If you just found out you’re pregnant by surprise, you’re not alone. In the U.S., around half of all women will face an unplanned pregnancy in their life, and some choose adoption. The adoption decision is a personal one. Only you can know what’s best for your life and your current situation. It’s important to receive information and support if you’re thinking about adoption, and Lifetime is here to provide you with just that!
You’re in charge of your choice of the adoption process. You have the right to choose your baby’s adoptive parents, how things go at the hospital when it comes time for you to deliver, and how much you’d like to stay in touch with the adoptive family in the future. There are hundreds of wonderful adoptive families located throughout the U.S. Every state has adoption laws to protect you and to guide the adoptive couple. Lifetime Adoption can connect you to a licensed counseling and peer counseling at no cost, and we can also refer you to an adoption attorney so that you fully understand your rights with this process.
Why Do Women Choose Adoption?
Each birth mother has her own valid and unique reason for making an adoption plan. Here are some of the common reasons why women choose adoption:
- Can’t afford to raise a child.
- Not ready at this time in their life to become a parent.
- Don’t wish to be a single parent: they want more for their child.
- Desire to devote time, resources, and attention to the kids they already have and to be the best parent possible
- Need to finish school, focus on work, or accomplish other goals before becoming a mom.
- The guy they’re with isn’t “dad material.”
- Are in an abusive relationship
- Were sexually assaulted
- Believe adoption is the best opportunity for their baby to be well-cared for.
How Do I Decide if Adoption is the Best Choice for Me?
Adoption isn’t the answer for everyone, but it may be the right choice for you. We’re all about educating you so that you can make the best choice for you and your baby. If you want to learn more about open adoption, check out these resources:
When Do I Need to Decide If I Want to Choose Adoption?
In order to make the best decision for you and your baby, it’s important to take the time you need. It’s never too late to choose adoption!
Some women begin planning their baby’s adoption early on in their pregnancy, and others begin later in pregnancy. You can even start the adoption process at the hospital after the baby is born. There is no deadline on when you need to decide one way or the other on adoption. The timeline for creating an adoption plan depends on you and your needs and situation.