Many birth mothers who place their children into adoption do so after unplanned pregnancies. Their pregnancies catch them by surprise and force them to ask some tough questions. Should they keep the baby? Abort it? Or place it for adoption? These questions are hard for anyone, especially for young women suddenly faced with the idea of becoming moms.
Choosing to place your baby up for adoption is a big deal. There are plenty of good reasons why mothers choose adoption, but no one should ever suggest the decision isn’t large or difficult. Even when you know adoption is best for both you and your baby, it’s normal to experience moments of doubt or regret. So how can you cope?
Floridians know there is no love stronger than that between a parent and a child, even if the child isn’t biologically related to them.
For many years, the vast majority of adoptions were closed—meaning “secret.” The adoptive parents didn’t know who the birth mothers were, and the birth mothers didn’t know who were raising their child.
Adopting a child is a lengthy process that is legally complex and emotionally charged. Set aside the financial obligation. Prospective parents who are about to become legal parents need to not only prepare themselves on a personal level but also take actual steps to welcome their respective new additions.
This year’s National Adoption Week occurs from October 14th to the 20th. Since it’s inception, the event focuses on finding homes for children waiting to be adopted. This year, the emphasis is on kids who wait the longest to find a home. Considered priority children, they include:
Placing a child up for adoption is no small decision. A birth mother might recognize that it is in the child's best interests, but they might not be willing to sever all ties with their child or the adoptive parents.
For adopted children, the desire to know about their past is a common, if not inherent trait. Yet, laws prevented many from finding out about their origins and medical histories. Confidentiality prevented them from getting the answers they wanted and needed.
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 a beautiful decision—bringing love and joy to parents and children alike. Nonetheless, adoption comes with some unique challenges. One of these challenges is figuring out how and when to have the adoption conversation with your child.