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Benefits of Adoption

The benefits of adoption can be felt by a countless number of people across the United States, as nearly everyone has been touched by adoption in some way. Neighbors, friends, relatives, in-laws – Most of us know at least one person who has benefited from adoption.

While everyone involved in the adoption greatly benefits from adoption, these benefits are unique to each party.

Adoptive Family Benefits

The majority of people work their entire lives to prepare for starting a family one day. However, there are a significant number of couples who, once they reach that point in their lives, are unable to conceive a child due to infertility.

These couples see their lives come to a halt and constantly wonder when they will become pregnant. The couple may seek infertility treatments, which are expensive and can result in drastic physical and emotional changes. For many, the treatments are unsuccessful.

Eventually, the couple comes to a decision that all they want is to become parents, and it doesn’t matter how.

The day the couple chooses adoption, it signifies the end of their struggles with infertility. It signifies that they are ready and will soon become a mom and dad.

Adoption benefits the couple because they now have a child to share their lives with, to teach right from wrong, and to carry on their name. The child gives the parents a reason to wake up in the morning and to go to bed at night. Everything truly revolves around the child, and the parents often wonder why they waited so long to choose adoption.

For those reasons, the opportunity to experience parenthood is the greatest benefit some couples could ever hope for, which may not have been possible without adoption.

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Birth Mother Benefits

Adoption benefits the birth mother as much as anyone, if not more.

For a woman, unexpectedly learning that she is pregnant can be one of the most stressful times she can ever endure. The pregnancy can halt her education, career and other goals she may have. Furthermore, she may not have the finances or a partner in her life to help raise the child, making her situation more difficult.

The woman may be in high school or college when she learns that she is pregnant, and raising the child will undoubtedly put either a temporary or permanent hold on her education. If she doesn’t have parents willing to support her or help look after the child, she may struggle balancing one or two jobs while raising the child. Indeed, an unplanned pregnancy can send a woman’s life into a tailspin if she doesn’t have the proper support system. 

These reasons are why many women selflessly choose adoption for their baby. They may consider raising the child themselves, but women who choose adoption understand that they are not ready to become parents at this time in their lives.

In summation, adoption benefits the birth mother because it grants her a second chance at receiving an education and fulfilling her goals, while ensuring her that her child will be raised in a home with a loving family who have always dreamed of being parents.

For most birth mothers, knowing that their child is safe and happy is the biggest benefit of all.

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Adoptee Benefits

What do Faith Hill, Jesse Jackson, Steve Jobs, Dave Thomas, Gerald Ford and John Lennon all have in common? They, among many other celebrities, were adopted.

How would their lives have turned out if adoption wasn’t chosen for them as kids? Would they still have attained stardom? Because these celebrities were placed for adoption, they were given a multitude of opportunities that they may not have otherwise had.

Clearly, not all adopted children will one day become household names, but that doesn’t diminish the impact adoption has on a child’s opportunities, resulting in a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Simply being provided a safe household and loving parents is a benefit in itself. Adoptive parents are often financially sound as well, so adopted children will be provided the things they need to succeed in life, with the chance to attend college near the top of the list.

But perhaps more importantly is the fact that an adopted child knows she has two parents who love her, as well as a biological mother who loves her so much that she selflessly chose the best life possible for her child. The feeling a child receives knowing that she is loved is immeasurable, and it’s obvious a loved child will carry that love and confidence wherever life may take her.

This is truly a benefit that any mother would want for her child.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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