Putting up a baby for adoption in Los Angeles
Thinking of giving your baby up for adoption?
If you are considering adoption for your baby, we are here to support and assist you as you explore your options. We try not to use terms like “put up” or “give up” because those words have nothing to do with how we feel about the courageous choice of adoptive placement. However, these are also the most frequently used search terms for researching adoption and we want this information to reach everyone who needs it.
This page provides you with local resources and information about Pregnancy Resource Centers, Pregnancy Clinics/Family Planning providers, and hospitals in Los Angeles with birthing centers.
We have additional information and resources for all of California on our California State Page.
Pregnancy Resource Centers in and near Los Angeles
If you think that you may be pregnant, having it confirmed as early as possible is important for both you and your baby. Pregnancy Resource Centers, sometimes also called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are usually not-for-profit clinics where you can go to take a free pregnancy test. If the test shows that you are pregnant, you can get a document (Proof of Pregnancy) that confirms this. The Proof of Pregnancy document is needed if you plan to apply for Medi-Cal coverage for your prenatal care.
Most Pregnancy Resource Centers are not staffed by medical personnel, and do not distribute contraceptives. Many are connected to pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all are religious. Pregnancy Resource Centers (or Crisis Pregnancy Centers) located in Los Angeles County and near Los Angeles, California are:
Pregnancy Clinics and Low Cost Clinics Serving Los Angeles County
Clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can help you with prenatal care and family planning. They perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute birth control. Los Angeles County has many clinics that provide prenatal care:
- Eisner Health (multiple locations)
- O.A.D.S. Community Care Clinic
- South Bay Family Health Care
- H.E. Clinics (To Help Everyone)
- Westside Family Health Center
Information about health coverage for pregnancy care that is available for women in Los Angeles with limited financial resources is provided at Covered California.
Hospitals In Los Angeles, California With Birthing Centers
There are several hospitals in or near Los Angeles that have birthing centers:
- The BirthPlace Santa Monica
- The BirthPlace Westwood
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- Centinela Hospital Medical Center
- Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center
- East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
- West Hills Hospital and Medical Center
- White Memorial Medical Center
Additional Local Resources
- Downtown Women’s Center
- Good Shepherd Center
- Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
- World Harvest Food Bank
If you want to read more about adoption laws and regulations in both the United States and California, please visit our Adoption in California page.
Adoption Information If You Are Pregnant in Los Angeles, California
You may have thought about adoption for your baby, or are still considering it, but are not sure where to start. We are here to assist you if you have questions about adoption or want to explore if it might be right for you and your baby