If you or a loved one face an unplanned pregnancy, adoption is not the first option most people point to. Due to perceived notions about abortion and its spiritual and physical impacts, the assumption is that it is the best choice. However, adoption is not the same process as it used to be. There are several reasons that adoption is a better choice than abortion for everyone involved, especially you and your baby. Let’s take a look at three things you should know about adoption in 2021.
MORE THAN ONE OPTION
Adoption used to be an impersonal process, especially if you were pregnant as a minor. You may have heard the stories about homes where young mothers were sent to have their babies, who they never saw again after the birth. In these scenarios, closed adoption was the norm. A closed adoption works by the separation of you and your baby after birth, with little or no contact afterwards. You may not even know anything about who your baby’s adoptive family is or where they are located. Luckily, there are many alternatives to closed adoptions available now. It is possible to have a relationship with your baby’s adoptive family and even get to know your child as they grow as well.
RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BABY
The nature of open adoptions allows for biological parents to have a relationship with their children even after another family adopts them. While the details and specifics on how this works out differs depending on the situation, there is much more flexibility with open adoption than closed agreements. You might be able to keep in contact with your child through phone calls, emails or even in person visits in some cases. On the other hand, if you are interested in a closed adoption, they are still available, but open arrangements are much more common. The possibility of a relationship with your child is something that did not exist a generation or two ago.
FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR DECISION
Finally, you can feel good about your decision to give another family the chance to adopt. Women who have abortions often feel regret afterwards, as well as other forms of physical and and emotional pain. If you feel that you cannot parent, providing a family with the ability to love and raise a child gives them a precious gift. You also have the freedom and ability to pursue your goals and experiences without harming your child. As difficult as it is, deciding to put your child up for adoption is a brave choice. You can feel good about how your decision benefits everyone involved.
If you’re pregnant and want to learn more about adoption, book a free consultation at Clearway Clinic locations in Worcester and Springfield. Schedule your consultation today.