Are you considering adoption?
Choosing adoption for their children is a brave and empowering decision for women facing unexpected pregnancy to make. You might be thinking about adoption for any of the following reasons:
- You aren’t mature enough to parent
- You aren’t prepared to parent but don’t want an abortion
- You don’t feel emotionally or financially prepared to parent
- You’re still in school or heavily focused on career
- You don’t have an established emotional support system
Making an adoption plan for your child is selfless, loving, and often a very difficult decision for a woman to make. There are a number of myths and rumors surrounding adoption that we will briefly discuss to give you a better idea of what adoption really looks like.
I don’t want decisions made for me or for my body.
They won’t be! Did you know, as the birth mother, that you are in control of virtually every aspect of the adoption process? From choosing the adoptive family to deciding on how much time you’d like to spend with the child after he or she is born, you get to choose it all.
If I choose adoption, won’t my child hate me?
It’s been reported that 90% of adopted children over the age of five have positive feelings regarding their adoption. Children are perceptive, and very often recognize the value of their adoption. They know that they have been loved.
Will my child truly be loved if he or she is being raised by another family?
Yes! Did you know that well over half of all adopted children eat dinner with their families at least 6 times per week? And 9 out of 10 adoptive couples say the relationship they have with their adopted children is “very close.” Many families seeking to adopt do so because they are unable to have children, and they deeply desire to be parents.
If you are unexpectedly pregnant and interested in discussing your option to adopt, schedule an appointment at the Center for Women. Our staff can answer any of your questions and provide you with the information you need on all of your options.