You can change your mind at any time during your pregnancy or after the birth of your child. The time varies by state after the birth and when you sign your adoption papers. If at any time you feel you should parent, you should contact your adoption professional to discuss your options. Being honest in advance helps everyone and gives the adoptive parents the information to work through their disappointment.
Relinquishment documents are signed after you have given birth to your child. In most cases it can be between 48 -72 hours or in some states up to a few weeks after the birth or hospital discharge. You will be advised by an attorney or social worker. All states have different requirements on time frames.
Every state has different laws on when an adoption is irrevocable (meaning when the adoption cannot be reversed). It can be at signing or even up to 30 days. It is important that you speak with your adoption professional for your state specific laws regarding relinquishment and revocation periods. You want to sort out your feelings early on to be fair the adoptive parents and it’s better not to accept financial help if you aren’t sure of your decision. In some circumstances it can be viewed as adoption fraud if you accept financial help from adoptive parents with no intention of placing a child with them.