An unplanned pregnancy can be a joyous occasion for most but can be a source of confusion and uncertainty for others. If you’re pregnant, it’s important to understand all of your options. If you’ve chosen adoption after receiving parenting, adoption, and abortion information from a trusted women’s health provider, here are a few things you need to know.
The Blessing of Adoption
Choosing adoption will bring immense joy into the lives of a couple who are unable to conceive a child, and there are 135,000 such adoptions in the U.S. every year. Adopted children are no different than others regarding their well-being; in fact, adopted children experience the happiness that comes along with knowing they are wanted. You, as their birth mother, are choosing to give them a chance at life, and their adopted families are choosing to raise them.
Types of Adoption
You can contact an adoption agency or lawyer to understand your options and how you’d like to go through with the adoption process. The legality of adoption may depend on where you live, so it’s important to consult with a legal professional. Open, partially open, and confidential adoptions all entail different levels of involvement with the child, their adoptive family, and the selection of the child’s adoptive family. Additionally, there are:
- Agency adoptions, in which an adoption agency facilitates between you and the adoptive family
- Independent adoptions, which are facilitated by an attorney after you and the adoptive family have chosen one another
Only you can decide what is best, though many women who are not ready for parenthood do opt for adoption after receiving abortion information. Above all, never tell yourself that you are “giving up on” or “giving away” your baby. On the contrary, you are empowering yourself and your child by choosing the best life possible for them.