Advantages of Adoption for Pregnant Women
How Adoption Benefits Everyone Involved
Adoption is a beautiful decision because it can change your whole life, the life of your baby, and the lives of two hopeful parents. If you have decided that adoption is right for you, the advantages of adoption can be significant. When you make the call to begin your adoption, just a few of the advantages you will have are:
Adoption allows you to continue working toward your personal goals
Most modern adoptions are open, allowing you to remain an important part of your child’s life
There is no financial cost to you throughout your adoption
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.
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 and get emotional support and guidance. You may be feeling a lot of anxiety or fear, and that makes it difficult to see the advantages of adoption. We’re here to help.
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. To get more information about the advantages of adoption for pregnant women, reach out to an adoption professional today or call 1-800-ADOPTION.
Advantages of Adoption for Women
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
“Ten years later, and I am now going to school to begin my career as a Medical Practice Manager, and I honestly don’t think I would be in this place if it wasn’t for the support I received from American Adoptions,” said Brittnee, a birth mother who chose adoption for her baby. “Finding them has changed my life, and the life of that 5 lb. 6 oz. little girl I delivered that day.”
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. Open adoption allows birth mothers the opportunity to stay in contact with the adoptive family and their child through pictures, letters, emails, phone calls, visits and more. Today, more than 90 percent of domestic infant adoptions are at least semi-open.
“Today, my son is almost 2 years old. He is a proud big brother to a beautiful little girl. His adoptive mom and dad became pregnant four months after adopting him!” said Kelly. “We are in constant contact, sharing emails, pictures, cards, and we even Skype. I got to share his first Christmas with him last year.”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 you, the 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.
“I chose a family who will give everything that I’m unable to give right now, along with all of the love and support I could ever want for him,” said Abigail, a grateful birth mother.
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
Developing a meaningful relationship with 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.
“They are a very wonderful couple and now a very happy family. I am proud to have given them the gift of life they always wanted,” said Katie, a birth mom who gave a waiting couple the gift of a family through adoption.
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 get free adoption information.
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