If you have your baby adopted, it means that someone else becomes the baby's parents and you give the baby away.

Adoptions are arranged by adoption agencies but are made legally binding by the courts. Once granted, an adoption order is final and cannot be undone. It ends the legal relationship between the child and the birth parents and establishes a new one with the adoptive parents.

An Adoption Order would mean that you were no longer the mother or father of the baby. A new family would become the baby's parents. You and your partner as the birth parents no longer have any legal rights over the child and you are not entitled to claim them back. Your child becomes a full member of someone else's family. Your child will take someone else's surname and assume the same rights and privileges as if they had been born to them.

Once you have made the decision to have your child adopted, the first thing you need to do is contact your local adoption agency. After this, your adoption agency may ask you to a meeting where you can meet and chat with social workers. To find out more, please click here

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