There is no doubt about it: adoption can be a very difficult decision to make. However, it can also be the right option for the child, depending on the situation. If you feel that raising a child is something you are not quite ready for, adoption can be an excellent option. It can provide your child with the type of life and stability you feel she deserves, even if you are not the one ultimately doing the parenting. Modern adoption does not necessarily mean never seeing your child again — there are multiple options that allow you to play an active, consistent role in your child’s life, even if you are not the primary caregiver.
If you are considering adoption, it is important to determine why you believe adoption is the right choice. It could be that you know you don’t want an abortion, but also feel you aren’t quite ready to be a parent. Perhaps the child’s father is not someone you can rely on, and you don’t feel comfortable raising him or her alone. Maybe it’s because of money. Whatever the reason, it is okay to have those concerns.
There are three types of adoptions: open, semi-open and closed adoption.
An open adoption allows you to choose the adoptive family, and discuss details about what kind of contact you might have with the child after placement.
A semi-open adoption only provides for limited contact between the birth parent(s) and the adoptive parent(s). This is typically done through a third party, usually an adoption agency.
A closed adoption does not allow for any contact with the child. However, it can provide some limited contact with his or her adoptive parents.
If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and thinking about adoption, contact 1st Choice today to learn more about your options.