Why Consider Adoption?
Women choose adoption for any number of reasons. While one expectant mother might find finances to be her biggest concern, another might see that as the least of her worries. Choosing adoption for your child is a very personal decision, and no two scenarios are exactly alike. If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, there are some issues that are more common when birthmothers consider adoption for their child.
Some birthmothers feel that without a stable income, they cannot provide their child with the type of life they feel that their child deserves. It can seem overwhelming to suddenly have another person who depends on you both financially and emotionally.
The Desire for a Two Parent Household
Many birthmothers experiencing an unplanned pregnancy find themselves without a present or invested partner. Due to personal or moral beliefs, or even past experience, some feel that having a two-parent home is an absolute must for any child that they are bringing into the world.
Reaching Your Goals
Perhaps you still need to earn your GED. Or maybe you’d like to finish college. You may even be invested in a career that would make it difficult for you to parent. While the average age of a birthmother is in her early 20s, some are younger and some are older. The recognition of the need for things like a high school diploma or a college degree are reasons that a birthmother considers giving up her baby for adoption.
Lack of Support
While some mothers and fathers are able to continue on with their education or lifestyle after the decision to parent, this is not the case for a vast number of birthmothers. If your parents, other family members or friends do not support the pregnancy or option of parenting, it may seem scary to make an attempt at parenting without a support system.
In the end, the decision to place a child for adoption is rarely based on one reason alone. Many reasons often come together to form the final decision, and it is not a decision that should be taken lightly. You could even say that it is not a decision that should be made alone. Our adoption coordinators are here to walk you through it.