Adoption can be a loving and courageous parenting option. Although a challenging and difficult decision, it can help you offer your child the kind of life you want for them, but just can’t provide right now. You may not be ready to parent your child, but there are many couples who are.
Adoption isn’t what it used to be. Today, as the expectant mother, you are in control of all of the decisions related to the adoption:
- You are able to hand select your adoptive family and meet them if you wish, providing you with comforting reassurance that your child’s future is what you want it to be.
- You decide on the level of communication you want to maintain with your child and the family you choose for them.
In fact, there are a number of adoption plans or options to choose from which can be customized to fit your values:
- Open Adoption- allowing you to have ongoing visits with your child and their adoptive family.
- Semi-open Adoption- keeping up-to date with your child through letters and photos.
- Closed Adoption– choosing to have no ongoing contact with your child once he or she has been placed.
Adoption may be a good option for you for a number of reasons:
- You may have a fresh start
- You will be free from the responsibility of parenting before you are ready
- You can continue to pursue your goals and education/career without hindrance
- You may have plenty of time to plan for your and your baby’s future
- You can have the joy of knowing your child (even holding and naming him or her)
- You can decide whether you want a long-term relationship with the baby’s father
- You may work with an agency that will provide support and legal/medical services to you at no cost
- You will be able to choose the future you want for your baby
- You can have the peace and joy of knowing that you chose life for your baby
- Your child has the opportunity to thank you for the life you chose for him or her.
The Client Advocates at Woman to Woman are ready to answer any questions you may have about the option of adoption. They are also able to guide you to agencies that are committed to understanding your situation and listening to your concerns. These agencies can give you the professional help you need to make a wise decision for you and your family.