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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.

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Having trouble finding the perfect adoptive family online? Don’t be discouraged. American Adoptions is currently working with many adoptive families at all stages of the process — and not all of them are currently listed on our website. In addition, we work with a nationwide network of other adoption professionals that can help us conduct a wider search for exactly the family you’re looking for.

To discuss your preferences for an adoptive family and get help finding them, reach out to an adoption specialist by calling 1-800-ADOPTION at any time.

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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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