Can I Place My Baby for Adoption if I am Pregnant and Addicted?
If you are struggling with addiction and find yourself unexpectedly pregnant, adoption is a viable option for you. Adoption Choices of Colorado is more than willing to work with you on deciding what is best for your unborn child. While we maintain that we are not a treatment facility, we are more than willing to help you with your adoption plan and find resources to keep you from drug abuse.
A Support System
Navigating drug addiction is an immensely difficult task. It is something that cannot be done alone. If you find yourself pregnant and addicted, it is encouraged that you seek support and work on getting yourself sober. We are more than happy to provide you with regular counseling while you contemplate adoption and other options of child-rearing.
You don’t need to be fearful seeking adoption support while struggling with an addiction to drug abuse. The choices you make for your child are still yours to make. We want to help you to find resources to keep you sober, so you are best equipped to make these choices.
A Healthy Pregnancy
Addiction carries a series of challenges, chief amongst them being a devotion to drugs above all things. This can make it extremely hard to have a healthy pregnancy. If you find yourself pregnant and addicted, it is essential that you make whatever moves are necessary in order to get sober. One of the most important first steps in a healthy pregnancy is proper prenatal care. It is vital that you know that being drug tested in your early screenings and doctor’s appointments is mandatory.If the results are positive this could potentially cause difficulties with the custody of your child. However, if you are considering adoption, you may wish for an open adoption so that you may still have a presence in your child’s life. The adoption process will be much smoother if you make a commitment to staying clean, for both you and your baby.
We at Adoption Choices of Colorado understand the complexities of addiction and want to support you while you go through these challenging times. We are happy to provide transportation to any doctor’s appointments or tours of hospital facilities. We are also willing to help you apply for Medicaid and discuss additional medical expenses that can be covered by the adoptive family. If you are struggling with addiction, these kinds of initiatives could be life-changing.
Placing Your Child in an Adoptive Family
If you are dealing with addiction during pregnancy, you have to help yourself first by getting clean. That is what helps your baby. However, staying clean while caring for a newborn is no small feat. To place your child with an adoptive family can be very heart-wrenching. However, it may be the best solution for both you and the child. It allows you to focus on the betterment of your own life and trying to stay free of your addictions. This will also allow your child to grow up in a home with safe and loving parents, where their exposure to drug abuse will be non-existent.
This may feel like admitting defeat, and we don’t underestimate the grief that placing a child for adoption can cause. However, this is really a show of strength. It’s a labor of love to give your child the best chance at life possible. If you are fearful of adoptive families judging or passing over your child, there’s no need. There are many wonderful and loving families that are more than willing to take a baby that has been exposed to drug addiction.
One aspect that the adoption process and drug addiction have in common is the need for support groups. There is such value in sharing your experiences with others who can relate. We know you may feel isolated and like there is no worth in what you have to say, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Adoption Choices of Colorado provides free support groups with other birth mothers and staff. These birth mothers have either gone through the adoption process, or are currently experiencing it.
We understand that your addiction may play a role in your decision to choose adoption. While we are not a treatment facility for drug addiction, we are here to listen to your grievances. Our counseling staff is fully prepped to help you work through any traumas that may have surrounded your life during the adoption process. For, when it comes to dealing with the intricacies of drug addiction, we advise you to seek out professionals in that field. If you need any assistance with finding those resources, we are more than happy to help you.
Protect Your Child
There is no shame in needing support and counseling for anything, especially issues like addiction and adoption. For some birth mothers, this may be the best way to protect your child. If you’re scared that you cannot care for a child at this stage of your life, placing them with a loving adoptive family is the best form of care. This is especially true for an addict, where it is highly necessary to improve your own quality of life in order to be there for other people. It ensures a better life for your child, and for you, with the possibility of you both forming some sort of relationship in the future. Many birth mothers have found that in choosing adoption, they did right by their kids.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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