Adoption is a state by state issue. Therefore, the consent and revocation time frames vary. A mom in Georgia revoked 2 days after signing. But the hopeful adoptive parents already have possession and refuse to give the baby back. Law enforcement refuses to get involved. So this new mother now needs a court order from a judge ordering the return of HER child, before law enforcement will get involved. Her attorney wants a $2,500 retainer to do this. This is not the first case I am aware of where the hopeful adoptive parents refuse to allow the mother’s revocation. It is always expensive and messy.
So mama’s don’t let your babies be adopted (borrowing from an old song about cowboys). As adoption reform efforts continue, more and more expectant mothers, who might have given their children up for adoption, are now changing their minds, even if they previously agreed to let their babies be adopted. A website for LINK>Adoption Birth Mothers has a chart for the adoption laws by state.
Important Points to know and consider –
Adoption Consent forms should NEVER be signed before birth. At that point, the pregnancy is still not real and a mother cannot consent to relinquish an idea or concept.
Consent to relinquish should NEVER be signed while the mother is still in the hospital. She is still recovering form the birth and is also frequently on pain medications.
It is ILLEGAL to force or coerce a mother to sign away the rights to her child by threatening to make her “pay back” medical bills or expenses, but these tactics DO happen every day in the USA with very little recourse. Often mothers will lose their children to adoption after being threatened.
No matter how much an agency or adoptive parents have supported an expectant mother before her baby is born; SHE HAS THE RIGHT TO CHANGE HER MIND and NOT agree to an Adoption.
The Revocation Time Frame represents the amount of time a parent who has already signed the consent form has to go back to the agency and revoke their consent to adoption. The adoption industry prefers states like Florida, where once a mother consents to adoption, she has NO TIME to change her mind. It’s really quite insane that you can go back to the store and return a purchase, or even return a car or cancel airline reservations or pull a bid for a house, but you can sign away your motherhood with no recourse. PLEASE NOTE – that even if a mother has the legal right to revoke consent and does so during the allowed time frame, there is NO guaranteeing that she will get her baby back.
As the lyrics in the Bad Company song Gone, Gone, Gone say –
It ain’t the first time baby
Baby it won’t be the last