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Advantages of Adoption for Pregnant Women

How Adoption Can Positively Affect You and Your Baby

Adoption is a decision that can change your whole life. Not only that — it can also change the life of your baby and two hopeful parents.

Adoption isn’t necessarily the right choice for everyone. It’s worth thinking long and hard about this decision. But if adoption is right for you, the advantages of adoption can be significant.

Those who work at American Adoptions and other adoption agencies are able to see the advantages of adoption for themselves every day. But women facing an unplanned pregnancy are often unaware of these adoption advantages — at least at first. The fact that you are considering adoption means that you are trying to make a very difficult choice. You may be feeling a lot of anxiety or fear, and that makes it difficult to see the advantages of adoption. Before going any further, you should know that you can call the American Adoptions hotline 24/7 to speak with an adoption specialist about your situation.

Even though things may seem difficult right now, there are real adoption advantages for pregnant women, the children they place for adoption and the adoptive families who are grateful for the opportunity to become parents.

Advantages of Adoption for Women

  • Adoption allows expectant mothers to continue working toward their personal goals
  • Most modern adoptions are open, allowing a birth mother to remain an important part of her child’s life
  • There is no financial cost to expectant mothers considering adoption

An unplanned pregnancy may halt a woman’s education, career and other goals she wants to accomplish before raising a child. To make things more complicated, she may not have the finances necessary to care for a child or a partner to help raise the child. Many women can’t imagine getting an abortion, but they also know they aren’t ready to become a parent at this point in their lives.

By choosing adoption, a woman can have a chance at receiving her education, beginning or continuing her career, or even getting married, all while ensuring that her child will be raised by loving parents. For most women, knowing that their child is safe and happy is the most important advantage to adoption of all.

A 1998 study reported that unwed mothers who chose adoption had more success later in life than women who chose to be single parents. Women who chose adoption:

  • were more likely to finish school
  • were less likely to live in poverty and receive public assistance
  • were more likely to marry and less likely to divorce
  • were more likely to delay marriage and other children
  • were more likely to be employed a year after the baby was born
  • were less likely to be pregnant again out-of-wedlock

If you are considering adoption, one of the biggest advantages to adoption is the ability to still be a part of your child’s life. As cultural understanding of adoption has strengthened, open adoption has become much more common. Open adoption allows birth mothers the opportunity to stay in contact with the adoptive family and their child through pictures, letters, emails, phone calls and sometimes even visits. Today, more than 90 percent of domestic infant adoptions are at least semi-open.

This concept may seem scary at first, but after a little research it is clear that this is one of the advantages of adoption. Open adoption can be beneficial to the birth mother, adoptive parents and child. As a potential birth mother, you’ll be able to see firsthand that your child is happy, and you can help reassure him or her that you chose adoption out of love.

Advantages of Adoption for Children

  • The chance to grow up in a safe, loving home
  • A life full of opportunity
  • The knowledge that both an adoptive family and birth mother love you

Children who were adopted can experience the advantages of adoption every day. Your child will have the chance to grow up in a loving family of your choice, and he or she will have opportunities and resources that you might not be able to provide at this stage of your life. Growing up in a two-parent home with parents who have been ready to raise a child for years greatly increases the possibility that your child will have a wonderful childhood full of opportunities. Research continues to show that children who were adopted grow up as well adjusted as their peers, especially when they have continued healthy contact with their birth parents.

It’s common for expectant mothers considering adoption to worry about what their child will think of them one day. As each child grows up and begins to form their own self-identity, they’ll have questions about adoption. Because adoption is more open today, there is a better chance that, as a birth mother, you can answer those questions directly. Because of this, you and the adoptive parents can help a child build a positive perspective of adoption. As this happens, a child can come to understand that adoption was chosen out of love. They can know that they are loved not only by their adoptive family, but also by their birth mother.

Advantages of Adoption for Adoptive Families

  • Fulfilling their dreams of becoming a parent
  • Providing much-needed care and support to a potential birth mother
  • A lifelong journey with a child

Hopeful parents come to adoption for several different reasons. It’s estimated that more than 10 percent of families face infertility issues. Many spend years and thousands of dollars seeking unsuccessful infertility treatments, which can be a source of significant pain and grief. Other parents may seek adoption because they believe it is the right choice for their family. Increasingly, LGTBQ couples are choosing adoption as a way to fulfill their dream of becoming parents.

Whatever the reason is for choosing adoption, the first obvious adoption advantage is the chance to become parents. Parenthood is a unique joy because it is also a challenge. You appreciate it more because of the hard work it takes. And no matter how hard it may seem, it’s always worth it.

As an expectant mother, understanding the advantages of adoption for adoptive families can help you see how much a family is going to love your baby. The road most families take to adoption isn’t easy. The chance to love a child is their dream, and the opportunity to adopt your baby is what they have been waiting for.

You can find out more about the advantages of adoption with American Adoptions by calling one of our adoption specialists today at 1-800-ADOPTION, or by requesting free adoption information.

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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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