We have pregnancy and adoption resources and referrals to help you with the things you need right now.
Follow the links on the right to learn about how you can get help.
You may have found our website by doing a Google search for “giving a baby up for adoption” or “putting your baby up for adoption.” We’re here to help you learn more about adoption, and to educate you that open adoption isn’t saying goodbye forever.
With open adoption, you aren’t giving your baby away; you’re choosing the life you want for your child. Open adoption allows you to choose the adoptive parents for your child, as well as to remain in contact with your child and child’s adoptive parents through the years. By staying in touch through pictures, letters, phone calls, and visits, you can know how your child is doing as he or she grows up.
Families waiting to adopt come from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. You can choose an adoptive family who live in a particular area of the U.S., have financial stability, follow a certain religion, or a family where the wife will be a stay-at-home mom, for example.
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Why Do Women Choose Adoption?
Whether you’ve just found out you’re pregnant or have been thinking about adoption for some time, we’re here to help. It’s never too early or too late to choose adoption. Women have a variety of reasons for choosing adoption. Here are some common reasons a woman chooses adoption:
- Not ready right now in her life to be a parent.
- Doesn’t have the resources and money to raise a child.
- Situations that would prevent parenting, such as a jail sentence or mental illness.
- Doesn’t want to be a single parent, and she wants her child to be in a solid, two-parent family
- Past involvement with Child Protective Services
- College plans
- No support from the baby’s father
- Opportunity for a solid future
Is Adoption Right For Me?
Only you can come to a decision about what’s right for you. It may help to make a list of the advantages and disadvantages when you’re trying to decide if adoption is the right pregnancy choice for you. Think about what you’d like to provide for your child, as well as how you feel about adoption. What do you desire for your life and for your family? Here are some questions you might ask yourself to decide whether adoption is right for you:
- Am I prepared right now, emotionally and financially, to be a parent?
- If I had a child right now, how would that affect my future?
- Do I feel like adoption is right for me?
- Is anyone making me do adoption?
- Are there people in my life who will support me through my pregnancy and adoption plan?
- What are my views about other women have done adoption?
- Is what others think about my choice important is it to me?
Consider what your answers to these questions mean to you. You might talk about your answers with a family member, friend, your partner, or a counselor. Once you’re ready to learn more about adoption, call the National Adoption Hotline at 1-800-923-6602 to get connected to adoption resources. The best way you can decide if adoption is the right choice for you is by learning more!