Placing a baby for adoption is an incredibly difficult decision. We talk to pregnant women all the time who have questions about adoption and how it will work. It’s important to remember that many women choose adoption – for many different reasons.
If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy or you’re considering adoption, the most important thing you can do is talk to an adoption agency. Every situation is unique, and an adoption professional can help you understand all of the different aspects.
Only you know your own mind, but these are the most common reasons why a woman chooses to place her baby for adoption.
1. I’m not ready to be a mother
Many times, age is a big factor in the decision to place a child for adoption. Younger mothers often feel that they’re just not ready to raise a child. Older mothers might have already raised a family and a new baby could disrupt career plans or general lifestyle.
2. I don’t want to be a single parent
While many single mothers are successful in their careers while being amazing mothers, some women don’t feel like the single mother life is a good option. Many women want their baby to grow up with two parents, and when the baby’s father isn’t going to be involved, adoption might be a better option.
3. I can’t afford to raise a baby
It’s expensive to raise a child. In fact, recent studies have shown that it now costs approximately $233,000 to raise a child to age 18! Sometimes adoption is simply a financial necessity.
4. I’ve got things I want to accomplish before becoming a parent
Some moms want to finish college. Others want to go further in their careers. Sometimes mothers want to travel. When you have a baby that’s your number one priority, you’ve got to adjust your life goals – so sometimes adoption is the solution.
5. I want to give my child a life I just can’t provide
Many expecting mothers didn’t plan for pregnancy, but abortion isn’t an option. They also know that they’re not capable of providing the life they’d like to provide for their baby. Adoption ends up being the best solution.
Adoption’s never an easy choice, but we’ve found that birth mothers who choose to place their babies for adoption rarely regret their decision. If you’re pregnant and considering adoption, call us any time at (972) 491-3333 and we’ll help you make the right decision for you and your baby.