Usually refers to placements of infants who are newborns and have not been placed in temporary homes.
Such an adoption may be an AT RISK PLACEMENT and is usually done to facilitate bonding between the adoptive parents and the child. The birthmother may not have signed formal consents, or appropriate court actions may not yet have taken place. However, the social worker or attorney believes the adoption will go forth, and the birthmother has expressed the wish that the child be placed immediately from the hospital.
Immediate placement differs from DESIGNATED ADOPTION in which the birthparents select the adopting parents. The placement of the child with the adoptive family may or may not follow the infant's discharge from the hospital, depending on state laws, the wishes of the individuals involved, the advice of the social worker and other factors. (See also BONDING AND ATTACHMENT.)
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