Legal Rights

Legal Rights for Birth Mothers

As a birth mother, you cannot sign final adoption papers with an adoption agency in Minnesota until at least 72 hours after birth. After you sign the final adoption papers, you have 10 working days to change your mind before the papers become final. You do not need legal representation to complete an adoption through an agency in Minnesota, but you are welcome to obtain this at any point in the process, and you can request these legal fees be paid by the adoptive family you have chosen, although they are not required to pay these fees.

As a birth mother, you may change your mind about adoption at any point until the 10-day revocation period for your adoption consents has passed. At New Life, we encourage you to take your time in making a final decision. Our Expectant Parent Social Workers will support you no matter what you decide.

Legal Rights for Birth Fathers

In Minnesota, birth fathers may have a legal right to be involved in the adoption, depending on the situation. New Life generally encourages birth fathers to be involved in the adoption planning if possible. If the birth father is not involved, we will take the necessary steps to ensure that an adoption is completed legally and securely.

If you are a birth father, or think you may be one, New Life sees you as an important part of the process and we encourage you to call us with your questions or your concerns. Our Expectant Parent Social Workers can meet with you individually or together with the birth mother.  Depending on the situation, you may be required to have some involvement in the legal process of the adoption. You do not need legal representation to complete an adoption in Minnesota, but you are welcome to obtain this at any point in the process.

About New Life Family Services

At New Life Family Services, we compassionately open our doors and our hearts to women and men who believe abortion is the “only” solution to an unplanned pregnancy. Through practical and spiritual counsel, we provide education and support with the hope each client will make a life-affirming decision for their unborn child.

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