Can a Jehovah's Witness Give a Baby Up for Adoption?
If you’re a pregnant Jehovah’s Witness considering your unplanned pregnancy options, it’s likely that you’re under a good deal of stress. Whether you don’t feel ready to parent or you aren’t sure you can give your child the life you want for them at this point, you may be wondering what your next move should be. You may even wonder, “Can a Jehovah’s Witness give a baby up for adoption?” (The answer, of course, is yes.) While it’s undoubtedly a difficult time in your life, we hope you’ll remember two things. The first is that you are not alone; many women have been in this position before, and many will in the future.
The second thing to remember is that you and you alone are capable of making this decision for yourself. While there are certainly resources to help you make this choice — and we consider ourselves to be one of those resources — only you know what’s best for your baby. Many women who are in this situation have strong religious beliefs that influence their choices. If you are wondering if a Jehovah’s Witness can give a baby up for adoption with American Adoptions, that answer is a resounding yes. We can even help you find an adoptive couple that are also Jehovah’s Witnesses!
How can a Jehovah’s Witness give baby up for adoption?
A Jehovah’s Witness will pursue adoption using the same general steps that most women do, keeping in mind the important facets of your religion along the way.
Step 1: Choose adoption. The first step in the adoption process is, of course, choosing to pursue adoption. It is possible for a Jehovah’s Witness to give a baby up for adoption, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for every woman facing this choice. We always encourage women who are wondering about their religion’s take on adoption to talk to a member of their community they look up to, but you are also always welcome to call 1-800-ADOPTION for free, unbiased information.
Step 2: Work with your adoption specialist to determine an adoption plan. When you choose to pursue adoption with American Adoptions, you get to call the shots. You’ll be assigned to your own adoption specialist, who will help you to determine how exactly you want your adoption process to go and then help you to implement that. It will always be up to you to create an adoption plan you are comfortable with and that respects your personal religious beliefs.
Step 3: Find a Jehovah’s Witness adoptive family. If one of your thoughts right now is, “I’m looking for a Jehovah’s Witness family to adopt my baby,” that’s absolutely something that can be facilitated. Many women want their child to be raised in their own religions, so it’s normal to want one of Jehovah’s Witnesses to adopt your baby. This will ensure that your child is raised with the same belief system that’s important to you, and you’ll also have the opportunity to meet them and learn about what you have in common.
Step 4: Get to know the family you choose. At America Adoptions, we always recommend openness, or communication, in an adoption situation whenever possible. Whether you wish to communicate with your child’s prospective adoptive parents via emails, phone calls, in-person visits or more, your adoption specialist can help to arrange this so that you can get to know the family who will raise your child. This relationship-building process may even be easier if you’re looking for a Jehovah’s Witness family to adopt your baby, as that already gives you quite a bit in common!
Step 5: Plan for your hospital stay. Like all pregnant women, you’ll need to plan how you want the day of your delivery to go. However, when considering adoption, you’ll need to go into a little more detail. Do you want the adoptive parents in the room? Do you want time alone with your baby? Do you want to nurse your baby? Your adoption specialist will help you to work through all of these details and more so that, when the day comes, it goes exactly as you want it to.
Step 6: Continue to stay in contact with your child’s adoptive family. After your baby has gone home with his or her adoptive family, we encourage you to continue to build that sense of openness in your adoptive relationship. Please know that, like all other relationships, it can evolve over time. If you need space and time in the beginning to grieve your loss, it’s completely okay for you to take that and eventually become more communicative as your comfort levels change. It’s completely up to you and your child’s adoptive parents.
If you’re a Jehovah’s Witness wanting to give a baby up for adoption or to learn more about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION. We can talk to you about your different unplanned pregnancy options and, if you ultimately decide to get help looking for a Jehovah’s Witness family to adopt your baby, we can facilitate that as well.
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