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As a pregnant teen, should you consider adoption?

Many young women dream of having children one day. Though, most often, they believe that will (or should) happen when they’re ready. However, life doesn’t always go according to plan. You could get pregnant before you have the financial, emotional or physical capacity to raise a child.  

Adoption is one way you might be able to provide a loving home for your unborn child. Deciding to bring your pregnancy to term in order to grant custody of your child to someone else is a life-altering decision. However, there are some questions you might ask yourself as you determine what choice to make. 

Should I give my child up for adoption?

No matter what you decide to do, there’s no way to ensure you won’t question your decision. However, considering multiple facets of a possible adoption might help you decide whether you’re ready to raise a child.

Here are some of the things you might want to consider: 

  • You may aspire to graduate from college or start a business of your own. Will you be able to prosper in your own pursuits while raising a child? 
  • A support system is essential. Will your friends and family maintain close relationships with you after you become a mom? 
  • It is extremely expensive to provide for the medical attention, daycare and immediate needs of an infant. Can you afford the financial cost of being a parent? 
  • Your child will thrive in a stable home environment. Are you in a position to maintain consistency in daily scheduling, daycare and bonding time? 
  • You likely want to set a good example for your child. How do you think you would feel if your child emulated your lifestyle choices? 

Regardless of how much love you have to offer, you might decide you aren’t currently prepared to raise a child. However, you might find comfort in knowing that someone else is positioned to provide everything you desire for your little one. 

Ultimately, you may determine that providing a good life for your newborn is what’s in the best interest of your child—even if that means your child is no longer yours. An attorney experienced in adoption can walk you through the process—and help you understand your birth mother rights.

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