Can You Put Your Child Up for Adoption at Any Age?

At many adoption agencies, including American Adoptions, 4 years old is generally considered the maximum age to put a child up for adoption. Instead, seeking out local resources that can ease the burden of parenting is usually the best option for children in this age range.

What happens when you put a child up for adoption?

Yes, you can put your child up for adoption after birth. You can choose to place a child for adoption weeks or months after he or she has been born. Even if you’ve taken your child home and have been caring for him or her, you can still choose adoption if you feel it’s the right course of action for you and your child.

Can I put my 5 year old up for adoption?

At 5 years old, a child is near the top age range of what most adoption agencies are capable of placing. Unfortunately, there are fewer families who are looking to adopt a 5-year-old child through private domestic adoption.

Can I put my 4 year old up for adoption?

As you are considering how to put a child up for adoption at 4 years old, the most viable organization to reach out to will be your local department of child and family services. With that being said, it must be understood that you typically cannot voluntarily place a child into the foster care system.