If you are facing unplanned pregnancy and feel that you will be unable to raise the child, than adoption is a great option. Adoption is when you choose someone else to parent your child. The placement of the child is permanent and all parental rights are legally transferred to the adoptive parents. The reasons for choosing this option are different for each individual.
You don’t want to be a single mother
You can’t afford to raise a child
You are unable to emotionally support a child
Your professional or educational goals hinder your ability to become a parent
You believe adoption is the best way to ensure your child’s well-being
It is important to remember that this is your decision to make and no one should pressure you in this matter. However it is always good to consult your family and friends to ensure that they support your decision.
There are two kinds of adoptions. Open and closed.
In an open adoption, the birth mother gets to choose the adoptive parents and meets them in person. They build a continued relationship as the child grows up. The amount of contact is agreed upon by both parties. An open adoption reassures the birth mother that her child is in a good family.
In a closed adoption, the birth mother and adoptive parents have limited or no information about each other and they do not contact each other after the adoption process is complete.
It is normal for you to have mixed emotions when pacing your child for adoption. Some people feel a sense of great loss after the placement is complete. However, talking with our counselors will help you work through these emotions and knowing that your child is in a family that loves and cares for her will give you a sense of comfort.