The decision to place your baby for adoption can be a difficult one to make, and you may have moments when you wonder if you’re doing the right thing. Each situation is different, of course, but it’s important to remember that adoption can be an incredible gift to your baby. Here are four of the many benefits of adoption that can make a great impact on your child’s life.
A Big, Loving Family
Perhaps you’re single and expecting, or you don’t have an extended family or strong community to offer your child. Adoption can give your baby the experience of a close-knit and extended family.
All adoptive families are carefully screened and approved to ensure they will provide your child with a great family-structure and life, and you can choose where your child is placed. Whether you would love to see your baby grow up with siblings or as an only child, in a religious family or not, or if you’re looking for specific preferences for them, the family life you want for your child is out there.
An Expanded Definition of “Family”
Family is more about who you love than whose genes you carry; as an adopted baby, your child will have a special understanding of the many ways a family can be defined. If you choose to have an open adoption, meaning you maintain contact with the family over the years, you might expand that definition even more by continuing to a be a positive influence in your child’s life as she grows with her adoptive family.
Each adoption is different; the biological mother and the adoptive parents work together to choose a situation that feels best for everyone involved, especially the child. In some cases, this includes regular visits; in others, it’s a matter of keeping each other up-to-date about where you’re living and even sharing annual school photos. Regardless of the way your relationship is set up with the adoptive family, your child grows up with a large extended family that includes not only their new adoptive family and extended family, but yours as well. They have even more people to love them!
Resources and Opportunities
If you’re not able to provide the schools, health care, sports, arts, summer camps, family vacations, and home life (and, eventually, colleges and career connections) that you want your child to experience, placing your baby for adoption opens a new world of possibility. Many parents want to give their children opportunities they never had, but not all parents are able to do so. By placing your baby for adoption, you’re doing something many parents only wish they could do – opening more doors for your child. The resources the adoptive parents can provide will have a positive impact on your child’s health, happiness, and success, giving her the best chance for a bright, beautiful future.
For prospective parents, the adoption process can not only take quite some time, but requires them to jump through a lot of hoops to ensure that they are ready and willing to provide your baby with the best life possible, so you know they have been preparing for a long time and have put a lot of thought and effort into this process. They want a baby and are ready to provide a nurturing, safe, and enriching environment for the child.
A Strong, Selfless Biological Mother
As your child grows with his or her adoptive parents, the child will come to understand how strong and determined his or her biological mother is, and how much love went into the decision to place him or her for adoption. Choosing to place the baby isn’t selfish or weak; in fact, it’s the very opposite. Choosing adoption means recognizing you want more for your baby than you can provide, and you’re willing to do what it takes to ensure your child is cared for and given the opportunities that will help him or her grow into an intelligent, kind, capable adult. That’s a legacy any mother would be proud to leave for her child.
Only you can decide whether adoption is the right choice for you, but you can rest assured there are many benefits for you, the adoptive parents, and your baby.
We’re here to help you learn more about the adoption process and what it can mean for your child’s future; if you decide to move ahead with adoption, we’ll guide you through the process and help you find the perfect family to offer the benefits of adoption to your child.