Adoption is a life-changing decision for the child as well as for both the birth and adoptive parents. We say that adoption is a shared gift because of the many benefits experienced by everyone involved.
Here are some of the best ways that the gift of adoption can leave a lasting impact on each family.
For the Birth Family
Financial and Emotional Support
A pregnancy is a financial and emotional challenge whether it was intended or not. When you choose adoption, there are resources available to help manage those challenges. From medical doctors to counseling to support groups of birth mothers who have also made the loving choice to place babies for adoption, we want to make the process as easy as possible for you so you can focus on a healthy pregnancy. In some cases, assistance for housing, transportation to and from medical appointments, and more may be provided for you. Adoption Choices of Colorado is always there to answer your questions and guide you through the process.
The expense and personal sacrifice involved with raising a child may mean you have to put your personal educational, career, and other goals on hold. If you weren’t planning to have a child, adoption gives you the freedom to continue to pursue those goals while knowing the child is also being given the opportunities he needs to become the best he can be.
Peace of Mind
When you place your child for adoption, you can rest assured she’s going to be raised by a family who can provide a safe, nurturing home. Maybe you know you’re not in a situation to provide that, or maybe you already have kids who have exhausted your time and resources, and it’s unfair to them and to you to stretch those resources even further. Every adoption situation is different, but all of them offer the birth parents some peace of mind in knowing the child will be loved and well cared for.
For the Adoptive Parents
The Child You’ve Dreamed Of
There are many reasons why people adopt children, but it all comes down to this: you want to complete your family. You want the experience of raising a child and showing her the world, from soccer practice to skinned knees, the first dance to graduation day. Adoption gives you the opportunity to do that.
Whether you’re a couple who has experienced infertility struggles, a single man or woman who would like to be a parent without waiting for a partner, or a homosexual couple for whom adoption is preferable over a surrogate or donor, adoption is your opportunity to create a family. No matter your age, sexual orientation, gender, race, or income level, adoption is an option for you.
An Expanded Family
If you choose an open or semi-open adoption, you also have the opportunity to welcome the birth parents into your lives in a way that makes sense for all of you. In some cases, this might mean letters and calls; in other cases, it could include visiting and sharing special events and holidays. This is all up to you and the birth parents, but if it works for you, it’s an opportunity to expand your family.
The Shared Gift
By placing a baby for adoption, the birth parents are opening up a new world for you as the adoptive parents, a world that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. By choosing to adopt your child, you’re giving the birth parents the knowledge that the baby is loved, cared for, and provided with opportunities they may not have been able to provide.
In the middle of this is the child, the greatest gift of all. And what a remarkable gift you’re giving her, as well, by making her a part of your family. It doesn’t matter how a family comes together. The important part is love, and in an adoption, love is abundant in both families.