoption” are not the preferred terms used by adoption professionals. These words do not accurately represent the courage and strength of a birth mother. However, we use these terms in this article so that people can more easily find the information they are looking for, as these are the common terms used in society.
If you are a teenager experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, know that you are not alone. About 85% of teenage pregnancies are unintentional, affecting hundreds of thousands of young women each year. This is a very scary and stressful situation to find yourself in, and you likely have many questions. If you are a minor who is thinking about placing your child for adoption, read below to find the answers to some of the most common questions asked by pregnant teens.
How old do I Have To Be to Give my Baby up for Adoption in Tennessee?
As the mother of your child, you have the right to make an adoption plan at any age. However, you must be 14 years of age to consent to an adoption. If you are under the age of 14, your parents must also consent.
Do I need my Parents’ Permission to Place my Baby for Adoption?
If you are 14 years or older, you do not need your parents’ consent to place your child for adoption in Tennessee. It is your legal right to decide if adoption is the right choice for you and your child.
Can my Parents Force me to Give my Baby up for Adoption?
No. As your child’s parent, you have the right to decide if you want to parent or make an adoption plan. No one can legally force you into adoption, nor should anyone attempt to do so. Your parental rights are protected under state law and the Constitution.
While your parents do not have the legal right to force you into anything, they may use their influence to persuade you. As a minor, you likely would need their financial and emotional support to parent your child. By withholding this support, they can certainly assert their power over the situation.
Why do Teenagers put Their Babies up for Adoption?
Every circumstance is unique, but there are some common reasons teens choose adoption. Teenagers who choose to parent often face an uphill battle, and the statistics clearly show the impact it has on their lives. More than half of teen moms do not graduate from high school. Teen mothers are also more likely to live in poverty.
Will my Parents Play a Role in the Adoption?
It is entirely up to you whether or not your parents take part in your adoption journey. You are in control of making all the decisions about the adoption plan. You select the parents, the type of adoption you want and many other aspects of the process. If you would like your parents to be involved, you can certainly include them. However, if they are unsupportive, or you prefer to proceed without their input, you can do that as well.
As a Minor, can I Choose Who Adopts my Baby?
Yes, you will select an adoptive family for your baby. The adoption process for a teenager is no different than it is for women over the age of 18. You are always in full control of your adoption journey.
Can I place my Baby for Adoption if the Father is a Minor?
There are specific laws regarding the biological father’s rights in adoption. However, his age should not be a factor. We recommend you speak with an adoption professional to discuss your specific situation with the father and his consent.
How do I Place my Baby for Adoption in Tennessee?
The first step is to contact a licensed adoption agency in TN. You can call Destiny Adoption 24/7 and speak to one of our adoption specialists with no obligation at 865-392-6261. We will gladly answer all your questions.
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.