Adoption, is it an option?

One thing is certain; adoption has changed a lot in this generation. You are in the driver’s seat when making an adoption plan. Today the birth mother is respected and empowered. She chooses the parents she wants for her child from resumes and interviews. Sometimes, birth families and adoptive families get to know each other and even become friends during the pregnancy. Any degree of openness after the baby is born that is mutually agreed upon can be arranged. Adoption can be an excellent solution to an unplanned pregnancy. Could adoption be right for you?

With adoption:

Your unplanned pregnancy ends with giving life.
You can feel positive and proud of your choice.
You will have plenty of time to plan your future and your baby’s future.
You can choose to hold, name and love your baby.
You can choose to have continued contact with your baby.

Adoption is a welcome alternative to raising a child a woman feels unprepared to raise. According to the National Committee for Adoption, there are 1.5 million American couples wanting to adopt children. Yet each year, while 1.6 million pregnancies are being terminated, only 50,000 new children are made available for adoption. For every couple that adopts, another 40 wait in line. It is definitely something to consider if you do not feel parenting is an option for you.

(Read more about parenting, though. There are many resources available for parents through Informed Choices and throughout our community.)