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How to Find Buddhist Families Looking to Adopt

If you’re thinking about adoption for your baby, you’re most likely at a stressful point in your life. Whether you don’t feel ready to have a child or you simply don’t wish to be a mom at this point, you’ve got some big decisions to make in the coming weeks and months. It’s important to remember that, while you’re the only one who can make this choice for yourself and your baby, you’re by no means alone.

American Adoptions helps women of all backgrounds find the perfect adoptive families for their babies, and that includes Buddhist women. If you’re thinking about looking specifically at Buddhist adoptive families for your child, this article serves as an aid to help you with that process.

Why might a pregnant woman want to place her baby with a Buddhist family?

Whether a woman is Buddhist herself or just interested in the religion, there are many positive aspects to placing your child with a Buddhist adoptive family:

  • Buddhists believe in rebirth. Not to be confused with reincarnation, Buddhists believe that a person returns to earth, but not necessarily as the same being. After many cycles, when a person has released any attachment to desire and self, they can achieve Nirvana.

  • Buddhists have three primary practices: Sila, Samadhi and Prajna. Sila is the practice of virtue, good conduct and morality. Samadhi focuses on concentration and mental development through meditation. Prajna is at the center of Buddhism and refers to wisdom and enlightenment.

  • Buddhists have five precepts, or rules to live by.

    1. Do not kill.

    2. Do not steal.

    3. Do not lie.

    4. Do not misuse sex.

    5. Do not consume alcohol or other drugs.

  • Buddhists believe in the Four Noble Truths:

    1. Dukkha: Suffering exists.

    2. Samudaya: There is a cause for suffering.

    3. Nirodha: There is an end to suffering.

    4. Magga: In order to end suffering, you must follow the Eightfold Path, which describes in more detail the three primary practices or training focuses.

If you feel strongly about finding a Buddhist adoptive family for your child, this can absolutely be facilitated. You can use this tool on our website to search through families who are currently active by religion, but we recommend speaking with an adoption specialist to work on finding a perfect match. Please know that not all of the families we work with at any given point have reached the stage of putting their profile online, so it’s likely that you’re not seeing every American Adoptions family who practices Buddhism. You can reach an adoption specialist any time at 1-800-ADOPTION for more information about additional Buddhist adoptive families we are currently working with.

Questions to Ask a Prospective Buddhist Family

Getting to know your child’s prospective adoptive parents can be intimidating, and it may be especially hard to bring up religion immediately. If, however, it’s important to you to learn more about a prospective adoptive family’s faith, try coming prepared with a list of questions such as the following:

  • What drew you to Buddhism? Were you born into it, or did you convert?

  • What is your religious community like?

  • Why are Buddhist values important to you?

  • What is your own religious background like? What was your experience growing up as a Buddhist?

  • How do you plan to teach your children about Buddhism?

What other questions should you ask when searching for a Buddhist prospective adoptive family?

Once you’ve narrowed down what you’re looking for in terms of a family’s religion, there will be a few additional questions to ask yourself about the qualities that are important to you. Your adoption specialist will have you consider details like:

  • Where do you want your baby to grow up? As a national adoption agency, American Adoptions works with families from different regions of the country, which can lead to very different lifestyles.

  • Do you want your child to have siblings? Would you prefer to place your baby with a family who already has kids, or is it important to you to match with a family who has struggled with infertility?

  • What other values are important to you in a prospective adoptive family? Obviously, you’ll align with the family’s religious beliefs, but would you want to share stances on things like politics and work ethics as well?

Remember that American Adoptions can help to find your ideal adoptive parents, no matter who they may be. For more information about finding Buddhist adoptive families, please call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION, or request free information here